This innovative collection makes thinking psychologically about looked after and adopted children accessible and, in doing so, provides an insight into the world of these children. Informed by research, practice and psychological theory, this volume provides an overview of the area and considers the context for helping children change and develop. It goes on to describe in detail the techniques and approaches used by clinicians, and explains how interventions can be developed and adapted for children and young people living in residential, foster and adoptive care. Careful consideration is also given to carers and families living with these children.
With its multi-disciplinary approach, Thinking Psychologically About Children Who Are Looked After and Adopted will appeal to all professionals involved in the care and education of placed children. It will also be of interest to policy makers and lecturers and students of social work.
Foreword by David Howe.
1. Being Heard: Listening to the Voices of Young People, and their Families (Kim S. Golding, Helen R. Dent, Ruth Nissim and Liz Stott).
Part I: MAPPING THE TERRITORY.
2. Holding it All Together: Creating Thinking Networks (Liz Stott).
3. The Zoo of Human Consciousness: Adversity, Brain Development and Health (Helen R. Dent with Sharon Brown).
4. ‘Like Highly Polished Mirrors’: Educational Psychology and Support for the Education of Looked After and Adopted Children (Anne Peake).
Addendum to Part I: Supporting the Looked After Child in School: A Case Example (Helen Hill).
Part II: CREATING A CONTEXT FOR CHANGE.
5. A Snapshot in Time: The Role of Psychological Assessment of Children and Young People in the Court System (Jenny Stevenson and Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis).
6. Engaging the Network: Consultation for Looked After and Adopted Children (Helen R. Dent and Kim S. Golding).
7. Finding the Light at the End of the Tunnel: Parenting Interventions for Adoptive and Foster Carers (Kim S. Golding).
8. Being Adopted: Psychological Services for Adopting Families (Julie Hudson).
9. More thanWalls: The Context of Residential Care (Ruth Nissim).
Part III: THERAPEUTIC SPACES FOR DIRECT WORKING.
10. Home From Home: Interventions within Residential Settings (Ruth Nissim).
11. Opening the Door: How Can Therapy Help the Child and Young Person Living in Foster or Adoptive Homes? (Kim S. Golding with Ann Courtney and Jane Foulkes).
12. ‘Forgotten Miseries’: Can Attachment Theory Help to Guide Interventions? (Kim S. Golding).
Conclusion: Travelling Hopefully – The Journey Continues (iz Stott, Ruth Nissim, Helen R. Dent and Kim S. Golding).
Helen R. Dent Universities of Staffordshire and Keele, UK.