Working with Families
A Guide for Health and Human Services Professionals
This accessible manual provides both students and health and human services professionals with a wealth of information about the issues and challenges facing families. Drawing from clinical and sociological perspectives and employing an empowerment approach, Spindel provides practical strategies for promoting resilience and positive family functioning.The chapters cover a wide spectrum of topics, including diverse family structures, healthy and unhealthy forms of communication, family culture and beliefs, couple dynamics, addiction, and developmental and psychiatric disabilities. The book also pays special attention to military families, the effects of violence and trauma, and professional ethics and self-care.Working with Families is an indispensable resource for students of social services, child and youth work, and early childhood education, as well as for faculty and practitioners in the helping professions.
Table of Contents
IntroductionChapter 1: The Changing Structure of FamiliesChapter 2: Building on Family Strengths and Promoting ResilienceChapter 3: Developmental Stages in FamiliesChapter 4: Family Communication Styles and Couple DynamicsChapter 5: Family Roles, Diversity, and Gender IssuesChapter 6: Family Scripts, Myths, Beliefs, Secrets, and LegaciesChapter 7: Family Functioning, Scapegoating, and Attachment IssuesChapter 8: Couple RelationshipsChapter 9: Families and DisabilityChapter 10: Family ViolenceChapter 11: Addiction and the FamilyChapter 12: Family AssessmentChapter 13: Positive Strategies for Working with FamiliesChapter 14: Working with Parents with Complex NeedsChapter 15: Working with Military FamiliesChapter 16: Grieving FamiliesChapter 17: Common Pitfalls in Working with Families
"Working with Families is an excellent textbook. It is incredibly up-to-date and provides academic and theoretical information in an accessible manner."—Angie Murie, Social Service Worker Program, Humber College
"The Canadian family is complex and diverse. This book presents the founding principles of family work and provides the reader with theoretical frameworks and personal examples in a thorough and thoughtful manner."
—Kelsey Shay Regnier, Child and Youth Care Program, Red River College
"I am quite impressed by the amount of relevant Canadian research.… I would definitely teach with this book."
—Meredith Pilley, Social Worker Program, Fleming College
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