Acknowledgements. Foreword. 1. Keeping the Baby and the Bathwater. 2. Early Brain Development and the Emerging Self. 3. Developing Models of Thinking and Practice. 4. Making Meaning in the Context of Family Violence. 5. Infant Led Practice Before and Across the First Three Years. 6. Child Led Practice and the Significance of Playfulness in Childhood and Beyond. 7. Infants and Children as the Entry Points for Change. 8. Beginning at the Beginning in our Approach to Addressing Family Violence. Appendix One. Appendix Two. Appendix Three. Appendix Four. References.
A practical guide to providing child-led therapy for children aged 0-6 who have been affected by domestic violence
Dr. Wendy Bunston has been working with children in recovery from family violence for over 25 years. After becoming a senior social worker, she worked as a Manager and Senior Clinician at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital Mental Health Program, before completing a PhD in refuge for infants after domestic violence at La Trobe University. She has won several awards including the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards in 2006 and 2010, and is a member of the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health. She is based in Victoria, Australia.
An exceptional resource for practitioners working at the front line
of family violence services. Strategic, particularly accessible - a
powerful message of hope. -- Dr. Richard Fletcher, Associate
Professor at the Family Action Centre of the University of
A long overdue and highly accessible contribution to the field of family violence that addresses the previously neglected needs of its youngest victims ... a hands on repertoire of therapeutic interventions that will prove invaluable to both early career and seasoned clinicians alike. -- Fiona True LCSW, Co-Director of the Center for Children and Relational Trauma at the Ackerman Institute for The Family, New York
The only thing that disappointed me about this book was the title! And the reason I was disappointed by the title is that it is so specific that is may be passed over by people who don't see themselves working with babies or with family violence. I believe that this book should be ESSENTIAL reading, not only for therapists but for anyone in the caring professions, especially social workers, foster carers and anyone else involved in child protection services whose work brings them into contact with children and/or families. A highly recommended read. -- Lynn Martin, a certified integrative psychotherapy trainer/supervisor * BACP - Children, Young people & families *
In this book Bunston takes a refreshing and original approach to healing interventions for babies and young children who have been exposed to family violence. While not minimising the impact of family violence on all members of the family system, nor attributing blame to women who have experienced relationship violence, Bunston's book provides a clear focus on these most vulnerable family members. She states that we as adults need to shift how we see infants and young children, challenging expectations about what might be considered usual based on those in safe and stable homes. -- Jenny Rose & Jaclyn Thorburn * Australian Social Work *