Strengthening Family Resilience / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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
Social Service Review

"Opens up some new ways for understanding families, making assessments, and interventions through an understanding of individual and family resilience that can refuel one's therapeutic work with individuals, couples, and families. The book should be read by mental health professionals from all disciplines and used for teaching purposes by mental health educators."--Social Service Review
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

"In this invigorating read, Froma Walsh normalizes the vast adverse experiences of families and takes her readers through the journey of resiliency, challenging the problem-focused mindset offered by other therapeutic modalities....The text includes a strong theoretical base, while offering key experiences of the author in her own process of understanding resiliency. The book is nicely organized into four sections that make it clear and easy to follow....This book is a 'must-read.' Students and seasoned clinicians can find ways to apply the resiliency framework regardless of therapeutic modality. It remains true to systemic nature of MFT and will make a significant contribution to training programs."--Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

"Walsh intends to show us how to think about families from a perspective that will help families and communities face extraordinary changes. She eloquently describes how therapists can shift their perspective to promote resilience. This is a strong work—not simply aspirational but practical, prescriptive, and well reasoned. The book is well grounded in scholarly traditions and contemporary empirical work, and is wonderfully fleshed out with crisp case material. It will be an important eye-opener for therapists in training and an excellent source of pragmatic inspiration for clinicians in the field. It is strongly recommended to both groups of readers."--PsycCRITIQUES
Child & Family Professional

"Anyone working with families in crises will learn much from this highly readable and refreshing book."--Child & Family Professional
Family Ministry

"A landmark book for all who value a family strengths approach to working with families.... Required reading for anyone serious about family ministry today."--Family Ministry

"Provides a fresh, innovative perspective....A solid acquisition on a timely topic."--Choice

"Provides a fresh, innovative perspective....A solid acquisition on a timely topic."--Choice
Presents an innovated framework for therapeutic and preventive work with couples and families who are distressed, vulnerable, or at-risk, filled with suggestions for collaborative interventions that can help family relationships rebound and heal. Identifies key interactional processes for dealing with challenges, drawn from various models of a healthy family, and presents case illustrations showing how to use the strengths of each family member to benefit all family members. For professionals and students in mental health and human services. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher

"Drawing on her extensive experience as a family practitioner and researcher, in this volume Froma Walsh presents an approach to all kinds of families that recognizes and makes use of their resilience and often hidden resources. Bringing substance to the promise of a strengths perspective, this engaging, informative, and useful work is an invaluable resource for social work practitioners, educators, and students interested in families." --Ann Hartman, DSW, Visiting Distinguished Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, New York, Dean and Professor Emerita, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Massachusetts

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593851866
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/18/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Froma Walsh, PhD, is Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She is also the founding Codirector of the University-based Center for Family Health and its affiliated family therapy training institute, the Chicago Center for Family Health. She is the Editor of the Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), recipient of AFTA's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Her edited or coedited publications include Normal Family Processes, Second Edition; Women in Families; Living Beyond Loss; and a forthcoming book on spirituality and family therapy.
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Table of Contents

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
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