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Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman: "Coercive Restraint Therapies are NEVER Appropriate"

Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman explains why coercive restraint therapies are never appropriate.
My work with, and research on, children with disorders of attachment was mischaracterized in the article, "Coercive Restraint Therapies," by Jean Mercer, which was also previously published on the Web. The techniques that Mercer describes as CRT [coercive restraint therapy] are never appropriate, and I do not use such methods in my work. I practice Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, which is a relationship-focused approach based on attachment and developmental theories, for treating children with disorders of attachment. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy's central therapeutic mechanism is the development and maintenance of a contingent collaborative and affectively attuned relationship between therapist and child, between caregiver and child, and between therapist and caregiver. These principles, and the therapeutic approach that is Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, are generally understood to be within the mainstream of current thinking in the field of attachment research and practice.

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