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‘The Little Book of Attachment’ by Dan Hughes and Ben Gurney-Smith published

30 June 2020
The Little Book of Attachment © W. W. Norton

We would like to celebrate the the publication of ‘The Little Book of Attachment: Theory to Practice in Child Mental Health with Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy’ by Dan Hughes and Ben Gurney-Smith.

Written as a practical guide, this book is a vital and grounded exploration of child mental health and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

As Ben writes, The Little Book of Attachment “brings DDP into the broader field of child mental health by returning to attachment theory and the research associated with mental health and attachment. Dan and Ben explain how as an attachment based model, DDP may help address a triad of developmental features associated with attachment which are also common in child mental health problems. Alongside practical recommendations and clinical dialogue, they delve deeper into the research and attachment theory to outline how DDP can be useful alongside other treatments, in addressing child mental health problems.”

“Ben and I believe that The Little Book shows the many ways that principles of attachment that are utilized in an integrated manner by DDP are applicable for all models of therapy and care. Therapeutic goals that involve the development of trust, regulation of affective states and development of reflective functioning are all more easily attained with a secure attachment.” – Dan Hughes

Dr Dan Hughes is the Founder of DDP, DDP Trainer and celebrated author, and Dr Ben Gurney-Smith is a DDPI Board Member, the DDPI Board Research Co-ordinator and Clinical Lead for the Therapy Teams at Adoptionplus.

More information about the book can be found in the DDP Library and from the publisher W.W. Norton & Company, and it is available from all good bookshops.


W.W. Norton USA are offering 20% off for U.S. based customers when you buy the book via their website using this link.

If in the UK you can take advantage of this offer by going to the W.W. Norton UK website and entering the code WNWEB at checkout.

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