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Strengthening Family Resilience / Edition 1

Strengthening Family Resilience / Edition 1

by Froma Walsh


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Strengthening Family Resilience / Edition 1

provides clinicians 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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ISBN-13: 9781572304086
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 09/25/1998
Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

I. Overview
1. Foundations of a Family Resilience Approach
2. The Growing Diversity and Complexity of Families in a Changing World
II. Key Family Processes in Resilience
3. Belief Systems: The Heart and Soul of Resilience
4. Organizational Patterns: Family Shock Absorbers
5. Communication Processes: Facilitating Mutual Support and Problem Solving
III. Practice Application
6. Practice Principles and Guidelines to Strengthen Family Resilience
7. A Family Resilience Framework for Community-Based Programs and Services
IV. Facilitating Family Resilience through Crisis and Prolonged Challenges
8. Loss, Recovery, and Resilience
9. Chronic Illness and Family Caregiving: Challenges and Gifts
10. Strengthening Resilience in Vulnerable Multistressed Families
11. Recovery from Trauma, Traumatic Loss, and Major Disasters: Strengthening Family and Community Resilience
12. Reconnection and Reconciliation: Bridge over Troubled Waters


Students and practitioners in family therapy, clinical social work, clinical psychology, psychiatry, and related fields. Serves as a primary or supplemental text in such courses as Social Work Practice with Families, Family Counseling and Therapy, and Family Psychology.

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