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Drawing on extensive research and clinical experience, Walsh identifies key processes in resilience for practitioners to target and facilitate. Numerous case illustrations assist the reader in eliciting the unique strengths of diverse families to the benefit of all their members, from small children to frail elderly. Guidelines are delineated for intervening sensitively and effectively with those struggling with sudden crisis, trauma, and loss; disruptive transitions, such as job loss, divorce, and migration; chronic multistress conditions of serious illness or poverty; and barriers to success for at-risk youth.

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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

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.
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"While most therapists search for a cure for an illness, Froma Walsh explores the potential in families for wellness. This book highlights the multiple causes that may contribute to family distress, and then, with a powerful lens of hope, explores the varied avenues that family members can take to increase family and individual resilience. Strengthening Family Resilience is an antidote to the simplistic labeling of diagnostic manuals. Therapists will change their ways of thinking about healing after reading this remarkable book."--Salvador Minuchin, MD

"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. This book will appeal to students and seasoned clinicians alike."--Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, Harvard Medical School

"Froma Walsh has done it again! In this outstanding second edition, she provides an informative, comprehensive, and positive guide for students and professionals. Walsh writes in a crystal-clear, practical way. She outlines those factors in human development and community life that foster resilience, and illustrates ways to help families delve inward into untapped spiritual and emotional resources, and reach outward to connect with others. Her framework has the elasticity to encompass the wide variety of families of the 21st century. Walsh’s work transforms the usual pathologizing approach to adversity, offering an uplifting orientation that is deeply needed in our field."--Monica McGoldrick, LCSW, PhD (h.c.), Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, New Jersey

"In this era of stress and uncertainty, Walsh brings us a framework for hope and healing. This second edition updates and expands what has become a classic text in the psychotherapy literature. Providing an integrated view of resilience and reconciliation, the book helps us understand how the human spirit can withstand and grow from trauma, and shows what professionals can do to build on client and family strengths. This book is 'must' reading for all health and human service professionals who practice with individuals, couples, families, and communities."--Susan H McDaniel, PhD, University of Rochester

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572304086
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/25/1998
  • Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Froma Walsh, PhD, is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She also has a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, Pritzker School of Medicine, and is Co-Director of the university-affiliated Chicago Center for Family Health. She is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) and past editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Walsh has received awards for her distinguished contributions and leadership in the field of family therapy from the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and AFTA. Her books include Normal Family Processes, Living Beyond Loss, Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy, and Women in Families. She speaks and consults internationally on resilience-oriented research, professional training, and practice.

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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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