Celebi has edited the work of professionals whose backgrounds range from psychotherapy to outreach work focusing on group work with parents and children under five years old. The book is a great resource for counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers and other professionals; as well as for families with children under five years old.
Here we have a real dynamo of a book which pumps out the energy, commitment and skills of all its contributors. This overview of the many different ways therapeutic groups can provide help and support to vulnerable parents who may be struggling to manage with their baby, or apprehensive about the baby to be, is an inspiration to all those who engage with such parents. This is preventative intervention at its most inventive. Those who work in children's centres, will find this a resource full of the different communities they serve and are so central to. This is relationship-based practice at its best.
This book is a treasure trove of inspiring work with parents and babies in groups. I was impressed by the honesty and reflectiveness of the diverse facilitators and families who reveal their feelings of anxiety, disappointment, irritation and joy, their mistakes and successes. If only there were such powerfully supportive groups like this in every neighbourhood.
This inspiring book has been skilfully woven by Monika Celebi with the same loving care that each chapter author shows towards the parents and their babies. Indeed a triumph of collaboration, clear writing with great depth, and a joy to read.
This is just the sort of record we need of the work done by children's centres and their partners, and the outcomes achieved through this work.
This is the first book on early years and family interventions to bring together so many different approaches, and to speak both an academic and everyday language, making it accessible to a wide readership, including parents (...) Departing from recent trends in early years work, the authors show no intention of giving 'good parenting' or being didactic. Rather, they show how depth therapeutic approaches have the potential to draw out healthier relationships within families from difficult and/or vulnerable backgrounds (...) The chapters make it impossible to forget the sociocultural context in which work is currently taking place - austerity, cuts, and neoliberal indifference, both to human distress and to the societal roots of such despair.
This valuable manual for practitioners acknowledges that mothering poses both wondrous moments and difficult challenges, especially when baby care reactivates unprocessed visceral residues. Chapters illustrate how multi-faceted 'attachment-based' group interventions increase parental sensitivity, empathy, and mentalization, delivered across venues and continents.