There has been a lot of back and forth about the merit of attachment parenting, a style of parenting that emphasizes the importance of a secure and close relationship between the parent and child. It seems like there is value in understanding the fundamentals of attachment theory, first articulated by John Bowlby in the 1940s and expanded on by Mary Ainsworth in the 1960s and 1970s.
Erik Erikson was an ego psychologist that patterned his theories after Freud. Erikson strongly felt that culture and society have an effect on the ego and that a struggle or conflict can begin. Erik Erikson designed a model of development that has 5 stages of psychosocial development that extend through childhood.
Experiences from the earliest days of childhood play an important role in shaping the brain’s development. Sadly, traumatic episodes leave the deepest impressions, manifesting themselves in adulthood in health issues ranging from increased stress to substance abuse. Learn more about the lasting impact of childhood trauma on chronic adult disorders.
The Tree of Life: A Simple Exercise for Reclaiming Your Identity and Direction in Life Through Story
Peter Bartning, Beziehungsheilung - Paartherapie, Familientherapie, Psychotherapie, Inneres-Kind-Arbeit in Lübeck
What Feelings Are In Your Heart: An Art Therapy Exercise
Here is a great guide to the different types of play therapy that can be used by Child Life Specialists to help children in medical environments cope.