Therapeutic Residential Care for Children: An Attachment and Trauma-Informed Model for Practice
By Susan Barton, Rudy Gonzalez and Patrick Tomlinson
Children in care who have been traumatized need a therapeutic environment where they can heal and which meets their emotional and developmental needs.
This book provides a model of care for traumatized children, based on theory and practice experience pioneered at the Lighthouse Foundation, Australia. The authors explain the impact of trauma on child development, drawing on psychodynamic, attachment and neurobiological trauma theories.
Hannah, S. (2012). Book Review: Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Young People: An Attachment and Trauma Informed Model for Practice. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 26(2), 174-175
“This truly global book is the product of an interesting and creative collaboration between leaders and practitioners in residential group treatment settings in Australia (The Lighthouse Community) and the UK (The Cotswold Community, SACCS). It is a long overdue contribution towards the theory base required to equip people working in multiple roles in environments that aim to be healing in its broadest sense. I enjoyed it as much for the elements of human testimony as for the attempts made to link eclectic theory with practice.”
Steckly, L. (2013). Book Review: Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Young People: An Attachment and Trauma Informed Model for Practice. British Journal of Social Work, 43(1), 199-201
“The authors create a compelling argument for the importance of theory and its clear connection with practice, and this is particularly useful for combating the anti-intellectualism that can sometimes hinder a sound basis for practice in residential childcare.”