Trauma in Children and Young People: Reaching the Heart of the Matter

Author(s) : Christine Bradley, Author(s) : Francia Kinchington

Trauma in Children and Young People: Reaching the Heart of the Matter

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This book offers a unique combination of an in-depth examination of attachment, a refined and tested model of Needs Assessment and Therapeutic Treatment plans and applies it to specific contexts including those of children in residential/foster care, young offenders, and unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors.

Trauma in Children and Young People, the culmination of 40 years of experience in the field, focuses on the lives of children and young people who have experienced and live with the repercussion of early trauma. Accompanied with case studies, it examines how therapeutic intervention can enable children and young people to connect with their inner world of fragmented feelings and emotions and to develop a sense of ‘self’ that is real and has meaning.

This book is intended for professionals working therapeutically with traumatised children, such as therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health workers, social pedagogues, child and youth care workers, social workers, residential care workers and foster carers, teachers, youth justice workers, and child refugee agencies.

Reviews and Endorsements

‘This book was written by a practitioner steeped in therapeutic work with trauma. It offers invaluable insight to professionals working in a range of settings, such as residential units or schools. It is recommended as a guide for both experienced practitioners and those starting to navigate their way in the complex field of trauma and its aftermath.’
Graham Music, PhD, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Tavistock Centre, Author of Nurturing Natures and Nurturing Children

‘Building on the pioneering work of Winnicott and her own professional experience, Bradley has integrated recent findings to produce a model of practice which offers structure whilst fostering spontaneity and creativity. This framework makes a valuable contribution, enabling practitioners to build a deeper understanding of the children in their care and provide them with the individualised therapeutic care they need to recover from profound early trauma.'
Adrian Sutton, MB BS, FRC Psych., Professor, Director, Squiggle Foundation, Hon Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, University of Manchester

‘Early trauma too often results in lives that are overwhelmed by the challenge of managing life itself. It can lead to life-long destructive behaviour and – as I have seen too often in my work with prisoners – condemns damaged young people to a criminal justice system ill-equipped to do anything but add to their profound and enduring sense of dislocation. There is a better answer, a life-changing answer – effective, proven, therapeutic intervention. This important and urgent book should be required reading for all involved in policy-making and funding decisions around young people, setting out clearly and persuasively what can be done is based on Christine Bradley’s four decades of working in the field and the extraordinary results that follow.'
Peter Stanford, Writer, Editor, and Director, the Longford Trust for Prison Reform

Table of Contents

Section 1: From Theory to Therapeutic Treatment Plan
1. Attachment, Integration and Fragmentation
2. Assessing the Needs of Traumatised Children and Young People and Creating a Therapeutic Treatment Plan

Section 2. Reaching the Heart of the Matter
3. Making a Difference: Therapeutic Treatment and Practice with Young People in Residential Care
4. Reparenting Traumatised Children and Young People through Adoption
5. Preparing Traumatised Children and Adolescents for Long Term Foster Placement
6. Providing an Emotionally Secure Base for Children and Young People in Secure Children’s Homes and Youth Justice Settings
7. Finding their way: Helping and Supporting Unaccompanied Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Children and Young People to Settle
8. A Stepping Stone to the Future: The Role of Schools

About the Author(s)

Christine Bradley has worked with vulnerable children for over 40 years. She was senior officer for LB of Wandsworth and Director of the Caldecott College in Kent and is a consultant for organizations in residential care, therapeutic communities and adoption/fostering agencies. She is a Fellow of Dartington Social Policy Research Unit and has lectured internationally.

Francia Kinchington is an education consultant, analyst and editor with extensive international experience and publications and in leadership, psychology and leading change in Higher Education and schools. Formally a Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich for 25 years, she is an experienced doctoral supervisor and examiner and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

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