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Amber

Name: Amber Elliott

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist and PAFCA Creator

Current place of work: The Child Psychology Service, Lichfield and PAFCA

Children traumatised by neglect and abuse experience a double-whammy, negative effect in relation to shame. Firstly, their experiences mean that they are hypersensitive to shame and unable to tolerate it. Secondly the on-going need, of such children, to act out their attachment strategies results in challenging behaviour that causes the adults around them to use reward-punishment strategies, which relies upon the impact of shame to modify behaviour. Therefore, fostered and adopted children are compelled to behave in accordance with their hard-wired attachment strategies and trauma experiences, while being simultaneously told that they are bad for acting in this way, causing shame on top of shame.

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