Social Work Practice with Children and Families: A Family Health Approach / Edition 1

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Effectively engage clients in working for personal change

Social Work Practice with Children and Families presents the framework for family health social work and its applications in various practice environments. This vital textbook provides a unique blend of academic deliberations and practical service guidelines. Case examples or discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter to facilitate more in-depth understanding and discussion among graduate and undergraduate students, professors, and educators in health and human service areas.

Social Work Practice with Children and Families is organized into two major sections entitled "Practice Interventions" and "Policy, Programs, and Emerging Families." This book will supply you with intervention and change strategies for promoting the physical, mental, emotional, social, economic, cultural, and spiritual growth and development of the family unit and each of its members, resulting in its holistic well-being. The book covers a wide variety of family dynamics that you will encounter, including gay/lesbian parents, single parents, and grandparents as caregivers.

In this resource, you will also find case studies, adaptive strategies, and intervention models for working with families dealing with:

  • abuse and violence
  • disability
  • loss and grief
  • migrating and seasonal farm work
  • and more!
Social Work Practice with Children and Families will show you how to adopt and use family health social work practice methodology and models in your casework. As a supplemental text, it will help you harness the resources of the household, the government, and the community to develop interventions and services that promote the interests and welfare of your clients and their loved ones.
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What People Are Saying

Doman Lum PhD
Doman Lum, PhD, ThD, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento
TIMELY AND HELPFUL FOR SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND PRACTITIONERS. . . . The reader is treated to a wide continuum of intervention strategies, population groups, and policy/programs that should be in place to help children and families cope with the problems of living. . . . Presents six practice intervention approaches with selected at-risk populations. Among the innovative micro- and meso-intervention strategies are bibliotherapy, social and family support, and community practice models that are tools for working with children and families in various contextual situations. Furthermore, policy, programs, and an analysis of emerging families address macro interventions with grandparents, lesbian and gay families, homeless women with children, and neighborhoods, as well as the areas of child welfare and family health. Case study illustrations connect practice principles to child and family concerns. I commend the editor and contributors for this fresh effort to shape the emerging area of family health practice.
James K. Whittaker PhD
James K. Whittaker, PhD, Professor of Social Work, The University of Washington
THERE IS MUCH OF VALUE HERE FOR BEGINNING SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS AS WELL AS FOR SEASONED PRACTITIONERS in the community health arena. Professor Yuen and his contributors provide us with a richly detailed compendium of challenging health problems faced by contemporary American families, as well as creative social work responses that seek to remediate, support, and empower.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789017963
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Haworth Health and Social Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editor
Foreword (Doman Lum)
Chapter 1. Family Health Social Work Practice and Change (Francis K. O. Yuen)
Family Health Social Work Practice
Reasons and Needs for Change
Working for Change and Outcomes of Change
Chapter 2. Forensic Social Work and Child Sexual Abuse: Family Health Practice and Institutional Constraints (Gregory J. Skibinski and George E. Connor)
Types of Diversion Programs
Legal Constraints
Political Constraints
Professional Constraints
Chapter 3. Using Bibliotherapy in Family Health Social Work Practice with Children of Divorce (John T. Pardeck)
Family Health Considerations
Family Health and Bibliotherapy
Goals and Principles Guiding Bibliotherapy
The Process of Bibliotherapy
Chapter 4. Adaptive Strategies for Rural Families Living with HIV/AIDS (Susan C. Dollar)
HIV/AIDS in the Rural Context
Family and Community Interventions
Chapter 5. Beyond Crisis Intervention: Services for Families with Children with Disabilities (Ute C. Orgassa)
Families with Children with Disabilities
The Double ABCX Model
Services and Interventions for Families with Children with Disabilities
Chapter 6. Understanding Children’s Reactions to Loss: A Holistic Approach (Joyce Burris)
Cultural Practices and the Role of Children
The Grieving Process
What Helps to Support Children As They Grieve?
Grieving Children and Developmental Issues
Chapter 7. Family Health Social Work Practice with Mexican Migrant and Seasonal Farmworking Families (Chrystal C. Ramirez Barranti)
My Name Is Compesino
Biopsychosocial Dimensions Impacting Well-Being and Family Health
Chapter 8. Grandparents As Parents: An Emerging Family Pattern (Christine A. Price)
Concerns of Custodial Grandparents
Family Health Practice Concerns
Discussion Questions and Resources
Chapter 9. Lesbian and Gay Families: The Changing and Often Unsteady Legal and Social Environment (Robin Kennedy)
Legal Inequities
Current State of Gay AND Lesbian Families
Legal Interventions
Health Care for Gay and Lesbian Families
The Developmental Stages of a Gay/Lesbian Family
Suggested Readings
Chapter 10. When the Family Becomes the State: Child Welfare and Foster Care Policies Affecting Family Health and Well-Being (Susan A. Taylor)
The Child Welfare System: A Graduated Approach to State Intervention
Child Welfare Service Differentiation
What Children Need
Chapter 11. Homeless Women with Children: Their Health and Implications for Family Health Practice (Susan Talamantes Eggman)
Homeless Families: A Definition
Why Are Families Homeless?
Poverty and Homelessness
Health Care Policy to Homeless Families
Health and Health Care Issues for Homeless Families
Chapter 12. The Neighborhood As a Resource for Family Health Social Work Practice (Nicole Nicotera)
Part One: Understanding the Neighborhood As Habitat and Niche
Part Two: Literature Review from the Adult's Worldview
Part Three: Literature Review from the Child’s Worldview
Part Four: Case Study and Application
Part Five: Conclusion, Learning Exercises, and Recommended Readings
Chapter 13. Family Health: Community Practice to Benefit Families and Children (John L. Erlich)
Community Practice Models
Discussion Questions, Exercises, and Recommended Readings
Reference Notes Included
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