Identifying therapeutic action in an attachment-centered intervention with high risk families

Miriam Steele, Anne P. Murphy, Howard Steele

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Abstract

This paper describes an attachment-based intervention for mothers known to Child Welfare Services where past and current trauma complicates family preservation and promotion of child well being. The first part of the paper describes the innovative Attachment-Centered Parent-Child Therapy service that has been delivered to high-risk families with children from 0 to 3years of age. The intervention uses a group format that has the added benefits of enhancing social support and being highly cost effective. The intervention also integrates video filming both in terms of capturing essential features of the group intervention for review and supervision of clinical staff, and is fundamental in the observation-based empirical assessments. Quantitative data from an initial pilot study supporting the efficacy of the intervention is presented. As well, qualitative data is presented including a case study that highlights therapeutic action shown to positively impact the quality of the mother-child relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

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Child Welfare
Mother-Child Relations
Social Support
Mothers
Observation
Costs and Cost Analysis
mother-child relationship
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics
child well-being
child welfare
supervision
trauma
social support
parents
promotion
Group
video
staff
costs

Keywords

  • Attachment theory and research
  • Infants
  • Intergenerational influences
  • Intervention
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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Identifying therapeutic action in an attachment-centered intervention with high risk families. / Steele, Miriam; Murphy, Anne P.; Steele, Howard.

In: Clinical Social Work Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1, 02.2010, p. 61-72.

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