Namaste: Centre of Healing
|18th May 2013|
CHILD-CENTRED ATTACHMENT THERAPYTHE CcAT PROGRAMME
Sir Richard Bowlby with Maeja Raicar and
Pauline Sear at the CcAT Programme book launch
(Post-Adoption Centre, London, July 2009)
To see my book Click on Child-Centred Attachment Therapy here.
WHAT IS THE CcAT PROGRAMME?ANGRY CHILDREN - HURTING?
ANGRY PARENTS - HURTING?
The CcAT Programme
is a confidential service for troubled
children and families who need new
solutions to old problems, and help in
relating positively to each other -
so ending the negative behaviours that
keep them apart.
Working in partnership with the familyCcAT is a brief family attachment
therapyprogramme that uses counselling,
play-work and family discussion to help
parents and children in distress to
explore the root causes of their problems
and, together, to find new solutions that
work for them.
When Parent-Child Communication Breaks DownOur experience shows that many children's problems
stem from their inability to communicate - for whatever
reason - their real feelings and needs to their parents.
This can lead to mutual frustration, anger and
hopelessness, making parent-child interactions
increasingly negative and unrewarding. The child
may reject the parent's care and seek attention
from others, making her/his safety an issue.
HOW DOES CcAT WORK?THE CcAT PROGRAMME focuses on
improving child-parent communication to deal
with root causes of anger and hurt in the
When parents and children can communicate
more honestly about their feelings, and are
listened to with mutual respect, their attachment
grows. Appropriate grief-work about past hurts
and losses is facilitated, and fun-time
This makes family interactions more enjoyable,
helping both parents and children to feel better
about themselves and each other.
WHOM DOES CcAT SERVE?The programme can be adapted to meet
the needs of birth, extended, foster or
step-families - wherever parents and children
are struggling to communicate with each
other, but are committed to working together
to find shared solutions to their problems.
Supporting Existing Placements, where appropriateCcAT Programme therapists are
committed to helping children
and families to maintain existing
placements, if safe,
and so to minimise the distress for
the child and carers of unnecessary
moves and further family disruptions
The Long Term Effects of Separation and Loss on ChildrenThis is because of the
longlasting and devastating
impact of multiple losses and
disrupted attachments on a hurt
child's ability to trust new
carers, and her capacity to make and
sustain satisfying relationships
long term, even as an adult.
(See my article: "When adopted adults
are shadowed by disrupted attachments"
in the UKCP Journal, The Psychotherapist,
Spring 2010. "Book and Articles")
How Long Does The Whole CcAT Programme Take?The programme is specially tailored to meet the
needs of each family through a combination of
child/parent, individual, couple and family
sessions, as needed.
These sessions (usually for 2 hours) are held on
a weekly or fortnightly basis over 4 to 6 months.
Follow-up is provided as appropriate.
Please note that 48 hours' notice
of cancellation is required; otherwise, the full
session fee is payable.
Who Carries Out CcAT Work?Specially trained CcAT Programme therapists
who are skilled and experienced in working
with children and their birth, extended,
foster or step-families, co-work the programme.
Where is The CcAT Programme based?CAT was developed and piloted at Family Finders,
South-East Essex, during 1995-7. Since then, it has
continued to be based in South Essex as a wholly
independent combined child and family assessment and
HOW IS THE CAT PROGRAMME ACCESSED?Through GPs, schools, health visitors, Social Services or
other professionals, in cases where funding is agreed.
Private families can also avail themselves of this independent
service, at a reduced fee.
Family and sibling attachments, and placement
needs, can be assessed at the request of local authorities,
and comprehensive reports and recommendations provided.
For further information, contactAlexandra Maeja Raicar, M.Sc., CQSW, D.Inf.M.H., ECP
UKCP registered: Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
Parent/Infant Psychotherapist; Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner;
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and EmoTrance (Emotional Transformation) Practitioner
Affiliate member of ASART - Adoption Support Agency of Registered Therapists: www.adoptioncounselling.com
Sessions available in Billericay, Essex, or local venues can be negotiated.
Telephone: 01277 654351
or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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