Communicating Hope: An Ethnography of a Children's Mental Health Care Team

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Kevin is a sometimes-violent teenager with severe emotional disturbance in a family environment of poverty and stress. In this ethnography of a children's mental health care team, communication scholar Christine Davis delves deeply into how members of the team create hope for themselves, for Kevin, and for his family using a strengths orientation and future focus. A rich, evocative narrative that highlights multiple voices and interpretations, Davis provides a multilayered study of how social service workers can...
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Overview


Kevin is a sometimes-violent teenager with severe emotional disturbance in a family environment of poverty and stress. In this ethnography of a children's mental health care team, communication scholar Christine Davis delves deeply into how members of the team create hope for themselves, for Kevin, and for his family using a strengths orientation and future focus. A rich, evocative narrative that highlights multiple voices and interpretations, Davis provides a multilayered study of how social service workers can motivate and heal troubled families in challenging environments. The volume includes clinical and practice considerations for those working in the social welfare system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611321234
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Christine S. Davis Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to coming to UNCC, she was a researcher at the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida , where she was involved in numerous projects that studied the communication processes involved in children's mental health services. She also developed and conducted dozens of training sessions on wraparound team meeting facilitation. At the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Davis is involved in several community research and service projects studying communication among patients with disabilities and terminal prognoses, and their families and providers. Her research interests are in the intersection of family, health, and disability. Davis publishes regularly on topics such as children’s mental health, end-of-life communication, family disability, spirituality and healthcare, and narrative ethnography and autoethnography.
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Table of Contents


PrefaceChapter 1: Rigging and LaunchingChapter 2: S.S. Titanic Chapter 3: Abandon All HopeChapter 4: Appearances are DeceivingChapter 5: Union Gives StrengthChapter 6: All Things are Possible Chapter 7: Team VoiceChapter 8: Blended Voices Chapter 9: Children’s Mental Health Practice ConsiderationsNotesReferencesIndexAbout the Author
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