Based on work carried out by staff at the Cotswold Community over a number of years, Therapeutic Approaches in Work with Traumatized Children and Young People provides a clear and comprehensive link between theory and practice. The author shows how practice in residential child care, fostering and other areas of work with children can be developed in a way that is thoughtful and underpinned by a sound theoretical base. Meeting weekly to discuss and review their therapeutic practice in the light of relevant theoretical approaches, the staff at the Cotswold Community produced an invaluable record of working with emotionally traumatized children. The result, brought together here by Patrick Tomlinson, is an in-depth account of a 'thinking culture' which provides continual opportunities to respond to children's needs in invative ways - these include useful suggestions on a range of key issues including education and play, primary provision, sexuality and aggression.
Patrick Tomlinson is Director of Development Practice at SACCS, an organization providing recovery for traumatized children, and has been working with emotionally traumatized children and young people for nearly 20 years. He was Assistant Principal at the Cotswold Community, a pioneering therapeutic community for emotionally traumatized boys, before becoming Head of Therapy with Young Options, developing new services for vulnerable children and young people.