Child-Centred Attachment Therapy: The CcAT Programme

Author(s) : Alexandra Maeja Raicar, Author(s) : Maggie Gall, Author(s) : Pauline Sear

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Child-Centred Attachment Therapy: The CcAT Programme

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This book describes the development of the Child-Centred Attachment Therapy (CcAT) model of working with children with attachment difficulties. The authors describe, in a vivid and accessible manner, the complexities involved in supporting parents in their struggles to respond positively to the needs of children who have been traumatised by their early experiences. After many years of working with a number of families with children who act out their hurt through difficult behaviours, the authors offer their insights to help both parents and professionals to understand and deal more effectively with such behaviours. The CcAT therapists give an impressive account of their belief in a therapeutic approach that focuses on attachment and protection as prerequisites for promoting healthy relationships.

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'CcAT is an elegant blend of art and science - the art of the family therapist, and the science of attachment research. Maeja Raicar and colleagues bring a clarity and freshness to working with very troubled children in foster or adoptive families.'
- Sir Richard Bowlby

'Maeja and her colleagues have written about their learning from The CcAT Programme in an engaging way, interweaving stories with theoretical material. Quite complex ideas from attachment theory and newer research are presented clearly, with a brief and useful explanation of the terminology used. CcAT offers a useful model of attachment work that can help to safeguard children: a multi-disciplinary team approach that emphasises the importance of being able to reflect honestly and respectfully with colleagues on the risks involved and effectiveness of the therapeutic work.'
- Dr Vivien Nice, Lecturer in Social Work, University of East Anglia

'This book is a must for anyone working with children and families where broken trust and disrupted attachments make developing trusting and satisfying relationships almost impossible. The book interweaves passion and empathy with comprehensive and up to date theoretical knowledge and skills that make for a very accessible and inclusive holistic model for any one working in this field. I found the level of sensitivity, insight and empathy that the writers had for their clients refreshing and inspiring. I thoroughly recommend it!'
- Rosie Ingham, Manager, Time Out Young People's Centre - Solihull NSPCC Counselling and Advocacy Centre for Children and Young People

'The passion and humility of the author and contributors with their willingness to continue to learn is impressive, as is the wealth of material they have presented. The book's construction of this holistic therapy, with its excellent explanatory diagrams and interwoven appropriate case histories, also makes accessible reading. Practical and helpful appendices complete the book.'
- Jenny Bloomer, Counselling Children and Young People

The Long Term Impact of Attachment Difficulties on Families
Background to the Development of CcAT
From Theory to Practice: CcAT as a 'working model'
Phase 2 of the CcAT Programme - 1996
Phase 3 of the CcAT Programme - 1997 to 2007
Re-evaluating CcAT
CcAT therapists' learning; users' perspectives.
A future for CcAT: spreading the word amongst professionals
Overall learning from CcAT: who can benefit

About the Author(s)

Maeja Raicar is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist, parent/infant psychotherapist, life coach, NLP and EFT practitioner. She has a CQSW, B.A. (Hons.) degree in English and a M.Sc. in the Sociology of Health and Illness. Her dissertation on her social work experience of adoption was published under the title of Teenage Pregnancy: the social making and unmaking of mothers (1984, Birmingham, Pepar Publications). She has a private therapy practice and works part-time at the Post-Adoption Centre, London.

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