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Publisher's Summary

Building the Bonds of Attachment is the third edition of a critically acclaimed book for social workers, therapists, and parents who strive to assist children with reactive attachment disorder. This work is a composite case study of the developmental course of one child following years of abuse and neglect. Building the Bonds of Attachment focuses on both the specialized psychotherapy and parenting that is often necessary in facilitating a child's psychological development and attachment security. It develops a model for intervention by blending attachment theory and research, trauma theory, and the general principles of parenting, together with child and family therapy. This book is a practical guide for the adult - whether professional or parent - who endeavors to help such children. The third edition of this widely popular book will present the many recent changes in the intervention model. These include changes in both the psychotherapist's and parent's interventions. The attachment history of the adults is made more relevant. There is greater congruence between attachment theory and research and the interventions being demonstrated as well as greater reference to this theory and research.

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Best book ever

10/10/17- a must read for all working with kids in foster care or anyone interested in lea

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Honest, should be required read for social workers

I wish I had read this before our first foster placement. I hope our county case worker will read this. I've recommended this book to many friends. My family has a lot to think about and discuss after reading this book.

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Don't waste your time

I see a lot of positive reviews, so maybe I'm off-base in writing that I found the book to be too vague; all theory and lacking specific interventions and strategies. Lots of "we're going to help her feel accepted..." without the specific ways that was accomplished. Lots of story, which is intriguing, but not culminating in specific therapeutic practices to help the reader. I was hoping for a structured approach, that's not what you'll get in this book.

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Foster Care required reading!


This book is perfext for all foster parents and those who work with fosterkids!

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What a book!

Such a good reading. So enlightening and educational. I just loved it. I wish this had been a true story.

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Not what I expected.

I loved the narrator. His voice was perfect for this story. The book was not what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised. The author managed to create a clinically useful work that harnesses the power of emotional attachment that one can experience for the main characters of a story. In this way the reader is drawn in and feels a bit of investment in Katy.

In truth, deductive reasoning lead me to speculate the outcome based upon the principle of the book. Nevertheless, I frequently found myself waiting in expectation of how Katy would act in given situations and what tools Jackie would use to address her behavior.

It is a fantastic audiobook and one I will recommend to my fellow clinicians.

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Exceptional book!

A monumental work, describing the life of a neglected child, from newborn to being an 8 year-old girl. He describes the abuse when she was a baby (tough to hear but necessary, in order to understand her), how she was taken from her abusive parents and placed in foster homes, and how she started to develop a secure attachment only when she found a prepared foster mother and a knowledgeable therapist. What I liked the most was that it is told as a story (full of rich details) so that it reads easily, but at the same time the author has commentaries at the end of each chapter talking about everyone's behaviour from an expert's point of view. The story provided many examples of what not to do with a kid such as this (the first foster homes) and the countless examples of how to successfully form a bond with her, describing how her foster mom and therapist continously work with her, and with her case worker asking the questions that readers might want to ask (the dumb questions!) so that it's never too technical to understand. In summary, a mix of fiction and nonfiction like I have never seen before, that provided me with real life examples and situations on how to act. I read all of Dan Siegel's work on attachment and this is an excellent complement, as one often wonders how the concepts apply in real life situations when kids are misbehaving time and again. It also reminded me of The boy who was raised as a dog, although this book provides just one example but in much more detail, and provides the perspective of a mother as well. Highly recommended!!!

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The best audiobook I have heard!

An excellent experience for me. Deepened my understanding of trauma and attachment. Surpassed my expectations!

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Awesome resource for attachment and developmental trauma

This book takes you through the full process of a successful therapy journey that makes you feel that you are right there. Awesome book!

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profoundly moving and educational.

The audio book offered tremendous insight into the practice of attachment theory. It was helpful