Building Family Practice Skills Methods, Strategies, and Tools

ISBN-10: 0534556868
ISBN-13: 9780534556860
Edition: 2006
Authors: D. Mark Ragg
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Description: This book presents a transtheoretical 'response system framework' for understanding family practice. This framework organizes theoretical information, assessment protocols, skills, and intervention strategies into a learning structure that helps  More...

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Book details

List price: $136.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

This book presents a transtheoretical 'response system framework' for understanding family practice. This framework organizes theoretical information, assessment protocols, skills, and intervention strategies into a learning structure that helps students understand myriad client situations and the intervention strategies that would be most appropriate for those specific situations. Using this over-arching structure, and focusing on two systems of response--action systems (how family members behave and interrelate) and processing systems (how family members interpret/feel)--Ragg guides readers through the five parts of the book with the goal of building holistic family intervention skills. These five parts are comprised of: 'Family thinking', or knowledge of family systems; 'Assessing families'; 'Building the Working Alliance'; 'Change-Focused Intervention'; and 'Working with Multi-Problem and High-Risk Families.'

Mark Ragg holds a Ph.D. in social work and is a key faculty member at Eastern Michigan University's Department of Social Work. Prior to Eastern, Dr. Ragg worked in a Children's Mental Health agency in Canada while also providing family and marital counseling. While working in the field, Dr. Ragg developed many family- and group-centered programs. Working with issues of child abuse, neglect, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and developmental disabilities, he gained research interests in the impact of violence and abuse on children. Dr. Ragg is also author of BUILDING EFFECTIVE HELPING SKILLS.

Thinking Family: An Introduction
Thinking Family: The ories and Frameworks
Thinking Family: Parental Functions
Cultural Influences on Family Functions
Assessing Families: An Introduction
Exploration and Data Collection with Families
Structuring the Family Exploration
Moving from Assessment to Treatment
Building the Working Alliance: An Introduction
Preliminary Engagement with Family Members
Interactive Engagement with Family Members
Positioning Families for Change
Change-Focused Intervention: An Introduction
Direct Change Strategies for Influencing Family Action Systems
Direct Change Strategies for Influencing Family Processing Systems
Influencing Family Members through Indirect Strategies of Change
Working With Hard to Serve Families
Working with Multi-Problem and High-Risk Families: Challenges and Promise
Multi-Agency Work with Multi-Problem and High-Risk Families
Support-Focused Intervention with High-Risk and Multi-Problem Families

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