The early chapter on 'The daily life of a milieu-therapist at a residential treatment home: living and working in the midst of children' is an excellent introduction to therapeutic child care. I have already begun to use it at one of the children's homes where I work as a consultant.
I have gained much from reading this committed, practical and stimulating book. I strongly recommend it to everyone involved in direct therapeutic work with children, and with managing and teaching such work.John Burton, Independent Social Care Consultant, Standards for Practice(Reviewed in Children & Society Vol.24, 167-172, 2010)
The well-developed theoretical base and practice presented here helps expand our appreciation of the importance and effectiveness of Residential Child Care as 'therapy in and through the environment'. Understanding the importance of theory for Residential Child Care the authors show how we must continually re-evaluate practice, bringing forwards a heightened conscious level of reflection that informs the tasks we are arranging, organizing, sharing and developing tasks with young people.
Such observations made in a different national context from a group of colleagues working day-today with common elemental feelings, thoughts and behaviours will expand established English orthodoxy on Time, Task and Territory and in doing so enhance the current dialogue that is seeking to connect European and English theoretical and practical traditions of residential work with young people.Jonathan Stanley, Manager, NCERCC
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