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Helping Families in Family Centres

Helping Families in Family Centres

Working at Therapeutic Practice

Edited by Linnet McMahon and Adrian Ward

Quick Overview

The book is a comprehensive guide for family centre workers, and for all social workers working with children and families. Based on a psychodynamic approach emphasising the central importance of attachment in relationships, the book also applies systemic ideas and the 'therapeutic community' approach to the overall design of the centres.
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Paperback / softback
2001, 9.06in x 6.30in / 230mm x 160mm, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-85302-835-9
$42.95

Description

The first text to look in detail at the delivery and management of therapeutic work in family centres, this much-needed book gives practical guidance for professionals working with children and families. The contributors show how family centres form a key element of `joined-up' work with families in need, providing both practical and emotional support for parents as well as children.

Based on a psychodynamic approach emphasising the central importance of attachment in relationships, the book also applies systemic ideas and the `therapeutic community' approach to the overall design and management of the centres. Particular examples of therapeutic interventions discussed include play therapy with children, systemic work with black families, working with men, and early intervention. The book is a comprehensive guide for family centre workers, their managers and senior managers, and for all social workers working with children and families. As family centres are becoming an increasing focus for multi-agency work, health visitors, teachers, and mental health professionals should also find the book useful, as should policy makers at all levels.

Reviews

'McMahon and Ward offer a spirited defence of therapeutic social work as it is practiced in family centres and which, as the last contributor suggests, can be successfully transferred to other social work settings. This book is bursting with ideas and principles which will be of interested to all those who are concerned with helping children and families.'
- Young Minds Magazine

'I was attracted to this book both because of the focus on family centres and Adrian Ward's coeditorship. I have found Adrian Ward's writing on group care particularly helpful and was not disappointed by his contribution. This book is highly readable and particularly accessible if the reader has an interest in therapeutic approaches and psychodynamics.'
- Rostrum

'This book looks in detail at the delivery and management of therapeutic work in family centres. It offers practical guidance for professionals working with children and families. Therapeutic interventions discussed include play therapy with children, systemic work with black families and working with men. It would be of interest not only to family centre workers who work with children and families, but also to health visitors, teachers and mental health professionals.'
- ChildRight