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Communicating Hope An Ethnography of Children's Mental Health Care

ISBN-10: 1611321239
ISBN-13: 9781611321234
Edition: 2013
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Description: Kevin is a sometimes-violent teenager with severe emotional disturbance in a family environment of poverty and stress. In this ethnography of a children's mental health care team, communication scholar Christine Davis delves deeply into how members  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Left Coast Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 241
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Kevin is a sometimes-violent teenager with severe emotional disturbance in a family environment of poverty and stress. In this ethnography of a children's mental health care team, communication scholar Christine Davis delves deeply into how members of the team create hope for themselves, for Kevin, and for his family using a strengths orientation and future focus. A rich, evocative narrative that highlights multiple voices and interpretations, Davis provides a multilayered study of how social service workers can motivate and heal troubled families in challenging environments. The volume includes clinical and practice considerations for those working in the social welfare system.

Preface
Pizza Party: Defending, Explaining, and Introducing
The Defense
Project Background
Definitions and Explanations
Research Focus, Approach, and Role
Research Methodology
R. M. S. Titanic: Meeting Poverty and Disability Face to Face
Poverty Sucks
The Initial Meeting
Help Him
Another World
Abandon All Hope: Challenging Hopelessnes
Challenging Deficits
The Dollar
Does the Family Have Dreams?
Things Are Going to Get Harder
Appearances Are Deceiving: Constructing Turning Points
Team Building
Digressions and Crises
Doing What's Best
Boundaries and Limits
Crazy Is as Crazy Does
Express Yourself
The Future Is Now
The Turning Point
I'd Lose It All
Union Gives Strength: Constructing Hope
Undersized and Starved for Affection
Constructing Hope
Continuing to Feel Supported
Collecting Bills
Information Broker
Something to Write About!
Positive Changes
As People with Stories
All Things Are Possible: Hoping and Helping
You're Influencing My Services
There but for the Grace of God, Go I
Emotionally Insecure
Deeper into the Mind-Bending Universe
Those Dominant Hierarchies
They Promised Me Help
Behavioral Control
Trying to Get Home
Team Voice: Constructing Voice
Subtle Doesn't Work
It's Crazy Out There
Feeling More Hopeful
Blended Voices: Constructing a Future with Hope
Transformed
Crossing Boundaries into the Future
Hope, Empowerment, and Support
No Expectations
Voice on the Table
The Moment of Truth
Last Words
Children's Mental Health Practice Considerations
Systems of Care in Children's Mental Health
System-of-Care Principles
Ramifications of Research
References
Index
About the Author

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