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Our own response to the pandemic reflects the experience of maltreated children

Uncertainty, including in relation to our health and the health of our loved ones, our access to basic needs, and what the future holds, is anxiety-evoking. It can leave us preoccupied with accessing basic needs and lead us to behave in ways that increase our chances of being able to achieve needs provision, and feel safe. Uncertainty, coupled with the media coverage of the pandemic, can leave us experiencing ourselves as inadequate, others as threatening and dangerous, and the world as unsafe. The current uncertainty, and its psychological impacts on us, provides an insight into what life is like for children and young people who are recovering from a tough start to life.
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Therapeutic Parenting – The CARE Curriculum

Since I began updating A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder in early 2016, the CARE Therapeutic Framework is the name I have used when referring to content and strategies associated with the CARE Model (Consistency, Accessibility, Responsiveness, Emotional … Continue reading

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What is Attachment Disorder?

Over the last three decades, the term ‘attachment disorder’ has entered into common usage among professionals and carers who interact with children who display markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate relatedness to others. With greater awareness of the consequences of attachment … Continue reading

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Understanding, Connection and Wellbeing

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We all need CARE

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Four Essential Enrichment Activities to Promote Recovery at School from Interpersonal Trauma

Greet the child before they do anything to initiate engagement with you. Greeting children in this way offers them the experience that they are in your thoughts, that they are worthy and that you are accessible. This is necessary as … Continue reading

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CARERS must CARE – Lessons on attachment from Colby Pearce

It was such a privilege to be asked recently to write a review for Colby Pearce’s second edition of a ‘Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder’. Colby Pearce is one of the leading experts in attachment and as a … Continue reading

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Foster Carers report Model of Care Interesting and Helpful

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is an independent authority established to drive high-quality and safe care for people using health and social care services in Ireland. HIQA monitors foster care services against the National Standards for Foster Care, … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Childcare – The CARE Approach

Earlier this year I set about revising and updating A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder. The second edition is available from December 2016. As part of the revision process I considered what we might mean when talking about … Continue reading

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Attachment theory made simple

The following is an excerpt from Carr, S. (2013). Attachment in Sport, Exercise and Wellness. Routledge: London and New York (pp 1-2) Some months ago a graduate student came to my office visibly excited after reading the prologue section in … Continue reading

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