Working with Adoptive Parents Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-06-10
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Practical techniques for guiding parents through the stages of adoption and beyond

"This book makes a significant contribution to both a greater understanding of adoption and its complex dynamic constellations as well as to serving those who are or come across adoption families, many of whom count on us adoption-informed mental health professionals to clarify and facilitate the challenges they face."
—From the Foreword by Henri Parens, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University, Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

"What most people don't know about adoption could fill a book—and this is the book. Finally sorting myth from science, Working with Adoptive Parents will give therapists, and quite a few nonprofessionals considering adoption, the real story of what it means to make this momentous choice. Better yet, it does so without letting the data speak in place of the parents themselves, in all their fear, doubt, and joy."
—Jesse Green, author of The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood

Editors Virginia Brabender and April Fallon are clinical psychologists and also adoptive parents whose families are acquainted with both the uncertainty and joy of adoption. In Working with Adoptive Parents, they offer an in-depth treatment of the distinctive needs, feelings, impulses, expectations, and conflicts that adoptive parents experience through the stages of adoption and beyond. This volume offers a comprehensive picture of adoption through an exploration of the experiences and developmental processes of the adoptive parent.

Featuring contributions from mental health professionals whose careers have focused on work with families through the adoption process, this unique book:

  • Covers the theory, research, and practice of adoptive parenting throughout the life cycle
  • Explores the issues unique to the adoptive mother and adoptive father as they traverse the stages of parenting
  • Offers a close look at families with special needs children
  • Acknowledges and explores the great diversity among adoptive families and the kinship networks in which they are embedded
  • Examines attachment issues between adoptive parent and child

Providing a framework for therapists to conceptualize their work with adoptive parents, Working with Adoptive Parents clarifies and facilitates the journey that many of these families face.

Author Biography

VIRGINIA M. BRABENDER, PhD, diplomate in clinical psychology (ABPP) and APA Fellow, is a professor at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is the past president of the Society for Personality Assessment.

APRIL E. FALLON, PhD, is a member of the psychology faculty at Fielding Graduate University and an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. She has received numerous awards for her teaching of psychiatric medical residents and was awarded the 2012 Psychiatric Educator Award by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Setting the stage:  The adoptive parent in context – Virginia Brabender and April Fallon

Chapter 2:  Theoretical contributions to the understanding of parent-child bonding in adoption—April Fallon and Barbara Goldsmith

Chapter 3:  Using research to inform best practices in working with adoptive families—Hal Shorey, Sanjay Nath, and Meredith Carter

Chapter 4:  The adoptive mother—Virginia Brabender, Amanda Swartz, April Fallon, and Mary Winzinger

Chapter 5:  The adoptive father—Rao Gogineni and April Fallon

Chapter 6:  Diversity in adoptive families—Virginia Brabender, April Fallon, Alicia Padovano Janik, and Phil Rutter

Chapter 7:  Adoption of children with special health care needs—Ileana Lindstrom,  Sonia Voynow and Bret Boyer

Chapter 8:  Parenting the young child—Elaine Frank and Denise Rowe

Chapter 9:  Adoptive parenting of teenagers and young adults—Joseph D. White

Chapter 10:  Therapeutic interventions with adoptive children and their parents: a psychoanalytic developmental approach —Theodore Fallon

Chapter 11:  The adoptive parent as consultant, educator, and advocate—Virginia Brabender and Toni Whitmore

Chapter 12:  Directions for practice, training, and research--Patricia Ramsey,  Virginia Brabender, and April Fallon


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