Topic: Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent)
Why is the Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent) topic area relevant to child welfare? (Click for Answer)
The Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent) topic area is relevant to child welfare because so much of child welfare practice has been informed by the principles of Attachment Theory that were first articulated by Dr. John Bowlby and subsequently developed in work by Mary Ainsworth and others. Child welfare workers intervene with a large number of children and youth who exhibit a wide range of behaviors that appear to emanate from poor early attachment that has resulted from child abuse and/or neglect. While they are able to link families to services that are designed to remedy conditions of abuse and neglect, they often struggle to identify therapeutic resources that address the children’s behavioral and mental health issues that they believe are related to poor attachment. Child welfare workers understand that an inability to address these matters seriously hampers their efforts to maintain children in their homes, successfully return children from foster care, or find effective permanent alternatives through Adoption and Legal Guardianship. The behaviors that they believe are related to poor early attachment, such as aggression, oppositional behavior, and anxiety, are ones that present serious barriers to achieving permanence for children in the child welfare system.
In this context, it is important for child welfare workers to understand the range of disorders and behavioral issues that they may encounter and the different types of services to address these. Although the occurrences of severe attachment disturbance such as Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) or Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED) are rare, these disturbances emanate from circumstances of severe neglect that they periodically encounter in their work. Less severe attachment issues may also result from other instances of abuse and neglect.
It is important to note that child welfare workers need to clearly understand the difference between severe disturbances and other behavioral disorders that are amenable to different types of intervention. The Advisory Committee believes that understanding these differences is important in assisting child welfare workers in assessing what types of services are needed to address the individual needs of children and youth for whom they are striving to achieve permanency. The services described in the Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent) topic area are specifically for the severe disturbances. Services for other behavioral disorders may be found in the topic areas addressing specific mental health issues and parent training on the CEBC website.
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Programs in this topic area
Here are your search results for programs in the area of Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent):
The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.
Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:
Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated:
- Corrective Attachment Therapy – detailed viewTopics: Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent)Children adopted from foster care or foreign orphanages or biological children who have failed to develop secure attachments
- Family Bonding Camp – detailed viewTopics: Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent)Families with challenging children from 5 to 14 years of age struggling with attachment or adoption issues and the professionals who work ...
- Institute for Attachment and Child Development - Family Treatment Program – non-responderTopics: Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent)
- Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Therapeutic Camp (TBRI) – detailed viewTopics: Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent)Children and adolescents from 1 to 18 years of age who experience attachment disturbances due to maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, ...