B. Bryan Post, PhD, LCSW is the founder of the Post Institute for Family-Centered Therapy based in Oklahoma, and is the author of "For All Things A Season", "Dr. Post’s New Family Revolution System", and co-author of "The Forever Child" series. He is an internationally recognized specialist in the treatment of emotional and behavioral disturbance in children and families. Dr. Post specializes in a holistic family-based treatment approach that addresses the underlying interactive dynamics of the entire family, a neurophysiologic process he refers to as, "The secret life of the family."
There is much literature on how to parent challenging children these days. Unfortunately, much of that literature does not typically address the child with special parenting needs and a special parenting understanding. A child that has been diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, or even depression, requires anunderstanding not of the behavior itself, but rather of the underlying dynamics driving the behavior.
Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all of our future relationships. These early experiences create the lens through which we view others. Every interaction that we have with another individual is influenced by our own personal past experiences.
Many adoptive families struggle for years to create the peaceful family of which they had dreamed. Regrettably, one of the main barriers preventing such family harmony is one of the least understood when it comes to understanding the plight of the adopted child. That barrier is trauma.