Most therapy workbooks are designed for direct use in a therapy settings, with exercises to be completed by the client(s) under the direction of the therapist. This workbook, however, is written for therapists themselves. The aim here is to provide a practical grounding in the practice of family attachment therapy, without neglecting theory and theoretical guidelines.
Hughes lays out a general therapeutic plan to be tailored to the individual client or family. The table of contents shows the theoretical framework therapy follows:
3. Affective-Reflective Dialogue
5. The Deepening Sequential Process of AFFT
6. Repair of the Attachment Relationship
7. The Parent as Attachment Figure
8. AFFT for Foster-Adaptive Families: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Appendix A: A Demonstration Session of AFFT
Appendix B: Certification Program for Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and AFFTt
The theoretical grounding is sufficient, and the material on certification is an excellent addition. This workbook is highly recommended for busy therapists who wish to focus on AFFT, as well as those who simply wish to deepen their understanding of this modality or who wish to integrate selected aspects into their own practice.
The most useful related book is Hughe's own Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, for which the Workbook is the companion. Couples' therapists dealing with especially difficult non-abuse situations may find The Couple's Survival Workbook: What You Can Do To Reconnect With Your Partner and Make Your Marriage Work by Olsen and Stephens to be useful, though it is not attachment-focused.