Reaching Out in Family Therapy: Home-Based, School, and Community Interventionsby Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Brenna Hafer Bry
This volume provides the skills practitioners need to conduct family therapy sessions in the home, school, and community. The authors demonstrate how meetings outside of the traditional office setting can enable therapists to intervene actively in the various systems that affect clients' lives. This multisystems approach can be particularly useful when working with poor and ethnic minority families, whose support networks may include extended family, school personnel, and members of the "church family." Practitioners learn how to utilize out-of-office sessions to meet the people who are influential in clients' lives; observe the life realities of children, adolescents, and parents; and identify resources that can be mobilized to produce change. Detailed strategies are presented to help families navigate the overlapping demands of multiple agencies and institutions and to manage and prevent such problems as substance abuse, school drop-out, and child abuse. Throughout, therapeutic and ethical guidelines are illustrated by extensive clinical case material. The book is ideal for those already doing home-based work, as well as those who would like to incorporate it into their practice.
"This is a powerful, thorough, and extremely relevant book. It will prove to be an essential graduate-level text for instructors who are serious about training students to work with underserved populations. Boyd-Franklin and Bry have also done a tremendous service for working professionals in providing practical, meaningful guidelines for establishing and deepening linkages to client families' communities. Exceptional coverage includes working with families in crisis and intervention and prevention in schools." --James L. Karustis, PhD, Psychologist, Haverford Medical Center, Havertown, Pennsylvania
"Reaching Out in Family Therapy is specific and practical in its discussion of home-based and community interventions, capturing the relationship between clinical work and culture, race, and ethnicity. The book teaches theory and technique at the same time that it serves as a practical manual. This is a rich resource for today's clinician who would venture into the real world of clients, particularly ethnic and racial minorities." --Harry J. Aponte, MSW, author of Bread and Spirit
"A sure winner. This book is a hands-on, ready reference that gives family workers explicit instruction on how to successfully engage with parents, children, and adolescents in the home, school, and community. The authors explain how families, overwhelmed by poverty, racism, violence, or other stressors, may become alienated from needed support. Therapists learn to bond with these 'difficult' families and help them navigate the maze of complex systems in which they are embedded. Enhancing the therapist's work and involvement, this book will be invaluable in the education and training of family therapists and social workers. Truly a gift." --Elaine Pinderhughes, MSW, Professor Emeritus, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
"This volume should be read by everyone working with families. It provides a practical, clear framework for multisystems intervention at the individual, family, community, and agency levels, with special attention to the needs of children and adolescents. Drawing carefully on the literature to back up their ideas, the authors bring many years of experience as clinicians and educators to this book. Without oversimplifying the difficult lives of the families they serve, they present thoughtful, resourceful, and manageable suggestions for practice. This is a hopeful, positive, and essential guide." --Monica McGoldrick, LCSW, PhD (h.c.), Family Institute of New Jersey
"An exciting primer for change through multi-systemic interventions....Students will find in it a primary text for understanding the interrelationships among theory, practice, and supporting research, as well as for learning clear, step-by-step technique. It will help seasoned clinicians refine their craft and reinvigorate their commitment to change. Supervisors will find tips on providing focused guidance to their charges. And program directors can look to this book for a grounded, workable, hope-infused system of change for vulnerable families."
“The writing is clear, with case examples illustrating almost every point throughout the book….Many techniques and perspectives of the multisystems model presented in this book combine common sense and empirically-supported techniques from other models (particularly behavioral and structural) into a comprehensive approach.”
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Meet the Author
Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, is Distinguished Professor (Professor II) in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has received awards for her outstanding contributions from many professional organizations, including the American Family Therapy Academy, the Association of Black Psychologists, the American Psychological Association (Divisions 45 and 43), the Association of Black Social Workers, and the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Boyd-Franklin is the author of Black Families in Therapy, Second Edition, and coauthor of Therapy in the Real World, among numerous other publications.
Brenna Hafer Bry, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and has over 25 years of experience in home-based family, school, and community interventions and research. Dr. Bry has devoted her career to identifying at-risk youth and developing and evaluating early intervention programs for them and their families. One of her original school-based interventions recently was renamed the Behavioral Monitoring and Reinforcement Program and designated an “effective strategy” by the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Drug Free Schools Program.
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