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Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children

Family Therapy and EMDR

April 2014


A practical guide to treating children suffering from early attachment trauma.

Loss of a parent, separations, abuse, neglect, or a history of a difficult foster or orphanage experience can lead to profound emotional dysregulation and mistrust in children. Working with these children—many of whom have experienced multiple traumas and losses—can feel overwhelming. Clinicians must navigate complex case management decisions and referrals, address the needs of parents and schools, not to mention ameliorate the traumatic memories and severe behaviors that present in the kids.

But by working as a collaborative team, EMDR and family therapists can, together, strengthen the parent-child attachment bond and help to mend the early experiences that drive the child’s behavior. This book, and its accompanying Parent Manual, are intended to serve as clear and practical treatment guides, presenting the philosophy and step-by-step protocols behind the Integrative Team Treatment approach, so both the family system issues and the child’s traumatic past are effectively addressed. You need not be a center specializing in attachment trauma to implement this team model, nor must members of the team practice at the same location. With at least one fully-trained EMDR practitioners as part of the two-person team, any clinician can pair with another to implement this treatment approach, and heal children suffering from attachment trauma.

Also available is the accompanying parent’s guide, Integrative Parenting: Strategies for Raising Children Affected by Attachment Trauma, filled with effective techniques to help challenging children with traumatic pasts


"Listen up, all child, adolescent, and family therapists! The trifecta of treatment models has arrived in your local library, bookstore, or online source under the title of Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children. . . . [A]n excellently organized and practically applicable discussion of family therapy and EMDR components . . . . The authors provide readers with many child-centered and practical therapeutic exercises easily transferable from session to home. It is an excellent text for its intended audience of students and professionals who are studying and treating children who display attachment disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or PTSD-like symptoms." — PsycCritiques

"As a clinician who often engages in family therapy, I’ve found that this book is a wonderful addition to my trauma-based reading collection. . . . Wesselman, Schweitzer, and Armstrong offer mental health professionals the information they need for each therapy session and each complicated case." — PsychCentral

"Often therapists use the term ‘challenging’ to describe children with terrible behaviors that completely disrupt families. This book is an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand approach to treating our most challenging children and their parents. It provides therapists with theoretical background, assessment tools, clinical insights, and strategies to guide effective treatment. Transcripts of actual therapy sessions illuminate the art of therapy at its best." — Joan Lovett, MD, FAAP, behavioral pediatrician; EMDRIA approved consultant; author, Small Wonders: Healing Childhood Trauma With EMDR

"A comprehensive and well-written volume that presents the practical tools and specific guidance needed to build an effective team approach for helping children who have experienced trauma or neglect establish secure attachment. The authors provide a theoretical foundation for clinicians to explain how attachment trauma affects children’s emotional, behavioral, and psychological development. They take the reader through a wide range of easy-to-follow EMDR procedures that meet the multifaceted treatment needs of children with attachment trauma, addressing every clinical contingency with detailed case vignettes that illustrate each aspect of the treatment process." — Andrew M. Leeds, PhD, Director of Training, Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute

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165 x 244 mm • 320 pages


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