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A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder, Second Edition


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Prologue: A Tale of Three Mice. Chapter 1. Understanding Attachment and the Influence of Parental Care. Chapter 2. A Short Introduction to Attachment Disorder. Chapter 3. CARE to Promote Attachment Security. Chapter 4. Treating Attachment Insecurity and Disorder. Postscript: Eyes are Mirrors for a Child's Soul. Glossary of Terms. About the Author.

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A short introduction to what attachment means and how to recognise attachment disorder in children

About the Author

Colby Pearce is Principal Clinical Psychologist at Secure Start (R), a private psychology practice based in Adelaide that provides psychology services to children, teens and families. He has extensive experience in the teaching and training of psychologists and other professionals, particularly in relation to insecure and attachment disordered children and the promotion of therapeutic care environments. He is also the author of A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children.


Although short, this revised edition remains for me a core text in supporting teachers' understanding of attachment, its importance and what happens when it goes wrong. Pearce makes this complex field highly accessible without losing any rigour; this book will be one of the most enlightening reads of your career. -- Andy Bloor, Senior Lecturer in SEN and Disability Studies, University of Derby, UK
Colby Pearce provides answers. In a straightforward way, he defines and describes normal and disordered attachment. The first edition and my participation in Triple A training have added to my confidence and competence as a carer. This is a ' must read ' book for anyone involved with children. I am pleased to recommend it. -- Margaret Quinn, Foster Carer
Practical, credible and evidenced based, this is a must read for all those working directly with troubled, challenging and unhappy children inside and outside the care system. Pearce explains the aetiology of different attachment disorders and provides workable strategies to support children consistently across their care, educational and therapeutic environments. -- Lynne Peyton, Child Care Consultant, Author & Trainer, UK and Ireland

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