Safety, Danger, and Protection in the Family and Community: A Systemic and Attachment-Informed Approach

Editor : Szymon Chrzastowski, Editor : Arlene Vetere

Safety, Danger, and Protection in the Family and Community: A Systemic and Attachment-Informed Approach

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : November 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 272
  • Category :
    Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy
  • Catalogue No : 97265
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032311098
  • ISBN 10 : 1032311096
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This book provides an analysis of the meaning of safety and security across the contexts of community and public life, throughout the life span, and within a therapeutic framework, examining threats and the strategies for coping with them.

The book starts with a discussion of general safety and security concepts in the socio-cultural context. Part two of the book then centres on safety and security at different life stages, while part three details the role of a sense of security in psychological assistance, psychotherapy, and supervision. Drawing on the tenets of modern attachment theory and trauma theory, chapter authors address questions of safety, danger and protection for both individuals and groups, across a variety of fields of knowledge and expertise. Themes such as loneliness, play and exploration, evil and forgiveness, health and death, and spirituality and healing are discussed as practice examples, learning points, and tips.

A wide range of health and social care professional practitioners will find this book useful in exploring social, interpersonal and psychological aspects of safety and security.

Reviews and Endorsements

The texts in this book are both touching and enlightening. We comprehend through this volume how our basic needs for security and safety are intertwined with culture, politics and the influence of anthropocentrism on nature. We zoom in from the global level to the community, and then to family relations. The foresight and the courage of editors and authors must be highlighted. I wish this book a wide readership as it is an extremely rich and precious compendium for further thinking and acting.
Maria Borcsa, PhD, Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen, Germany. Past President of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA)

'The times they are a-changin', Bob Dylan sang. We live in a world of unprecedented adversity and unpredictability at a global scale. This book compels psychotherapists to think, reflect and act in adversity (climate changes, migration, pandemics, war) across different contexts (global, community, and couple-family). To face this challenge, one must navigate safety and security, as proposed by the Editors. Arlene and Simon guide us through a most wonderful voyage in a systemic-attachment ship where some authors share ideas to fight people’s vulnerability. An inspirational, useful, and respectful expedition.
Ana Paula Relvas, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal

We live in a world with a desperate need to understand and ameliorate dangers at every level of human life. This fascinating book is rooted in the extensive experience of Arlene Vetere in family violence and the shared base with her co-editor Szymon Chrząstowski in attachment narrative therapy. It coordinates the rich experience of its diverse authors in progressive contexts of the world, the community and the family. The book offers a sophisticated and carefully coordinated understanding of the wide ramifications and considerations of safety and security at each level of context. This structure will equip readers to understand the sources of danger at each level and to know what resources are available or could be mobilised for people and communities.
Peter Stratton, Emeritus Professor of Family Therapy, Leeds, UK

Table of Contents


Part I: Safety and security in the world
1. The need for safety and security
Bibi van den Berg

2. Looking for a safe Self in a dangerous world. The place of psychotherapists: citizens - observers - beacons
Barbara Józefik and Bogdan de Barbaro

3. When home becomes a threat. Polish experience of homo-, bi- and transphobia
Daniel Bąk

4. Living with climate change and environmental crisis. Between climate anxiety and new collective narratives
Magdalena Budziszewska

5. Ecocultural context of attachment security, sense of safety, and trust
Katarzyna Lubiewska

Part II: Safety and security in the community context
6. “I am still scattered”: Attachment security and belonging after forced migration
Lydia Guthrie

7. “We will keep you safe”: Reflections on caring relationships in children’s residential homes
Laura Ogi, Andy Glossop and Olivia Polisano

8. Safety and danger in an intensive care context: Psychological and systemic approaches to staff support during the COVID-19 pandemic (and beyond)
Jennifer Wallis

9. Safety and security in psychotherapy practice and supervision
Arlene Vetere

10. Spirituality – A meaningful philosophy of life and a “lifeline” in times of crises
Åse Holmberg and Per Jensen

Part III: Safety and security in a couple & family context
11. Caregiver Roles in Children’s Threat and Safety Learning: Neuroscientific Evidence and Real-World Implications
Jordan L. Mullins and Kalina J. Michalska

12. ‘Beyond Sensitivity’: Understanding caregiving compromises in adverse contexts using the Meaning of the Child Interview
Benedict Grey

13. Safety in the home-school system with relation to autism: The SwiS approach
Tara Vassallo, Rudi Dallos & Rebecca Stancer

14. ‘and nothing but the Truth’
Chip Chimera

15. Second Phase Parenting: Attachment and parenting adult children
Myrna Gower

16. Polyamorous relationships: Inspirations in the search for new ways of understanding safety and security
Szymon Chrząstowski

17. Dying, death and bereavement
Jo Wilson

About the Editor(s)

Szymon Chrząstowski, PhD, is a lecturer at Warsaw University and has an independent psychotherapeutic practice. He resides in Poland and Portugal.

Arlene Vetere is Deputy Director of Clinical Psychology Doctorate training at Surrey University and a family therapist, registered with the UKCP. She is also President of the European Family Therapy Association.

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