Holmes, J, Oldfield, A. and Polichroniades (2011) 'Creating Change for Complex Children and Their Families: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mulit-Family Work.', Jessica Kingsley Publications.

This book, written by the Croft team, describes the work of the unit and in particular  the multi-disciplinary family-based model of care that the Croft team has developed, and offers suggestions for all professionals working with children with complex needs.

Using detailed case studies to illustrate the model, the book focuses on the needs of children with a wide range of developmental, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and explores the complicated interactions between these children their families and their communities. Based on the clinical experiences of working intensively with groups of families, the team examines how to integrate multi-disciplinary interventions and how to use the powerful relationships that develop to enable families to achieve positive, lasting changes.

Jo Holmes has been the Medical Director of the Croft for more than 12 years. She undertakes specialist assessments of children relating to autism spectrum disorders, attachment disorders and other conditions. Amelia Oldfield is a music therapist at the Croft and has worked in child and family psychiatry for more than 20 years. Marion Polichroniadis was formerly a consultant clinical psychologist and has more than 30 years’ experience in a range of settings, including education, child development centres and child and adolescent mental health services.

The book is available from Amazon through this link:

Publications on music therapy work at The Croft include:

Carter, E. and Oldfield, A. (2002) ‘A Music Therapy Group to 
assist Clinical Diagnoses in Child and Family Psychiatry’ in: Davies A and Richards E (eds) Group Work in Music Therapy, London, Jessica Kingsley Publications.

Oldfield, A. and Bunce, L. (2001) ‘Mummy can play too… - Music Therapy with Mothers and Young Children’, British Journal of Music Therapy. Vol 15, no 1 pp. 27-36.

Oldfield A. (2000) ‘Music Therapy as a Contribution to the
Diagnosis made by the Staff Team in Child and Family Psychiatry – an Initial Description of a Methodology that is still emerging through Clinical Practice’ in: Wigram T. (ed) Assessment and Evaluation in the Arts Therapies, St Albans, UK: Harper House Publications, pp.93-101.

Carter, E. (2002) ‘Playing our part; the role of a music therapy group as an aid to diagnosis.’ paper given at World Congress of Music Therapy, Oxford 2002.

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