Promoting Family Change: The Optimism Factor
Life can be a struggle for some families, and support from skilled family workers can make a real difference. Promoting Family Change is a guide to working with vulnerable and marginalized families outside formal therapy settings. It introduces several approaches to family work that have proven to be very successful: solution-focused, narrative, cognitive, and community-building. These approaches assume that the starting point for change is the strengths and capacities of family members. The book is illustrated with detailed case studies drawn from actual practice, and it includes examples of innovative programs. It also looks at ways in which workers can incorporate these approaches into their practice to become more effective in their interventions with vulnerable families. Promoting Family Change is a good introduction to family practice for students and a valuable reference for welfare and community workers who wish to review and improve their practice skills.
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Page vii - ... several of the members of the family assembled in their own home environment, acting and reacting upon one another, each taking a share in the development of the client's story, each revealing in ways other than words social facts of real significance.
Page 32 - It refers to the processes between people which establish networks, norms, and social trust, and facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit.
Page 166 - The Heart and Soul of Change: What Works in Therapy, American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
Page 45 - On a scale of one to ten, where would you place yourself today on that scale, where one means having no control and ten means being totally in control?
Page 1 - Told her that she had jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. She would not listen. She is wild with fear.
Page 69 - What does it tell you about yourself that you were able to do that?
Page xi - Acknowledgements This book could not have been written without the contributions of family members and family workers who took time to answer our questions and describe their experiences.
Page 80 - ... precise meanings that the regular and taken-for-granted terms of the culture of counselling . . . cannot convey
Page 35 - Some of the women in the group were still living with their partners and one in particular was very interested in how Jen had managed to leave Ron.