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A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with Attachment Difficulties (2010) Author: Chris Taylor, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

A practical guide BooksFrom the back cover…

‘…an important bridge between attachment theory and research and providing appropriate care for child who are most in need.  Most importantly, it reminds us that in order for these children and young people to successfully recover from their emotional traumas, those providing their care must keep in mind the key concept of attachment security.  The author successfully utilizes cognitive and behavioural interventions in the context of attachment, maximizing their effectiveness and demonstrating how best to care for these children and young people’  – Dan Hughes, PhD, psychologist and author of Building the Bonds of Attachment, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy and Attachment-Focused Parenting. ​

‘This book provides a wealth of informative and practical ideas for parenting young people who have experienced early trauma and disrupted attachments.  Parents and carers are given a whole approach to parenting as well as specific ideas for specific problems, and special reference is made to the often neglected issue of how to parent children living within children’s homes.  This book is a treasure trove of theory and practical ideas for foster carers, residential  care workers and for the professionals who are supporting them’  – Kim S. Golding, Clinical Psychology, DClinPsy, clinical psychologist with the Integrated Service for Looked After and Adopted Children (ISL), Worcester, UK.

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Empathic Care for Children with Disorganized Attachments: A Model for Mentalizing, Attachment and Trauma Informed Care.  (2012) Author: Chris Taylor, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Taylor Empathic Care f 978 1 84905 182 8 colourjpg print 200x300 BooksFrom the forward…

‘An intriguing and profound model…The advice from the therapeutic approach endorsed in this book is the integration of empathic, gentle exploration with a relentless concern with the child’s subjective experience unalloyed by presumption and presumptuous expert knowledge.  This has to be at the core of our work and any framework which facilitates this endeavour is to be enthusiastically welcomed and it is in this spirit that I recommend this book’  – Professor Peter Fonagy, Head of Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, and Chief executive, Anna Freud Centre, UK.

From the back cover…

‘…combines contemporary theory and research with considerable expertise and sensitivity.  It should be on every student’s “essential reading” list and prominent on practitioners’ bookshelves.  Chris Taylor shows how young minds struggle to deal with the paradoxical “fear without solution” resulting from a child’s safe haven being simultaneously a place of dread and fear.  Here also is a definitive account of how trauma can be overcome through caring, reliable and secure relationships’ – Professor David Shemmings, Co-Director of the Centre for Child Protection. UK and Director of Assessment of Disorganised Attachment and Maltreatment (ADAM) Project.

‘A wealth of approaches are described, which provide an excellent range of tools and methods that are not only clear and practical, but also supported by the latest findings of neuroscience research.  This is a unique and valuable book in that it takes a growing and respected theoretical approach and applies it specifically for those involved in the residential and foster care of traumatized children.’ – Patrick Tomlinson, children’s services consultant and author of Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Young People.


Polish edition 208x300 BooksKsiążka stanowi cenne źródło praktycznych informacji dla osób opiekujących się dziećmi, które doświadczyły traumy, przemocy czy zaniedbania – w tym dla opiekunów zastępczych i pracowników ośrodków opiekuńczo-wychowawczych – oraz dla wspierających te osoby specjalistów: pedagogów, psychologów i terapeutów.

A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Adolescents with Attachment Difficulties, translated into Polish by Lucyna Wierzbowska.


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  1. SG

    “Dear Chris, We were introduced to your amazing book ‘Empathic Care for Children with Disorganized Attachment’ by our local NHS team. It is the first time we were given any hope of “recovery” for our 18 year old daughter” SG

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