Attachment-Focused Family Therapy

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Published USA, 2007 
In this book Daniel Hughes, an eminent clinician and attachment specialist, expands the traditional model of attachment theory and applies it to a family therapy setting. Drawing on more than twenty 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. 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 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. Extensive case studies, vignettes and sample dialogues throughout clearly demonstrate how Hughes`s model plays out in the therapy room.

Daniel Hughes has specialized in dyadic developmental psychotherapy for 25 years.
Hardback. 280 pages
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