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Fostering Changes: Myth, Meaning And Magic Bullets in Attachment Theory Paperback – October 1, 2006

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"A clear and powerful explanatory model on how to understand and treat the disturbed and disturbing behavior of foster and adopted children. Dr. Delaney's long years of experience shed much needed light on the unique struggles of these courageous children and families." --Caesar Pacifici, Ph.D., Northwest Media, Inc.

About the Author

Richard J. Delaney is an internationally known trainer and consultant who has worked with troubled youth since 1970. He has consulted with foster and adoptive parents, caseworkers and child care agencies over the past thirty years. Dr. Delaney offers online training at; he is also the lead faculty for online courses in the Portland State University Adoption-Competent Mental Health Certificate program. Dr. Delaney received his PhD in clinical psychology from Loyola University of Chicago in 1973, but his real education began when he started working with foster and adoptive parents.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wood N Barnes; 3RD edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885473699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885473691
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fostering Changes: Myth, Meaning, and Magic Bullets in Attachment Theory is a helpful and practical book for both the lay-person (i.e. foster parent or adoptive parent) as well as for the therapist or social worker. I recommend this book and have found it helpful both for my work as a therapist and in support of children who are in the foster care system that I have in my personal life. Contrary to the incorrect review of the 2nd edition by another reader Dr Delaney opposes coercive attachment disorder therapies such as holding or forced eye contact, etc. (e.g. page 115). This book give a good overview both of the historical and evolving understanding on attachment theory, current and mainstream practices on attachment work, official versus unofficial RAD diagnosis, practical steps that caregivers can take, understanding the child in the larger context of the family and caregiver-child dyad, and suggestions for reinterpreting the child's behavior in more benevolent ways that lead to new and more creative interventions rather than paralyzing the caregiver into a punitive response. So this will challenge the caregiver to reflect on his or her own attachment as they enter into the dyad with the child. I recommend this book with two thumbs up.
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