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Creating Capacity for Attachment

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Trauma-Attachment Disorder

ed. by Arthur Becker-Weidman

Craig W. Clark, MA, MFT, faculty in the John F. Kennedy University Graduate School of Professional Psychology and therapist in private practice, has co-authored a book about the treatment of trauma/attachment disorders.

Contributors include seasoned therapists from around the country who have trained with Daniel A. Hughes, PhD, originator of this treatment approach.

“Creating Capacity for Attachment: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Trauma-Attachment Disorder” is a comprehensive book intended for therapists, parents, and other professionals who live and work with children who struggle with relationship problems rooted in unresolved trauma related to abuse, neglect and/or loss.

This type of experiential psychotherapy utilizes relationship-building interactions during sessions and with caregivers at home, to resolve trauma in people who have experienced abuse, neglect, loss or other extreme challenges to their primary relationships.

The 334-page text on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is published by Wood ‘N’ Barnes and is now available in bookstores near you and through

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The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Book

ed. by Arthur Becker-Weidman

For anyone who has ever wondered how to translate theory and concepts into practice, this book is the answer. Beginning with an overview of DDP, Becker Weidman brings us straight into the therapeutic session. Spanning the globe, seven very unique practioners share actual transcripts of therapy sessions that illustrate each principle of the treatment. A must read for both beginning and seasoned folk interested in healing hurt children and their families. (Janice Goldwater, LCSW-C).

This casebook illuminates Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy…in a way that makes it invaluable for therapists, graduate students, and clinical treatment supervisors. The contributing authors illustrate the creative integration of their personal styles with the theory and method, which is refreshing in contrast to some manualized approaches. The concept of phases of treatment introduced by Dr. Becker-Weidman provides context and mapping of the methodology in a way that contributes to reflective practice and case discussion. This is a must-have casebook for the clinician's bookshelf. (Michael Blugerman, MSW).

This collection of transcripts from sessions by certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapists gives therapists, educators, and child welfare and residential treatment professionals a detailed understanding of how Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is used to help children who have a history of neglect, abuse, orphanage care, or other experiences that may interfere with the normal development of attachment between parent and child. The book begins with a description of DDP, its essential components, andthe ways in which those components are used differentially in different phases of treatment. The transcripts that follow illustrate those components and their uses. They cover a diverse range of clients and families so that the reader can appreciate the depth and breadth of DDP. Both the editor and the therapists themselves provide analysis and commentary on the therapists' goals, impressions, and techniques. This book complements the treatment manual Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: Essential Methodsand Practices, and will be useful in graduate courses on treatment, child welfare, family therapy, and child psychology.

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