Dan Hughes, Ph.D. recently released the third edition of his book, Building Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Traumatized Children.
The book is a composite case history of a child named Katie. Her story begins in an abusive home and then moved into several foster homes. She finally was placed in a foster home with her foster parent, Jackie, who used DDP parenting principles and therapy to help this child find love again.
“Updates to the Third Edition include:
- Coverage of the greater preparation given to both the therapist and parent before the onset of the treatment and placement based on our understanding of how the attachment histories of both the parents and therapists impact their engagement with the child
- Introduction of the concept of blocked care to better understand the challenges of raising a traumatized child with attachment difficulties
- Introduction of the classification of developmental trauma that is now commonly used to describe the challenges faced by children such as Katie
- Expanded coverage of intersubjectivity with demonstrations throughout the book as to its impact on the development of the child
- Stronger development of the therapeutic and parenting stance of PACE (playful, accepting, curious, empathic) since this has become a strong organizing principle for training both therapists and parents using the dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP) model
- Updated examples of the components of DDP (affective-reflective dialogue, follow-lead-follow, interactive repair, deepening the narrative) and a discussion of the ties between DDP and new research in interpersonal neurobiology”
— Rowman & Littlefield Publishers