Treating Attachment Abuse

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Treating Attachment Abuse

SKU# 9780826189608

A Compassionate Approach

Author: Steven Stosny PhD


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Attachment abuse can involve both physical and emotional violence between people in close relationships, which includes couples, parents and their children, and adult children and their aging parents, among others. Attachment abusers blame their victims for their own feelings of shame, inadequacy, or inability to love.

Dr. Stosny's innovative and integrative approach to the treatment of attachment abuse emphasizes the importance of compassion for both the abused and the abuser. This hands-on manual provides a series of treatment modules designed to teach the perpetrators and the victims how to cope with their feelings and to end attachment abuse. This volume will be of interest to psychotherapists, group therapists, social workers, and counselors working with abusive clients and their victims.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 27, 1995
  • Page Count 290
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826189608
  • EISBN 9780826189615

Table of Contents 

    Part I: The Role of Attachment in Abuse
  1. Beginnings: Self-Building, Abuse, and Treatment
  2. The Experience of Attachment
  3. Attachment Abuse: Why We Hurt the Ones We Love
  4. Pathways to Abuse: Deficits in Attachment Skills and Affect Regulation
  5. A New Response for Clinicians in the Prevention of Emotional Abuse and Violence
  6. Compassion and Therapeutic Morality

  7. Part II: Treating Attachment Abuse
  8. The Compassion Workshop, Module One: Healing
  9. The Compassion Workshop, Module Two: Dramatic Compassion
  10. The Compassion Workshop, Module Three: Self-Empowerment;
    Module Four: Empowerment of Loved Ones
  11. The Compassion Workshop, Module Five: Negotiating Attachment Relationships;
    Module Six: Moving Toward the Future

  12. Epilogue
    Appendix A. Pilot Evaluation of the Compassion Workshop
    Appendix B. The Attachment Compassion Scale