Biddy Youell. Child Psychotherapist. Tavistock Clinic
This book is an invaluable resource for everyone interested in infant mental health. Its wide-ranging chapters offer Insights into many areas of intervention. Most impressively, it keeps its focus firmly on the infant and young child, emphasising that their needs and experience cannot and should not be overlooked. A welcome addition to the literature.
Julie A. Larrieu, Ph.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana USA
I love the book! It is filled with richly detailed case studies and much wisdom! In this accessible and compelling volume, Bunston and Jones have brought together international experts to give voice to infants who have experienced adversity and trauma. The book, which provides sensitive and enlightening clinical vignettes, is an invaluable resource in preparing clinicians and practitioners new to the field, as well as in deepening the understanding and practice of established providers.
Juliet Hopkins, Child Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic
This book will prove a source of inspiration, understanding and support to all who work with this neglected group. It provides a reflective, empathic approach to problems of both workers and clients and is packed with practical suggestions and vivid case illustrations.
Deborah J. Weatherston, PhD, Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and the World Association for Infant Mental Health
This masterful collection awakens readers to very young children's urgent and often unexamined needs for social, emotional and relational support following the aftermath of complex traumatic experiences such as removal from one's family home, placement in foster care, witnessing community violence or familial murder, natural disaster, 'shattering homelessness', or' life behind a barbed-wire fence'. Authors hold babies, young children and families in mind as they offer hope, healing and 'reflective tenderness' in face of devastating trauma and complex challenges. This is essential reading for the global community of health, mental health, early childhood and child welfare professionals.
Essential reading for the global community of health, mental health, early childhood and child welfare professionals. With attention to infants and very young children who face a range of challenges including serious illness, complex diagnoses, and exposure to adversity in the early years, the book offers a strong theoretical foundation, a variety of approaches and numerous case examples from around the world. Throughout, the editors and authors place an emphasis on the importance of relationships for health and healing, offering an array of strategies to promote infant and early childhood mental health.