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Families in Society
"Masterfully integrates decades of family therapy research and practice. Dr. Walsh's scholarship, experience, and wisdom are evident throughout the text."--Families in Society
Now in a fully revised, updated, and expanded second edition, this informative clinical resource and text presents Froma Walsh's family resilience framework for intervention and prevention with clients dealing with adversity. Drawing on extensive research and clinical experience, the author describes key processes in resilience for practitioners to target and facilitate. Useful guidelines and case illustrations address a wide range of challenges: sudden crisis, trauma, and loss; disruptive transitions, such as job loss, divorce, and migration; persistent multistress conditions of serious illness or poverty; and barriers to success for at-risk youth. New chapters present resilience-oriented approaches to recovery from major disasters and demonstrate community-based and international programmatic applications. "The world has changed since the original publication of Strengthening Family Resilience, and this reality is apparent on every page of Froma Walsh's fine second edition of her classic and soon-to-be-classic-again book. Walsh provides a thoughtful integration of theory and practice, principles and questions, leavened with the humility that thinking deeply in such complex times deserves. She has strengthened the new edition with attention to a wider variety of challenging circumstances that families face, and emphasizes collaborative and community-based approaches to assisting families in hard times.
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How do some families successfully weather crisis situations and adversity, while others weaken or even break apart? Focusing on what we can learn from resilient indivuduals and well-functioning families, this book provides clincians with a framework for preventive and interventive work with families that are distressed or at risk. Froma Walsh draws on current research and extensive clinical experience to identify the key processes that buffer families in times of stress, including belief systems, family structure, and communication patterns. Readers learn strength-promoting, collaborative strategies for helping families deal with divorce, death, and other losses, multicrisis situations; and persistent challenges such as illness and poverty.
"For a field so steeped in pathology and so focused on the individual, Froma Walsh's book is a breath of fresh air. Strengthening Family Resilience is clear and comprehensive, incorporating research and clinical perspectives, demonstrating through a positive longitudinal perspective how our lives can be transformed beyond trauma, pain, and tragedy. Resilience is a pivotal topic of our times, essential to our survival and to our overcoming adversity. This book shifts perspective from family weakness and dysfunction to family potential, resourcefulness, strength, and ability to rebound through collaborative efforts. Walsh provides a brilliant reformulation of resilience, exploring the rich interpersonal context of families and communities within which resilience evolves." --Monica McGoldrick, ACSW, PhD (h.c.), Director, The Family Institute of New Jersey, Metuchen, New Jersey
"The ideas and clinical directions contained in this book are immediately usable by therapists of all persuasions. And what do we need more--in this world and in our offices--than a sound, clear, profoundly thoughtful method of dealing with stress that calls forth the strengths within us? Walsh's book provides this in lively, warm-hearted prose that summarizes the research, reveals Walsh's years of interest and experience with the subject, and gives useful clinical examples and content outlines that are every teacher's dream." --Betty Carter, MSW
"This volume is a wonderful guide to delineating and enhancing the interpersonal resources that families bring to meet the challenges and crises of their lives. The author weaves together her exceptional scholarship, clinical wisdom and personal experience into a tapestry of great value for researchers and clinicians." --David Reiss, MD, Division of Research, Department of Psychiatry, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC
|Ch. 1||Foundations of a family resilience approach||3|
|Ch. 2||The growing diversity and complexity of families in a changing world||27|
|Ch. 3||Belief systems : the heart and soul of resilience||49|
|Ch. 4||Organizational patterns : family shock absorbers||83|
|Ch. 5||Communication processes : facilitating mutual support and problem solving||106|
|Ch. 6||Practice principles and guidelines to strengthen family resilience||129|
|Ch. 7||A family resilience framework for community-based programs and services||164|
|Ch. 8||Loss, recovery, and resilience||181|
|Ch. 9||Chronic illness and family caregiving : challenges and gifts||217|
|Ch. 10||Strengthening resilience in vulnerable multistressed families||251|
|Ch. 11||Recovery from trauma, traumatic loss, and major disasters : strengthening family and community resilience||288|
|Ch. 12||Reconnection and reconciliation : bridge over troubled waters||318|
Posted August 31, 2013
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