Parental Presence: Reclaiming a Leadership Role in Bringing up Our Children

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The recent proliferation of news items that involve youth and violence has people from many fields clamoring for answers. Mental health professionals are being asked to intervene in more and more cases where young people are described as "out of control" and parents see themselves as lacking any control. Fear and resignation are what families too often are left with.

Now, best-selling Israeli author Haim Omer offers hope to the growing number of parents who feel increasingly ...

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Overview

The recent proliferation of news items that involve youth and violence has people from many fields clamoring for answers. Mental health professionals are being asked to intervene in more and more cases where young people are described as "out of control" and parents see themselves as lacking any control. Fear and resignation are what families too often are left with.

Now, best-selling Israeli author Haim Omer offers hope to the growing number of parents who feel increasingly helpless. Parental Presence: Reclaiming a Leadership Role in Bringing Up Our Children will provide mental health professionals of every discipline -- and parents from every walk of life -- with the keys to an integrative parenting approach that works.

Although there has been much talk about the impact on a family when one or both parents is literally absent, there has been less about what is perhaps even a more pervasive sort of absence -- when the parent lives in the household but has withdrawn from the parenting role. Weaving together a wide array of powerful case excerpts, this book describes -- and shows in action -- ways to regain the parenting role by employing a unified concept of love and firmness. The guiding tenets of parental presence are first introduced and then analyzed in light of behavioral, systemic, and humanistic approaches. Next, Omer shows how parents can recover the capacity to take action. The loss and retrieval of personal identity are discussed, as are novel ways to deal with impasse and promote resolution. Finally, Omer takes a realistic look at how to involve children in therapy without weakening the parent's position.

Parental withdrawal usually is the result of feeling overwhelmed by a child's demands, complaints, threats, or other types of aggression. Parental Presence offers a practical and profound antidote. It is a vital new resource for clinicians and parents alike.

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Mental health professionals are being asked to intervene in more and more cases in which young people are described as being "out of control" and parents see themselves as lacking any control. With this book, the author provides mental health professionals of every discipline:and parents from every walk of life:with the keys to an integrative parenting approach that works. Although there has been much talk about the impact on a family when one or both parents is literally absent, there has been less about what is perhaps even a more pervasive sort of absence:when the parent lives in the household but has withdrawn from the parenting role. Weaving together a wide array of powerful case excerpts, the author describes:and shows in action:ways to regain the parenting role by employing a unified concept of love and firmness. The guiding tenets of parental presence are first introduced and then analyzed in light of behavioral, systemic, and humanistic approaches. Next, he shows how parents can recover the capacity to take action. The loss and retrieval of personal identity are discussed, as are novel ways to deal with impasse and promote resolution. Finally, the author takes a realistic look at how to involve children in therapy without weakening the parent's position. Offering a powerful antidote to the sense of helplessness that can trigger parental withdrawal, this is an important book for parents and for the clinicians who work with them.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781891944390
  • Publisher: Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 145
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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