Category Archives: Favourites

In order to be heard we first need to listen

I think a lot about the concept of validation; and its antithesis, invalidation. In psychological terms, validation incorporates the experience that our thoughts, feelings, perspectives and intentions are understood, accepted and respected by significant others. Conversely, invalidation incorporates the experience … Continue reading

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Eyes are mirrors for a child’s soul

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Strong Foundations

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The Hawthorne Effect in Schools

The notion of the Hawthorne Effect is derived from a series of experiments conducted in the 1920s and 1930s at the Hawthorne works of the Western Electric Company. In these experiments, the experimenters manipulated aspects of the working conditions of some employees … Continue reading

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Who is my audience?

A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder began its life as a notes I wrote for a lecture I gave in 1999. The topic of the lecture was Assessing Attachment and the audience was Masters Degree students in the Clinical … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading for National Psychology Exam

My book, A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder, has been selected for the list of recommended readings for Provisional Psychologists who are to sit the National Psychology Exam as a prerequisite for registration as a Psychologist in Australia! … Continue reading

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Review of A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder

I recently came across the following review of my book A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder. The review was written by Philippa Kelly, a Social Work Consultant who works with foster parents. It appeared in the Journal of … Continue reading

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Attachment therapy for children who have experienced family trauma

I am frequently asked by other professionals about what I do and what to do when referred a child who has experienced family trauma. What follows is a brief description of my work with these children. It is written with … Continue reading

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A tale of four children and their trip to the adventure playground: A resilience story

Once upon a time there were four children. On a warm and sunny day the parents of each child took them to an adventure playground for a play. The first child had a wonderful time at the playground. He confidently … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Mice: An Attachment Story

Once upon a time there were three mice. The first mouse lived in a house that contained, along with furniture and other household goods and possessions, a lever and a hole in the wall from which food was delivered. Each … Continue reading

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