"Working systemically with adoptive families" by Hugh Palmer
This paper discusses my work in supporting families who have adopted children with a history of trauma. I use a combination of systemic, collaborative practices and the principles of thera-peutic parenting, an approach that considers the impact of trauma upon the developing brain. In effect, I support empathic, curious parenting as the most effective and necessary therapy for the children. I also explore what helps and what hinders parents who are trying to nurture children and young people, as well as provide a brief overview of the theoretical principles of my approach.
This paper began as a presentation for the Complex Trauma Therapists’ Network conference held at the University of York in April 2020. However, it has been further developed and refined for publication.
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