Working With Families Of The Poor

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This eagerly awaited volume draws upon the authors' many years of experience in the inner city to provide vital guidance to therapists working with poor families. While standard counseling models are often limited to individual persons and their problems, this book emphasizes the importance of understanding individual needs within a larger family framework, and considering the family itself within broader organizational and community contexts. Weaving in numerous case histories and examples of practical ...
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This eagerly awaited volume draws upon the authors' many years of experience in the inner city to provide vital guidance to therapists working with poor families. While standard counseling models are often limited to individual persons and their problems, this book emphasizes the importance of understanding individual needs within a larger family framework, and considering the family itself within broader organizational and community contexts. Weaving in numerous case histories and examples of practical interventions, the authors demonstrate how their inventive approach can be used to draw out clients' strengths and to make the most of limited social service resources. Readers will learn new techniques to gather information, reframe family assumptions, handle conflict, and explore alternative patterns of interaction. In addition, the authors show therapists how to increase the level of collaboration between poor families and the multiple agencies that provide assistance with foster care, substance abuse counseling, perinatal programs, residential and psychiatric centers for children, and home-based services.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Arguing that often services for poor urban families or individuals in those families are fragmented and ineffective, the authors present a systems-oriented and family-centered approach to social services. After chapters discussing how to work within current systems and how to attempt change in those systems, the authors focus on interventions in such areas as foster care, substance abuse and pregnancy programs, residential centers, psychiatric wards, and home-based services. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572304062
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Family Therapy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Minuchin, PhD, is Co-director of Family Studies, Inc., in Boston, Massachusetts, and Professor Emeritus at Temple University. A development psychologist, she has written primarily about families in relation to individual development and on the impact of larger systems on the functioning of poor families and children.

Jorge Colapinto, Lic., is a family therapist and consultant for social service agencies. He is a former member of the staff of Family Studies, Inc., and currently directs the Foster Care Project, Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York, New York.
Salvador Minuchin, MD, Director of Family Studies, Inc., was formerly Director of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. He has worked extensively with poor families and social agencies and has published a number of classic books on family therapy.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Fundamentals of Thought and Practice 1
1 Prologue: Angie, Her Family, and the Community of Helpers 3
2 The Framework: A Systems Orientation and a Family-Centered Approach 11
3 Working in the System: Family-Supportive Skills 32
4 Changing the System: Family-Supportive Procedures 66
Pt. 2 Interventions in Different Settings 87
5 Foster Care: An Ecological Model 91
6 Substance Abuse and Pregnancy: A Family-Oriented Perinatal Program 129
7 Institutionalizing Children I: Residential Centers 157
8 Institutionalizing Children II: Psychiatric Wards 185
9 Home-Based Services 204
10 Epilogue 239
References 241
Index 243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    'Out of the Box'

    This book encourages the professional healers to go beyond the traditional way of working with families trapped under numerous systems and subsystems. The context of interventions is not longer the professional and the identified patient. The extension of the field of interventions open new possibilities of changes in the condition of those at the bottom of the barrel. Minuchin and collaborators provide a beacon for innovative, effective, brief and practical ways to intervene and produce changes.

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