Attachment-Focused Family Therapy
By (author) Daniel A. Hughes
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Attachment-Focused Family Therapy by Daniel A. Hughes
Book DescriptionAnd for years, following these tenets, the theory's focus has been on how children develop vis-a-vis the attachments-whether secure or insecure-they form with their caregivers. In the therapy room, this has meant working with individuals one-on-one, with the therapist assuming the role of the attachment figure in order to provide a secure base for treating clients' problems that arose from troubled interpersonal relationships in childhood. Here, Daniel A. Hughes, an eminent clinician and attachment specialist, is the first to expand this traditional model, applying attachment theory to a family therapy setting. Drawing on more than 20 years of clinical experience, Hughes presents his comprehensive, effective, and accessible treatment model for working with all members of a family-not simply the individual in question-to recognize, resolve, and heal personal and family problems using principles from theories of attachment and intersubjectivity. Beginning with an overview of attachment and intersubjectivity-the twin theories from which he forms his treatment plan-Hughes carefully outlines, chapter by chapter, the core principles and strategies of his family-based approach. He elaborates on the need to develop and maintain PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy)-the central therapeutic stance of attachment-focused family therapy-and supplies tips and sample dialogues for implementing this position. The importance of fostering affective/reflective (a/r) dialogue is covered in detail, as well as helping families to manage shame, understand and embrace the break-and-repair cycle of their interactions, and explore and resolve childhood trauma. Also discussed are the more procedural issues of how to incorporate parents into therapeutic conversations, when and how to question them on their own attachment histories, and how to "be" with children. Grounded in the fundamental principle of parents facilitating the healthy emotional development of their children, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy is the first book of its kind to offer therapists a complete manual for using attachment therapy with families. Extensive case studies, vignettes, and sample dialogues throughout clearly demonstrate how Hughes's model plays out in the therapy room. By showing therapists how to create a bond of psychological safety and intersubjective discovery with parents and caregivers, Hughes reveals how they, in turn, can bring about similar experiences of safety and discovery for their children.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393705263
(244mm x 165mm x 28mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 13-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Daniel A. Hughes
Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy, Hardback (September 2016)
Uniting attachment-focused therapy and neurobiology to help distrustful and traumatised children revive a sense of trust and connection.
Restoring Resilience, Hardback (June 2015)
Cultivating what is right, rather than focusing on what is wrong, for therapy that works.
8 Keys to Building Your Best Relationships, Paperback (October 2013)
Bringing attachment theory essentials to everyday life.
Brain-Based Parenting, Hardback (April 2012)» View all books by Daniel A. Hughes
An attachment specialist and a clinical psychologist with neurobiology expertise team up to explore the brain science behind parenting.
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Author Biography - Daniel A. Hughes
Daniel A. Hughes, PhD, is a prominent attachment specialist and private practitioner. President of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute, he consults and gives trainings in the U.S. and abroad on issues of attachment and family therapy. He is the author of Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook, and Attachment-Focused Parenting.
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