Attachment and Family Therapy

Author(s) : Patricia McKinsey Crittenden, Author(s) : Rudi Dallos, Author(s) : Andrea Landini, Author(s) : Kasia Kozlowska

Attachment and Family Therapy

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Attachment and Family Therapy offers an integrative, family-based approach to understanding and addressing the psychological and relational needs of distressed children and their parents. The book blends attachment theory and basic developmental research with the diverse insights and methods of all schools of family systems theory. The problems addressed range from mild developmental issues, to autism, ADHD, disability, divorce and separation, psychosomatic disorders, and child protection and out-of-home placement.

The solutions described involve not only traditional forms of family therapy, but also formulations and conceptualizations that combine individual, couples, and family work around specific issues. Crittenden, Dallos, Landini and Kozlowska present a model of attachment that fits the breadth of clinical variation, focuses on family strengths, is developmentally sophisticated and structurally informed by insights from neurology and information-processing. This model generates a systemic approach to treatment in which dysfunction is interpersonal. It is a response to real danger experienced by family members and requires uniquely sensitive interpersonal responses.

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Patricia McKinsey Crittenden is a developmental psychopathologist who worked with Mary Ainsworth at the University of Virginia to develop the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation. She pioneered video-feedback with maltreating mothers in the early 1970s, ran a family support centre, trained as a behavioural and family systems therapist, was the Director of the Miami Child Protection Team, and consulted to family courts in several countries. She has developed a life-span series of assessments of attachment. In 2004, she was given a Career Achievement Award by the European Family Therapy Association. She has published more than 100 empirical papers and chapters, as well as several books, and is the founding Chair of The International Association for the Study of Attachment.

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Rudi Dallos is Programme Director and Professor in Clinical Psychology on the Plymouth University doctoral training course in clinical psychology. He is also a consultant clinical psychologist and teaches on several family therapy training courses. He has published a number books including Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling (2005, co-written with Arlene Vetere), Attachment Narrative Therapy (2006) and Reflective Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling (2009, co-edited with Jacqui Stedmon).

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Andrea Landini is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. For two decades, he collaborated with Patricia Crittenden in the development of the Dynamic-Maturational Model. He teaches the DMM and its assessment methods internationally, has published many articles and edited volumes on the DMM. He is on the faculty of several Italian schools of cognitive and family systems psychotherapy.

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Kasia Kozlowska is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at The Children's Hospital in Sydney, Australia, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics and Child Health, and Clinician Researcher at the Brain Dynamics Centre, all in the University of Sydney Medical School. She has published numerous papers, particularly on the topics of mind-body interactions, treatment of children with somatic symptoms, multimodal approaches for complex presentations, and the integration of DMM and systems thinking into clinical practice.

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