Book review: Healing the Hidden Hurts

Healing the Hidden Hurts: Transforming attachment and Trauma theory into effective practice with families, children and adults 

Edited by: Caroline Archer, Charlotte Drury and Jude Hills.

The book is divided into sections, each giving a view of attachment from various perspectives including educational, therapeutic, legal and various personal accounts. The chapters can be read in isolation for a quicker read or to gain information on specific subject areas, or together to give a more thorough insight of how attachment may be interpreted and understood within various relationships and settings. 

Each section has a short introduction to the perspective being explored, followed by a case study that illustrates the issues. The editorial discussion at the end of each section is helpful in illustrating the main points and summarising what the section has identified and concluded. I found this form of summary particularly useful.

The chapters use case studies regarding social workers supporting young people with attachment issues, school settings, residential settings, family settings and ranges from the effects of poor attachment on young people to the lasting effects of attachment trauma on adult lives.

The way the book is written makes it easy to select an area of particular interest and read a relatively short chapter if it is more relevant. I found the whole book interesting and that it clarified typical misconceptions about attachment issues, for example they do not only occur within adopted families and that the effects of attachment difficulties can be lifelong with far –reaching effects.

Who would the book be suitable for:

Parents whose child may have been identified as suffering from some form of attachment issue, either following adoption or through a form of trauma such as early hospitalisation or post-natal depression. Educationalists, who may work with children where attachment is questioned. Therapists, Social workers.

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