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Attachment, Trauma and Resilience: Therapeutic Caring for Children [Paperback]

Kate Cairns
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Book Description

1 Jun 2002
Kate Cairns is a social worker by profession who has also, over a 25-year period and along with her husband and birth children, fostered 12 other children who remain part of their family group. In this compelling book she draws on the wealth of her personal and professional experience to offer a vivid glimpse into family life with children who have experienced attachment difficulties, loss, abuse and trauma, and shows in a range of everyday situations how the family responded to the powerful feelings and difficult behaviours the children displayed. Drawing on knowledge and ideas that helped her make sense of this experience, the author includes suggestions for carers and professionals on what may be observed in children with unmet attachment needs and post-traumatic stress disorders, and what can be done to promote recovery and develop resilience.

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) (1 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190369910X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903699102
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...a great achievement, beautifully written. It renders complex experiences and scientific detail in an acccessible but precise style. -- Book review, Adoption & Fostering, Vol 26 No.1, Spring 2002

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We think this is a remarkable and compassionate book, offering powerful insights into the strong feelings and difficult behaviours likely to be displayed by children who have experienced overwhelming stress. Anyone at BAAF who has read it thinks it's a great read and recommends it highly.

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attachment, Trauma and Resilience 27 Nov 2003
A fantastic book, well written in a friendly easy to read manner. As a foster carer, i found it very useful and especially liked the fact that it is written in a way which allows you to access the section required without having to re-read the whole book. She writes from experience and gives examples which as foster carers, we can identify with and learn from. The book gave us a deeper understanding of where the children we care for are coming from. The book gives us examples of how to help these children overcome some very traumatic episodes of their lives.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative & Really Useful 9 April 2011
Kate Cairns takes us through likely scenarios when dealing with adopted/fostered children. This book strips away the glamour of fostering and adoption to reveal the much more challenging, and much more rewarding reality. This is a really useful guide to what is likely to be going on in that little head and why. In particular she presents the science of brain development and the impact of damage during development in an accessible way. The interventions suggested are practical. She also explains the impact of various behaviours on others - for example the angry (or sad) child who projects the anger so that s/he is seemingly always surrounded by people who demonstrate the same behaviours. Interestingly the open acknowledgement of the permanent damage that may be done to children by abuse/neglect does not detract from the realistic optimism of the message. Her experience and expertise shines out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A difficult read 24 Feb 2013
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This is a tough but worthwhile read - I found the first few chapters quite helpful and thought they provided some interesting and useful experiences with very good detail behind the stories, bringing them to life. Unfortunately, the book changes style somewhere around the half way point and gets more generic which makes it a slog to finish which is a shame as it's obvious that the authors have so much more that could be shared.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 15 Dec 2002
By Rachel
As a trainee Psychodynamic Counsellor I found Kate's book most informative and very readable. She writes with great understanding and depth of knowledge. A very human book, and a good companion to Winnicott's attachment work, I believe this is well worth keeping for reference too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars caring for kids 7 Jun 2011
Bought this book as I am a foster carer and doing a 6 week course on attatchment and trauma the trainers recommended the book for us to read the book has a lot of information and facts it was very helpful for information in helping me doing my course
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you work with children this is the book for you. 17 April 2012
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I have attended the authors lectures which are just as excellent as her book. If you work with children this book is for you. It will change the way you work with children who have had traumatic life experiences. If you think you know all there is to know about children and trauma then this book will open your eyes.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars invaluable for foster carers 11 Feb 2009
This book is a must read for foster carers, it is extremely helpful when dealing with children who have difficult issues affecting their lives
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 17 April 2013
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Just started in Children's Services and this book has helped me to get up to speed with attachment theory, trauma and resilience, Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Attachment, Trauma and Resilience
A book giving insight into difficult children and combined with other sources has been very useful. I would recommend this.
Published 1 month ago by balmoral
4.0 out of 5 stars AV East Sussex
A good book bought to learn more about Theraputic caring of children.Will help to enhance our care of a particular child.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Anne V. Holdsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
A very interesting read. Well written. And great for foster Carers needing to expand their knowledge and understanding. I would recommend this book.
Published 5 months ago by Jane Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Therapeutic caring for Children
The book arrived very quickly and makes very interesting reading - it will be of great help as I embark on the beginning of my journey of becoming a Foster Carer
Published 7 months ago by Miss L E Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book, superb lady, who talks with such understanding and...
A superb book, delivered in good time. Kate Cairns writes with great understanding and wisdom. Her experiences and her vision provide a brilliant and inspirational guide for anyone... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pru
4.0 out of 5 stars great service
i had attended a course run by kate cairns and was blown away, i ordered this book immediately and received almost immediately. thank you.
Published 11 months ago by sue glason
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative for a non-degree person.
I'm an intelligent person but the wording of some books is beyond me and I find myself reading the same paragraph over and over....and I'm none the wiser! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Anne M. Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read.
This was easy to understand and read. It gave me ideas on how to help the children I teach daily.
Published 16 months ago by Julia Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Attachment Trauma and Resillience: Therapeutic Caring for Children was very informative and helpful. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Miss Tracie M Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars attachment trauma and resilience
I loved this book especially the first parts about how she worked with the children in her care in specific circumstances, a really great handbook.
Published 23 months ago by LKB
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