Reaching Out in Family Therapy: Home-Based, School, and Community Interventions / Edition 1

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Reaching out to families in the everyday settings in which they live can be a powerful mode of therapeutic intervention, particularly for clients who face complex, multiple problems. This volume presents a practical framework for conducting family therapy sessions in the home, school, and community. Guided by extensive clinical case material, 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; deal with the effects of racism and other societal stressors; and manage and prevent such problems as substance abuse, school drop-out, and child abuse.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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."--Readings
Presents a framework for conducting family therapy sessions in the home, school, and community and helping families deal with a variety of challenges, including the effects of racism and other societal stressors. Demonstrates how outreach work can be particularly useful when working with poor and ethnic minority families, and gives detailed strategies for helping families navigate the demands of multiple agencies and institutions. The authors teach applied, professional, and clinical psychology at Rutgers University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572306752
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 921,740
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D., is a Professor and teacher at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology For the last 6 years, she has been a consultant to the Children's Hospital AIDS Program (CHAP) and the National Pediatric HIV Resource Center in Newark, New Jersey. The author of the highly acclaimed Black Families in Therapy: A Multisystems Approach, she is a nationally recognized author on issues such as ethnicity, African American families, Family Therapy, and the psychosocial and treatment issues related to pediatric AIDS.
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Table of Contents

I. Overview
1. Introduction
2. Cultural, Racial, and Socioeconomic Issues
II. Home-Based Therapy
3. A Framework for Home-Based Family Treatment
4. Multigenerational Patterns in Families in Crisis
5. Working with Children and Their Families
6. Working with Adolescents and Their Families
III. School and Community Work
7. Working with Schools and Preschools
8. Community Interventions
9. A Multisystems Case Example
IV. Research and Supervision
10. Research Evidence for Home-Based, School, and Community Interventions
11. Supervision and Training
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