Children in Families at Risk: Maintaining the Connections / Edition 1

Children in Families at Risk: Maintaining the Connections / Edition 1

by Lee Combrinck-Graham, L. Combrinck-Graham
     
 


Over the last two decades, there has been an increasing appreciation of the importance of the family context in child therapy. In her previous, highly acclaimed book Children in Family Context, Lee Combrinck-Graham and her colleagues bridged the fields of child therapy and family therapy with an exploration of basic issues. Building upon that work, thisSee more details below

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Over the last two decades, there has been an increasing appreciation of the importance of the family context in child therapy. In her previous, highly acclaimed book Children in Family Context, Lee Combrinck-Graham and her colleagues bridged the fields of child therapy and family therapy with an exploration of basic issues. Building upon that work, this volume describes actual programs that are based on the notion that family connections are substantial resources for healing and recovery even when the family is a very troubled one. With a particular focus on work with severely fractured families, most of these programs attempt to keep children connected with their own families despite circumstances that sometimes prevent them from living together.

Detailing a wide variety of situations, chapters cover cases involving children who are emotionally and behaviorally disturbed, children with psychiatric disorders, abusive parents, and parents with substance abuse problems. Where family preservation is not possible, chapter authors discuss new strategies to keep families involved in the treatment process.

Laying the groundwork for a comprehensive family-centered system of care, chapters describe a broad range of innovative approaches including programs that:

* Utilize the community "families" of inner city youth
* Involve families in their own evaluation and planning
* Advocate changing school counselors to school-based family therapists
* Have foster parents collaborate with biological parents.

Each program is fully detailed to include a complete description, a discussion of the value of this approach, and at least one actual example to illustrate how it works.

Taken together, the programs described in this book represent a significant shift in focus for mental health professionals working with children. Further illuminating the key role played by family connection in child health, CHILDREN IN FAMILIES AT RISK is essential reading for all practitioners who work with children and families. Written in an accessible style, it serves as a teaching text for advanced courses in family therapy and child psychotherapy. The book will also provide valuable insights for school professionals, child welfare workers, policy makers, teachers, and attorneys and family court judges.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898628524
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
06/16/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
429
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.29(d)

Table of Contents


I. CHANGING THE WAYS WE THINK ABOUT ENGAGING FAMILIES
1. Working with Inner City Tribes: Collaborating with the Enemy or Finding Opportunities for Building Community?, Jim Nelson
2. Families in their own Evaluations, Steve W. Rathbun, Daniel R. Lord, Faye A. Koop, and Vickie Burgess MacArthur
3. Psychiatric Emergencies and Family Preservation: Partnerships in an Array of Community-Based Services, Stephen Christian-Michaels

II. FAMILY PRESERVATION
4. Eastfield Ming Quong: Multiple-Impact In-Home Treatment Model, Laura Fraser
5. Family-Based Mental Health Services, Cynthia Archacki-Stone
6. Helping Families Become Places of Healing: Systemic Treatment of Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse, Raymond X. De Maio

III. FAMILIES OF CHILDREN PLACED IN INSTITUTIONS
7. Children and Adolescents in Psychiatric Hospitals, John Sargent
8. Organizing the Hierarchy around Children in Placement, Michael R. Fox
9. The Role of a Home-Based Mentor Program in the Psychiatric Continuum of Care for Children and Adolescents, Julie McKenzie, Edwin J. Mikkelsen, Wayne Stelk, Gerald Bereika, and Donald Monack
10. Substance-Abusing Mothers and their Children: Treatment for the Family , Francine Feinberg

IV. FOSTER CARE OPTIONS
11. Foster and Natural Families: Forming a Cooperative Network, Patricia Minuchin
12. Foster Family Clusters: Continuum Advocate Home Network, Marcia A. Eckstein

V. REUNIFICATION
13. Sibling Therapy: One Step in Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism in Foster Care, Karen Gail Lewis
14. The Stages of the Reunification Process and the Tasks of the Therapist, Lindsay Bicknell-Hentges
15. Preparing Child Welfare Agencies for Family Preservation and Reunification Programs, Rocco A. Cimmarusti

VI. CONNECTING PROGRAMS
16. Project Exodus: The Corrections Connection, Judith A. Falk
17. Working with Families in the Schools, Barbara King, Lora Randolph, William A. McKay, and Markus Bartell

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