Systemic Therapy and Attachment Narratives explores how attachment-based ideas can be used in clinical practice by offering a practical and sophisticated exposition of clinical approaches.
This new edition offers an updated overview of the integrations of attachment, systemic and narrative theory, and practice incorporating key developments in developmental trauma, intergenerational trauma and neuroscience of the emotional brain. It shows how early emotional experiences set the tone of the narratives we develop about our lives and how these in turn shape our emotional connections. This edition is more oriented towards activities and features more visual representations of problematic patterns of interaction, showing their significance for the family members. It also uses clinical examples to provide guidance on using attachment narrative therapy in different clinical contexts and with various client groups.
The book provides practical guidance for a range of mental health professionals including family therapists, child, adolescent and adult psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and social workers, enabling them to apply this approach in a range of contexts.
Foreword to the First Edition by John Byng-Hall; 1. Theory and Formulation in Attachment Narrative Therapy; 2. Blame, Choice and Responsibility: Corrective and replicative scripts in the family life cycle; 3. Life Cycle Transitions and Attachment Narratives; 4. Love and Sexuality. Systemic Therapy and Attachment Narratives: Applications with couples; 5. Problems in Managing Arousal: Working with diagnoses of ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder; 6. Problems of Addiction: Alcohol dependency and eating distress; 7. Living with Fear: Relational danger and violence in the family; 8. Trauma and Dissociation; 9. Loss, Grief and Attachment; 10. Supervision and Consultation of Systemic Therapy and Practice; 11. Formats for Exploration
'In a world under threat from pandemic, climate breakdown, and post-truth politics we need, more than ever, ideas that are grounded in reality and creativity. It is a strange paradox, therefore, that, attachment – that most thoroughly researched model of human relationships – has, from Bowlby onwards, been relatively marginalised both within psychoanalysis and family therapy. The now substantial body of work of Dallos and Vetere stands as an essential exception to this trend, and here, in the second and revised edition of their book, they further develop their blend of the dynamic and culturally sensitive attachment model of Crittenden together with the best of narrative and systemic theory and practice. Buy the book – you will be in safe hands.'
David Pocock, Systemic Family Therapist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
'Arlene Vetere and Rudi Dallos are widely recognised as leading writers, teachers and practitioners in the field of family and systemic therapeutic practice. This book demonstrates both why and how. Their "Attachment Narrative Model" takes the foundational ideas of John Bowlby's work on Attachment Theory and John Byng-Hall's 'Attachment influenced' application to family stories and scripts. They describe these ideas but enlarge the frame of their understanding and application yet further. The many human dilemmas and their emotional-relationship contexts in are examined with case examples of embeddedness. This is an essential work across the human services professions for all those wishing both to grasp and apply this fresh, dynamic way of activating relational change. It is accessible to both trainees and experienced partitioners alike and up to date with the radically changing world in which we find ourselves.'
John Hills, Life Member of the UK Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice