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This book provides psychotherapists with a multidimensional view of childhood neglect and a practical roadmap for facilitating survivors’ healing.

Working from a strong base in attachment theory, esteemed clinician Ruth Cohn explores ways therapists can recognize the signs of childhood neglect, provides recommendations for understanding lasting effects that can persist into adulthood, and lays out strategies for helping clients maximize therapeutic outcomes. Along with extensive clinical material, chapters introduce skills that therapists can develop and hone, such as the ability to recognize and discern non-verbal attempts at communication. They also provide an array of resources and evidence-based treatment modalities that therapists can use in session.

Working with the Developmental Trauma of Childhood Neglect is an essential book for any mental health professional working with survivors of childhood trauma.

16 reviews for Working with the Developmental Trauma of Childhood Neglect: Using Psychotherapy and Attachment Theory Techniques in Clinical Practice

  1. Mia howard
    June 28, 2023
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    Great helpful clinical book
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    Jeff – CANADA
    June 27, 2023
    Easy to Understand for Average lay Person.
    A thoughtful compassionate roadmap of recent developments in brain, mind and neurobiology, with clinical experiences that make the process of recovery...More
    A thoughtful compassionate roadmap of recent developments in brain, mind and neurobiology, with clinical experiences that make the process of recovery relatable and hopeful. This book makes it easy to develop empathy and understanding, and by implied contrast, creates awareness of some of the limitations in common mental health supports (past and present) for those suffering from trauma of neglect. Mindful of the burden of cost and time commitment of long term treatment being adverse or out of reach to many patients, the author speaks honestly with helpful guidance to lessen mental health industry limitations in current trends as they impact patients struggling to identify and overcome the trauma of neglect.
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    Edy Nathan
    May 21, 2023
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Kind Guide for Clinicians Who Treat Clients Who Were Neglected and Traumatized as Children
    Your caring voice, your teaching and your understanding of what happens in the developmental process of neglect and trauma is necessary reading for al...More
    Your caring voice, your teaching and your understanding of what happens in the developmental process of neglect and trauma is necessary reading for all who work with adults who were children of neglect and face the traumatic manifestations within their psyches and souls. I will use this as reference in my practice, and though this is for clinicians it is a reminder to any of us who are also children of neglect, to take care of the self as we work with others. Ruth you have created a go-to guide with sensitivity, clarity and structure. Thank you!
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    IslandGirl67
    October 8, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, caring and informative
    This is an excellent and very informative text for therapists, clients and people who care about anyone in their life who has survived trauma and negl...More
    This is an excellent and very informative text for therapists, clients and people who care about anyone in their life who has survived trauma and neglect. Ruth Cohn writes from a kind, caring and very knowledgeable perspective. Her book is a significant contribution to the field of psychotherapy and will be treasured by practitioners and survivors alike. It should also be required reading for psychotherapists in training. I am a therapist, survivor and former longterm client of Ruth’s. She even offered to and helped me figure out how to thread my Mom’s hardly used heavy metal sewing machine! I highly recommend this book.
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    Samuel
    January 11, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
    Very well-written and well-researched book that explains so clearly why neglect is so incredibly damaging for children.
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    BVT49
    December 11, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, effective therapy for an underserved, often unseen population
    Ruth really get's it. Building on the latest research on the effects of neglect and her hard earned experience as a therapist learning to deal with de...More
    Ruth really get's it. Building on the latest research on the effects of neglect and her hard earned experience as a therapist learning to deal with developmental trauma she offers insight and practical advice for effectively work with this underserved population.
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    pat h
    November 16, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the mind of a gifted therapist
    Anyone working as a therapist or counselor should read this book as it will prove illuminating regarding the impact of neglect on both the developing ...More
    Anyone working as a therapist or counselor should read this book as it will prove illuminating regarding the impact of neglect on both the developing brain and psyche. Emotional neglect is much more prevalent than typically thought and can have a limiting impact on a client's efforts in and response to therapy. Ruth brings her years of experience of working with the effects of neglect on attachment and combines that with a strong understanding of up-to-date findings regarding the neurobiological effects of abuse and neglect. She describes this material in a very effective manner sharing, not only her successes but also her "failures" along the way. As with all gifted therapists, much more is learned from our mistakes than from our successes. Many are hesitant to share them, though, and Ruth is to be commended for sharing many of these learning experiences in her book. I supervise a number of clinicians and have strongly recommended they get this book and incorporate the many insights revealed in their work with clients.
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    Aaron
    November 5, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for clinicians interested in trauma and the importance of childhood neglect.
    A must read for anyone who works with individuals suffering with mental health problems related to trauma as well as the patients themselves. With g...More
    A must read for anyone who works with individuals suffering with mental health problems related to trauma as well as the patients themselves. With great case studies it focuses on areas we have neglected for far too long.
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    Stephen B.
    October 20, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enormously useful, practical guidance for therapists; critically needed; largely missing elsewhere
    Ruth Cohn has made an invaluable contribution to anyone working with clients of neglect, an area that has largely and sadly been relatively unaddresse...More
    Ruth Cohn has made an invaluable contribution to anyone working with clients of neglect, an area that has largely and sadly been relatively unaddressed elsewhere. She has shared deep insights into recognizing this aspect of childhood wounding, conveying the signs and patterns to look for and then how to guide a client toward wholeness and healing. Ruth's care for her patients shines through in the case studies and portraits she lovingly provides. Her humility in sharing mistakes she's made while developing consummate skill in this regard makes this book accessible...to practitioners and laypeople. The book is also deeply moving. Take advantage of the treasure.
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    rapunza
    October 5, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insights, tenderly told
    Disclaimer: I am a longtime client of Ruth Cohn. I echo the praise other reviewers have said about this book. And, since I've learned so much more fro...More
    Disclaimer: I am a longtime client of Ruth Cohn. I echo the praise other reviewers have said about this book. And, since I've learned so much more from Ruth than all that I learned reading both her books, I want to offer more than just a book review.

    Ruth is phenomenal, and it shows in all her work. She has a deeply compassionate heart, a prodigious memory, and a dedication to her vocation that inspires her to seek out as much knowledge and research as she can. She prizes science-based information, never hearsay. She abhors blame, and encourages clients to move beyond blaming themselves or each other. She believes that we need not feel ashamed for the things we did (or sometimes still do) in order to survive. She believes that we are not responsible for what happened *to* us—we are only responsible for what we do today and tomorrow. She firmly believes that there's nothing an individual or couple can't work through as long as they keep trying. All of this and more comes through in her books—both this one and her previous, equally excellent book, *Coming Home to Passion.* Ruth is truly a lifesaver. I'm immeasurably grateful to her for all the ways she's helped me make my life better.
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    Ben L
    September 29, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Must read - thoughtful, insightful, and informative
    Must read! This was a very thoughtfully, well written, insightful, and very informative book. Very valuable resource, crafted with a delicate and know...More
    Must read! This was a very thoughtfully, well written, insightful, and very informative book. Very valuable resource, crafted with a delicate and knowledgeable background.
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    ECV
    September 18, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful, Enlightening, and Informative
    Ruth Cohn is masterful as she presents the case for addressing the impact of neglect. She weaves together research, personal stories, and her vast exp...More
    Ruth Cohn is masterful as she presents the case for addressing the impact of neglect. She weaves together research, personal stories, and her vast experience as a psychotherapist. As a former superintendent, I can testify that only in the last few years, educators have become aware of the impact of what Cohn describes as “capital T Trauma.” She now is enlightening us about the impact of the developmental trauma of neglect. In schools, we witness it with quiet children who melt into the woodwork or others who bend over backward to please us. We often exacerbate their experience of neglect by ignoring them because these children are not demanding or disrupting. By reading her book, educators will be able to understand some of the signals and respond appropriately.
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    Jeremy Robinson
    September 15, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Deep look into childhood neglect, written for therapists with fascinating case histories.
    This book is a deep look into the many aspects of childhood neglect, presented in a way even a layperson can understand and benefit. The case histori...More
    This book is a deep look into the many aspects of childhood neglect, presented in a way even a layperson can understand and benefit. The case histories, connected as they are to a specific aspect of the effect of neglect, allow the reader to understand and learn, even without a background in psychotherapy.
    I am grateful to Ms Cohn for this book, which has helped me to understand and feel compassion for anyone suffering from this condition.
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    Araminta Jonsson
    September 4, 2021
    A true roadmap for clinicians and laypeople alike
    Ruth Cohn has a way with words. She is able to explain the theory with anecdote and science in a way that grips you and informs you. This is a true gu...More
    Ruth Cohn has a way with words. She is able to explain the theory with anecdote and science in a way that grips you and informs you. This is a true guide to healing and I recommend it for anyone out there who works with individuals suffering with mental health issues caused by trauma, and indeed those individuals themselves. It shines a light on places we might not have known to look. Thank you Ruth.
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    Maliha Khan
    September 3, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply moving and compassionate book
    This book is a deeply moving gift for those who have experienced or those who treat childhood trauma. The author paints a vivid picture of the traumat...More
    This book is a deeply moving gift for those who have experienced or those who treat childhood trauma. The author paints a vivid picture of the traumatized child as an adult and skillfully draws the reader’s attention to how trauma manifests.

    It is written in a very accessible manner for the layperson and clinician alike. It is informative without being pedantic, accessible without being too chatty, and most of all, it is deeply compassionate. The author draws upon decades of experience and paints a skillful picture of trauma, with clearly articulated strategies and tools for a clinician to work with this patient population. Each chapter grapples with a different topic could be read standalone, but the real strength of the book lies in how the content builds on itself. This is a real gem of a book - layperson and clinician alike will benefit from it!
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    Egypt
    August 31, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very special book!
    In this book, Ruth Cohn names and validates the often invisible, yet deeply profound, injury of childhood neglect. With extraordinary compassion she o...More
    In this book, Ruth Cohn names and validates the often invisible, yet deeply profound, injury of childhood neglect. With extraordinary compassion she offers the reader a way to understand and recognize the many ways in which neglect can permeate one's life. And with extraordinary experience and lots of hard work she lights the way forward and reveals that healing is truly possible. Thank you for this gift.
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