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Abstract

"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.

"Working systemically with adoptive families" by Hugh Palmer Vol 3 Issue1

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