Helping Babies and Children Aged 0-6 to Heal After Family Violence

A Practical Guide to Infant- and Child-Led Work

After family violence, very young children and babies benefit from child-led therapy, but how do you achieve this? Dr. Wendy Bunston's guide is here to help you to meet the emotional needs of children who are experiencing trauma, and to enable them to form healthy attachments, both within their families and beyond.

As well as clearly explaining the consequences of domestic violence on young developing brains, this book demystifies the practicalities of working effectively with children in their earliest years. Examining real-life cases, it notes the distress that arises when a child is separated from his or her family, advises on the importance and complexities of children's attachments, and shows how to support playfulness as an essential part of children's healthy personal development. Instruction is provided on how to include all family members in the healing process, including the perpetrators of family violence, in a positive way to improve children's chances of recovery.

Dr. Wendy Bunston's unique approach to therapy and care, based on over 25 years' professional experience, promotes the viewing of cases from a 'child-led' perspective. Pragmatic, empathic and accessible, this book will be essential reading for anyone working with those affected by domestic violence.

£18.99
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Press reviews for: Helping Babies and Children Aged 0-6 to Heal After Family Violence

Dr. Richard Fletcher, Associate Professor at the Family Action Centre of the University of Newcastle

An exceptional resource for practitioners working at the front line of family violence services. Strategic, particularly accessible - a powerful message of hope.

Fiona True LCSW, Co-Director of the Center for Children and Relational Trauma at the Ackerman Institute for The Family, New York

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.

Lynn Martin, a certified integrative psychotherapy trainer/supervisor

BACP - Children, Young people & families

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.

Jenny Rose & Jaclyn Thorburn

Australian Social Work

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.

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