Towards Belonging: Negotiating New Relationships for Adopted Children and Those in Care

Editor : Andrew Briggs

Towards Belonging: Negotiating New Relationships for Adopted Children and Those in Care

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2015
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 288
  • Category :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 37182
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782203247
  • ISBN 10 : 1782203249

Reviews and Endorsements

‘All children need to know that they belong. In this extraordinarily rich collection of chapters, expert authors from a wide range of professions and theoretical persuasions explore this great and often unmet need amongst the most troubled children and young people in society, and reflect on how to respond in helpful and healing ways. This book will help to establish the whole theme of belonging as an area of focus and concern both in professional practice and in academic discourse.’
— Adrian Ward, author of Leadership in Residential Child Care and formerly consultant social worker at the Tavistock Clinic

‘Written by a multidisciplinary group of professionals, this book should become a basic text as it is essential reading for all parents, social workers, and therapists working with a child experiencing attachment, trauma, separation, and loss. The book shows how a child and his or her caregivers’ primitive protections against anxiety prohibit intimacy and dependency, and how understanding the projected feelings evoked in the adults and the child can lead to a sense of belonging to one another and avoid ruptured relationships.’
— Jeanne Magagna, former Head of Psychotherapy Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

‘This is a well-timed contribution to the field of social care and psychotherapy. Towards Belonging is full of practical examples, useful concepts, and philosophical riches located within real practice settings that are cognisant of, and affected by, state and social policy contexts. The book is a rallying call for the recognition of the complexity of practice at a time when financial cuts create restrictive practices that pervade mental health and social care services. What impresses in each contribution is the author’s commitment to engage with head and heart in finding ways to help children to belong.’
— Jim Wilson, consultant systemic family therapist and author of Child-Focused Practice: A Collaborative Systemic Approach and The Performance of Practice: Enhancing the Repertoire of Therapy with Children and Families

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