© 2013

Attachment-Based Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents

  • Joanna Ellen Bettmann
  • Donna Demetri Friedman

Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Joanna Ellen Bettmann, Donna Demetri Friedman
    Pages 1-6
  3. Attachment Theory and Research with Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Donna Demetri Friedman, Leyla Ertegun, Tina Lupi, Beatrice Beebe, Sara Deutsch
      Pages 45-60
  4. Attachment-Based Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Donna Demetri Friedman, Sara Deutsch, Leyla Ertegun, Stephanie Carlson, Mayra Estrada, Mark Sturgeon et al.
      Pages 99-114
    3. Todd S. Renschler, Alicia F. Lieberman, Miriam Hernandez Dimmler, Nadine Burke Harris
      Pages 115-139
    4. Joanna Ellen Bettmann, Isaac Karikari
      Pages 219-233
  5. Building Capacity for Attachment-Based ClinicalWork

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 278-278

About this book


It is hard to imagine child psychology without the work of John Bowlby: his insights into children’s relational experience have left a major impact across the mental health professions. But of all these fields, clinical work with children—which deals so much with the consequences of faulty attachment—seems to have the most affinity with Bowlby’s observations.

Attachment-Based Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents assembles current theory and findings on attachment, applies them to clinical work with diverse youth populations, and offers valid ideas for building an attachment framework in practice. This volume covers the spectrum of attachment-oriented practice throughout the country with infants, toddlers, grade-schoolers, and teens in individual, family (including adoptive and foster families), and group settings. The novel interventions illustrated here, with their therapeutic and training implications, show attachment-oriented clinical work as evolving, relevant, open to multidisciplinary collaboration, and highly effective in repairing relationship damage in vulnerable youngsters. A sampling of the coverage:

  • How mother-infant research informs attachment-based clinical practice.
  • Using modern attachment theory to guide clinical assessment of early attachment relationships.
  • An attachment-based video intervention in a community mental health center.
  • The essential role of the body in the parent-infant relationship.
  • Peer-play psychotherapy enhancing development among young children.
  • Implementing attachment theory in the child welfare system.

Attachment-Based Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents is a groundbreaking resource for mental health professionals, academicians, and graduate students.


Adolescence Attachment Theory Attachment Theory in the Child Welfare System Attachment-based Clinical Practice Child development Clinical social work Community Mental Health EBP Early attachment relationships Education policy Evidence-based practice Group Attachment-Based Intervention John Bowlby Mother-infant research Nonverbal Analysis Parent-infant relationship Separation-individuation theory Social Justice in Social Work Social work education Social work practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Joanna Ellen Bettmann
    • 1
  • Donna Demetri Friedman
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Social WorkUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

About the editors

Joanna Bettmann is an Associate Professor and MSW Program Director at the University of Utah College of Social Work. Her primary research focuses on attachment relationships in a range of populations.

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