Working with Families, Second Edition

A Guide for Health and Human Services Professionals

By Patricia Spindel


In its second edition, this accessible health and human services manual offers a critical overview of the issues and challenges that families face and provides practical strategies for promoting resilience and positive family functioning. Through clinical and sociological perspectives and employing a strengths-based approach, this revised edition provides a broad overview of factors affecting Canadian families such as diverse family structures, healthy and unhealthy forms of communication, family culture and beliefs, couple dynamics, addiction, and developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Covering a wide range of topics, the author draws special attention to LGBTQ and military families, the effects of violence and trauma, and professional ethics and self-care.

An indispensable resource for students and practitioners of social services, child and youth work, and early childhood education, the revised edition of Working with Families, Second Edition reflects current research and practices in the field and features updated statistics and accessible language.


  • includes updated questions for reflection and new suggested further readings, case study scenarios, and classroom-specific resources and activities
  • provides student resources with strategies and approaches for working with families


$69.95 (PRINT)
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6.75" x 9.75”

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