Social Work and the Family Unit

[Haworth co-indexing entry note]: “The Family Unit: PLACE, BASE or Both?” Knippa, William B. Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Family Social Work (The Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 4, No. 3, 2000, pp. 51-63; and: Social Work and the ...

Author: David J. Ludwig

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317719953

Category: Family & Relationships

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Use the techniques in this book to conduct productive, successful sessions with your clients! Social Work and the Family Unit offers methods and suggestions for focusing on problems within relationships, rather than simply placing blame, in order to dispel stressful and unhealthy situations. This essential book will show you how to empower couples to understand the relationships that form the fabric of their lives, the benefits ”we” thinking, and how spirituality influences people's connections and experiences. Social Work and the Family Unit provides therapists and clients with techniques and examples for conducting more successful and productive sessions. The authors of the six sections of Social Work and the Family Unit draw on their expertise to address the overwhelming importance of focusing on relationships when working with individuals and families. Editor David Ludwig's ”It's the Relationship, Stupid!” gives specific case descriptions showing that, in most situations, the client is focusing on the wrong thing as the cause of his or her distress. Alex Opper's ”What Do You Mean, 'It's the Relationship'? What's That Got to Do with Step-Parenting” points to the difficulty of, and suggests ways of, forming a good ”we” from the ”us” versus ”them” tensions often found in blended families. Walter Murphy's ”Growing up in a 'We’Family” and William B. Knippa's ”The Family Unit: Place, Base, or Both?” focus on the benefit to children of a united parental front that they cannot manipulate. Donald R. Bardill's ”The Relational Systems Model: Reality and Self-Differentiation” identifies the relationships that form the realities (self, other, context, and spiritual) of each person's life and shows how clients can be empowered to live in each of these four realities as self-differentiated persons. The final chapter, by Joanides, Joanning, and Keoughan, provides you with a systematic description of religious people's perceptions of religion and spirituality. It shows that important contextual information can be missed when therapists and researchers fail to address religion and spirituality from the perspectives of clients who are guided by faith. Implications for MFTs and MFT researchers are discussed in detail. The information you'll find in Social Work and the Family Unit will help you and your clients to understand what's really going on in their families and their lives. This valuable book belongs in your professional collection!
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Family group conferences in social work

Involving Families in Social Care Decision Making Edwards, Deanna, Parkinson, Kate. incarcerated women', International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 58(3):303–19. Ministerial Advisory Committee (1988) ...

Author: Edwards, Deanna

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781447335832

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Family group conferences (FGCs) are a strengths-based approach to social work practice, empowering families to take responsibility for decision-making. It is a cost-effective service, which is currently used by the majority of local authorities. This collection discusses the origins and theoretical underpinnings of family led decision making and brings together the current research on the efficacy and limitations of FGCs into a single text. This insightful book also covers topics such as the use of FGCs in different areas of children and families social work, uses case studies to illustrate current practice, and explores whether FGCs should become a mainstream function of children and families social work.
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Social Work Treatment 4th Edition

preciate family functioning, the social worker must study the organization of the family system, the group's interactive process, rather than the search for the origins or outcomes of these interactions. In open systems, when a variety ...

Author: Francis J. Turner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439135983

Category: Fiction

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**** The third edition (1986) is cited in BCL3. Introduces theoretical systems--Aboriginal theory, narrative, hypnosis, constructivism, and empowerment theory--and examines the full range of therapeutic approaches, including psychoanalysis, ego psychology, cognitive, crisis intervention, client-centered theory, feminist theory and meditation. The style and content of the chapters are practice-oriented, concentrate on the use of systems in a practical context, and, together with detailed descriptions of each theoretical system, explore their real-world implementation. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Social Work and Social Welfare

The family is a system, and working with a family essentially means working with a group and can be overwhelming at first. The family assessment provides the social worker and the family with insights regarding patterns of individual ...

Author: Marla Berg-Weger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136314353

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation is a nationally recognized, best-selling text and unique website for US Introductory Social Work and Social Welfare courses. It provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values that are essential for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and public policy in a variety of practice settings. This new third edition is an up-to-date profile of the world in which today’s social workers practice, with current demographic, statistical, legislative, policy, and research information; sensitive discussions of contemporary ethical issues; and new first-person narratives from social workers in a variety of fields. The call to become engaged in some of society’s most challenging issues is clearer than in previous editions.
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Social Work With Multi Family Groups

It is the smallest unit in which sequential interaction among the members of the multi-family therapy group can be demonstrated ... sequence wascoded into one ofthe following fivecategories: mother,father, child, social worker or group.

Author: D Rosemary Cassano

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317736240

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 122

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Here is a remarkable new volume for understanding the interrelatedness of the primary family group and the formed therapeutic group. Multiple family therapy is a special type of group practice that involves the members of several families meeting together with a professional to work on common family concerns. Rosemary Cassano, acclaimed for her qualitative research on multiple family group therapy, has produced an exciting volume that reflects the diversity of client populations and patterns and processes in these groups. Social Work With Multi-Family Groups reveals to the professional what actually goes on in the process of group interactions and practitioner interventions. In this state-of-the-art volume, social workers set forth a specific and careful definition of multiple family practice and examine the successful use of multi-family groups with families with child-labeled problems, institutionalized elderly suffering from physical and cognitive impairments and their family members, patients with life-threatening illness and their families, and several other support groups. Each of the practical examples illustrates how professionals can design helping systems for their clients that combine both professional and peer help and activate the help that is embedded in each client’s own family.
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The Practice of Generalist Social Work

While the social worker may guide the family members toward resources, the members would be encouraged to handle as ... approach to intervening with families also incorporates strengths, views the family as experts on the family unit ...

Author: Julie Birkenmaier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351676700

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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The fourth edition of The Practice of Generalist Social Work continues to teach students to apply micro, macro, and mezzo social work skills. This new edition strengthens the connection between the three levels of practice and is fully updated to the 2015 EPAS. This edition also contains more illustrations of theory and more context for deciding which type of intervention is a good fit. Most chapters now open with a case study and continually refer back to the case to provide additional connections between theory and real-life practice. Each chapter also incorporates a link to a Grand Challenge of Social Work from the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, which shows the connection between social work and the most significant societal challenges of today. The Quick Guides within the text offer students guidance for their field experience and practice after graduation. The text also comes with a rich companion website that includes support materials and six unique cases that encourage students to learn by doing. Go to to explore the cases and additional resources.
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Engaging with Social Work

This work may take the form of family therapy or a family group meeting and involve skills including mediation and conflict resolution. If Sarah raised the issue of her sexual assault, as with her mental illness, this could be perceived ...

Author: Christine Morley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107622395

Category: Social Science

Page: 380

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This is a stimulating, rigorous and student-friendly resource for beginning as well as more experienced social workers.
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Social Work with the Aged and Their Families

information to collaborate with the family in selecting appropriate interventive techniques. The family, however, is more than a source of information or a caregiving resource. It is an important treatment unit. Geriatric social workers ...

Author: Roberta R. Greene

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351489270

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

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In recent years, theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners have become increasingly interested in older adults and the aging process. This volume draws on related disciplines to better understand the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. 'Social Work with the Aged and Their Families' covers areas of central interest to those coping with the needs of an aging population. Among the topics addressed are assessment of the aging, taking into account biological age, psychological age, and socio-cultural and spiritual age. Greene also considers the importance of the family system, family roles and development, functional-age individual and family intervention, and group and community interventions. The scientific and systematic study of aging is known as gerontology. Geriatric social workers are those who have applied established social work theories in an attempt to find suitable techniques for working with their elderly clients. The need for specialized services has given birth to various services and programs. For example, meals-on-wheels and home health care services have been designed to meet specific physical needs of older adults. However, mental health services have lagged far behind as practitioners struggled to adapt such specialties as family therapy to families of later years. A major contribution of this book, now in its third edition, is the functional-age model of intergenerational treatment (FAM), which is an outgrowth of that demand. The functional-age model of intergenerational treatment is an integrative theoretical framework for social workers interested in clinical social work practice with older adults and their families. Since its initial construction in 1986, the model has been augmented by more recent concepts related to successful aging, spirituality, and resiliency. These additions, together with the original assessment and intervention strategies, present the major converging conceptual trends that constitute a model for twenty-first century social work practice in the field of aging.
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Social Work with Children and Their Families

The definition of family proposed by the Commission on Families of the National Association of Social Workers better suits ... us that ethnicity and culture, among other things, affect our thinking about family membership and structure.

Author: Christopher G. Petr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195157550

Category: Medical

Page: 321

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An extensively revised version of the first edition, this text focuses on the practical foundational knowledge required to practice social work effectively in the complex and fast-changing world of services to children and their families. The core organizing framework consists of eight pragmatic perspectives: combating adultcentrism, family-centered practice, the strengths perspective, respect for diversity and difference, the least restrictive alternative, ecological perspective, organization and financing, and achieving outcomes. Unlike most texts that focus either on direct practice or on policy, Petr's revised volume integrates current policy-including recent reform efforts-with "best practices." The student thus gains a deep appreciation for how direct social work practice is linked to, and even guided by, contemporary policy initiatives and the values that underscore those initiatives. Two new chapters are devoted specifically to the fields of child welfare and children's mental health, providing an overview of the laws, policies, practices, and terminology pertaining to each setting. The next eight chapters focus on each pragmatic perspective and its relevance to child welfare and children's mental health. The in-depth case studies that comprise the concluding two chapters illustrate how typical client situations can be successfully addressed within the context of the pragmatic perspectives. Packed with case studies, specific practice instruction, chapter summaries, and suggested learning activities, this book prepares students and practitioners to think and act professionally in ways that are consistent with current laws, values, policies, and reform efforts in the field.
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Social Work Practice

In sum, Minuchin's model helps the practitioner understand that treatment of the family group must not only include work with individual family members but also work with the larger social ecology that often creates pressures on the ...

Author: John T. Pardeck

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780865692367

Category: Social Science

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Demonstrates the positive outcomes of integrating familial, social, and cultural factors in social work.
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