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Helping Babies and Children Aged 0-6 to Heal After Family Violence

Helping Babies and Children Aged 0-6 to Heal After Family Violence

A Practical Guide to Infant- and Child-Led Work

Dr. Wendy Bunston. Foreword by Dr. Julie Stone

Quick Overview

This accessible guide shows social workers and counsellors how to work effectively with very young children who have experienced domestic violence. Based on neurobiological research and over 25 years' experience in the field, it demonstrates how to deliver successful child-led therapy and work with the whole family to help each child to heal.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 8.98in x 5.91in / 228mm x 150mm, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-644-1
2017, ePUB, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-138-9
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After family violence, very young children and babies benefit from child-led therapy, but how do you achieve this? Dr. Wendy Bunston's guide is here to help you to meet the emotional needs of children who are experiencing trauma, and to enable them to form healthy attachments, both within their families and beyond.

As well as clearly explaining the consequences of domestic violence on young developing brains, this book demystifies the practicalities of working effectively with children in their earliest years. Examining real-life cases, it notes the distress that arises when a child is separated from his or her family, advises on the importance and complexities of children's attachments, and shows how to support playfulness as an essential part of children's healthy personal development. Instruction is provided on how to include all family members in the healing process, including the perpetrators of family violence, in a positive way to improve children's chances of recovery.

Dr. Wendy Bunston's unique approach to therapy and care, based on over 25 years' professional experience, promotes the viewing of cases from a 'child-led' perspective. Pragmatic, empathic and accessible, this book will be essential reading for anyone working with those affected by domestic violence.


'An exceptional resource for practitioners working at the front line of family violence services. Strategic, particularly accessible - a powerful message of hope.'
- Dr. Richard Fletcher, Associate Professor at the Family Action Centre of the University of Newcastle

'A long overdue and highly accessible contribution to the field of family violence that addresses the previously neglected needs of its youngest victims ... a hands on repertoire of therapeutic interventions that will prove invaluable to both early career and seasoned clinicians alike.'
- Fiona True LCSW, Co-Director of the Center for Children and Relational Trauma at the Ackerman Institute for The Family, New York

'The only thing that disappointed me about this book was the title! And the reason I was disappointed by the title is that it is so specific that is may be passed over by people who don't see themselves working with babies or with family violence. I believe that this book should be ESSENTIAL reading, not only for therapists but for anyone in the caring professions, especially social workers, foster carers and anyone else involved in child protection services whose work brings them into contact with children and/or families. A highly recommended read.'
- Lynn Martin, a certified integrative psychotherapy trainer/supervisor

'In this book Bunston takes a refreshing and original approach to healing interventions for babies and young children who have been exposed to family violence. While not minimising the impact of family violence on all members of the family system, nor attributing blame to women who have experienced relationship violence, Bunston's book provides a clear focus on these most vulnerable family members. She states that we as adults need to shift how we see infants and young children, challenging expectations about what might be considered usual based on those in safe and stable homes.'
- Jenny Rose & Jaclyn Thorburn


By (author): Dr. Wendy Bunston
Foreword by: Dr. Julie Stone