In her review of Rachael Stryker's The Road to Evergreen: Adoption, Attachment Therapy, and the Promise of Family, Susan Regas indicates that the book is based on the author's participant observation in an attachment clinic in Evergreen, Colorado, where "the Evergreen Model" is used. She describes the model as a mixture of confrontation therapy and therapeutic-parent training for families with children diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD). Regas indicates that the model emphasizes control and compliance; that the children are only allowed to "breath, think, and feel" on their own and must ask permission to do anything else. She describes the approach as "radical and unconventional" that "some people view as life saving and others view as exploitive."
Is reactive attachment disorder a valid and reliable diagnosis? Is there adequate evidence justifying the use of the Evergreen model as a treatment strategy? Are superior methods available? Are techniques such as age regression and over-controlling tactics effective for resolving attachment-related problems?
By Susan Regas
PsycCRITIQUES, 2011 Vol 56(11)