Happy Birthday

Attachment Colby Pearce National Psychology Exam

A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder turns ten years old this year!

It was significantly revised for the second edition (2016), but it remains a favorite for many.

At the time it was ‘written’ (2008 – though it evolved from lecture notes first prepared in 1999), it was representative of much that I had learnt across seventeen years practise as an applied researcher and Psychologist practising in child and adolescent mental health and child protection.

In the book, I challenged thinking of the time concerning the use of ADHD medication among children with a trauma history and I addressed the central importance of making and maintaining deep and lasting connections.

Organised around the concepts of Attachment, Arousal and Accessibility (to needs provision), the book was a pre-cursor to what would become known as the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care.

By including a reformulation of the operant conditioning paradigm, the book and I broke with common representations in the area of attachment and trauma and ‘spoke’ about the importance of what children learn about adults in a caregiving role (Accessibility, to needs provision). Without seeking to to do so, ‘we’ emulated the cross-disciplinary approach John Bowlby took when he first conceived of ‘Attachment Theory’.

Happy birthday first edition!

About colbypearce

I am a practising Clinical Psychologist with twenty-seven years’ experience working with children and young people recovering from abuse and neglect. I am also an author and educator in trauma-informed, therapeutic caregiving. My programs are implemented in Australia and Ireland, and I am well-known for my practical and accessible guidance for caregivers and professionals alike.
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