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Foreword. 1. Children in Care: What is Care and why are the Children there? 2. Restorative Parenting: Meeting the Lived Experience of the Child. 3. A Home for the Child: Creating a Therapeutic Environment. 4. Another Kind of Parent: Therapeutic Parenting. 5. It's the Relationship that counts. 6. A Matter of Choices: Clinical insight for the long term. 7. Education, Education, Education. 8. People at the Centre: Staff Consultation, Support and Values. Appendix I. Notes. References. The Authors. Subject Index. Author Index. About Halliwell Homes.
A pioneering therapeutic parenting model to help children recover from abuse or neglect
Dr Chris Robinson is a clinical psychologist at Halliwell Homes. He provides ongoing consultation on the recovery of every child placed on the Halliwell recovery programme. He has extensive experience working in CAMHS, social services liaison, learning disability and latterly family and private law. Terry Philpot is a writer and journalist who has edited or written 15 books on social care from sex offending to the children's services. His latest books are 31 London Cemeteries to Visit Before You Die (2012) and Beside the Seaside: Brighton's People and Its Places (2015).
Healing Child Trauma Through Restorative Parenting offers a coherent theoretical contribution, and a helpful addition to the range of literature on therapeutic residential interventions, that are so critical to meet the needs of the growing number of traumatised children and young people who find themselves 'looked after' on behalf of our society. As such, the book, and the model it expounds, emphasises the important role that residential care placements can offer in providing a vital 'time and space' in which young people can safely explore, and ultimately internalise positive experiences of the emotional health enhancing attachments that they need, with safe, caring and nurturing adults. -- John Diamond, CEO, The Mulberry Bush Organisation Healing Child Trauma Through Restorative Parenting provides a much-needed resource for anyone working with children suffering from the impact of traumatic or abusive parenting. Robinson and Philpot address the need for a more comprehensive approach to care, providing clinicians and caregivers with evidence-based skills for re-parenting a traumatized child. -- Mary C. Walsh, D.Min., LMFT Having the responsibility of being the primary carer and homemaker for a child, you often find yourself looking for someone to reorient you with the needs of a young person. This book includes reminders of the subtle everyday things that make care personal. It describes methods and strategies as it shows how child-centred children's services can be, if these principles and practices are applied. Central to the book is that the professional task has to be more than a theory, more than a professional practice. It has to be a relationship, it's personal and it's a necessary precondition for positive development. Whatever you are doing at whatever time of day and wherever you are, this book can be there with you helping you to hold the child in mind so that every moment is one devoted to growth and development. It's a gem of a book. -- Jonathan Stanley, Principal Partner, National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care and CEO, Independent Children's Homes Association