Author(s): Vera I. Fahlberg
Children who are cared for in an out of home placement are in need of support and stability. This classic text offers information and advice for professionals and carers on how to help these children, who will often have attachment difficulties. Vera I. Fahlberg, M.D. shares her experience and expertise, outlining the significance of attachment and separation, the developmental stages specific to adoptive children and providing guidance on minimizing the trauma of moves. The book also features practical advice on case planning, managing behavior and direct work with children, and throughout are case studies and exercises which provide opportunities for further learning. A readable, compassionate and practical text, A Child's Journey Through Placement provides the foundation, the resources, and the tools to help students, professionals, parents and others who care to support children on their journey through placement to adulthood.
...the book attempts to fill a gap in the child-welfare literature by making the child the primary focus of attention...the child's relationship to his or her primary caretaker is undergoing a major, if not radical, change...Fahlberg spends about one-third of the text discussing the development of the attachment between a child and a caregiver from infancy through to adolescence...Case studies, often related in an anecdotal form, are raised frequently as illustrations and guidelines. -- The Small Press Book Review Dr Fahlberg's insightful, empathetic, respectful, and nurturant stance toward the children, and toward the adults who are their guides on their journeys, enhance the value of her practical and action-orientated suggestions for minimizing trauma and dealing with the effects. The work is brought to life by stories of children going through their placement journeys. -- Media Review ...this book... contains such valuable information about the needs of children that it would prove beneficial to anyone - parent of professional - working with children regardless of whether these children are at risk for psychological problems or not. -- Adopted Child Parents who want to help children build healthy attachments and self-esteem to minimize the risks associated with complex placement experiences will find this an important addition to their resources. -- Adoptive Families Magazine
Vera I. Fahlberg, M.D. is a retired pediatrician and psychotherapist. A trainer and consultant with an international reputation, she has travelled around the world sharing her expertise in attachment therapy with families and mental health professionals. For many years she was medical director at Forest Heights Lodge in Evergreen, Colorado, a residential treatment facility for troubled young boys. She has two grown up children and has fostered several children. She lives in Bremerton, Washington, USA.
Introduction. 1. Attachment and Separation. 2. Child Development. 3. Separation and Loss. 4. Minimizing the Trauma of Moves. 5. Case Planning. 6. Behavior Problems. 7. Direct Work with Children. Postscript. Glossary. Bibliography by Chapter. Bibliography. Index.