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
Chapter 2: Building on Family Strengths and Promoting Resilience
Chapter 3: Developmental Stages in Families
Chapter 4: Family Communication Styles and Couple Dynamics
Chapter 5: Family Roles, Diversity, and Gender Issues
Chapter 6: Family Scripts, Myths, Beliefs, Secrets, and Legacies
Chapter 7: Family Functioning, Scapegoating, and Attachment Issues
Chapter 8: Couple Relationships
Chapter 9: Families and Disability
Chapter 10: Family Violence
Chapter 11: Addiction and the Family
Chapter 12: Family Assessment
Chapter 13: Positive Strategies for Working with Families
Chapter 14: Working with Parents with Complex Needs
Chapter 15: Working with Military Families
Chapter 16: Grieving Families
Chapter 17: Common Pitfalls in Working with Families
Dr. Patricia Spindel has worked with youth and engaged in systemic advocacy for people with developmental disabilities and their families and older adults for over forty years. She taught at both the University of Guelph-Humber and the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, where she also coordinated the Social Services Worker Program and was an Associate Dean of Health Sciences. She is a former President of Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities, co-founder of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, organizer of the Ontario Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, and co-founder of Seniors For Social Action Ontario.
“Working with Families, Second Edition is an incredible teaching and learning tool for health providers and all of us alike. The author seeks the potential in all of us to engage … in mutually beneficial experiences that will foster a social connectedness, that reflects demographic trends and intergenerational practice. A must publication for all to read and appreciate the diverseness of our rich country.”
—The Honourable Marvin Zuker, Associate Professor, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
“Dr. Spindel has created a text that is strengths-based and resiliency-focused, while also addressing the intersections of oppression that diverse Canadian families face. Working with Families, Second Edition brings contemporary and family systems concepts to life with relevant and practical activities, case examples, and questions.”
—Cindy Rammage, Associate Professor, Child and Youth Care, University of the Fraser Valley
Adopt the second edition of Working with Families, and you will benefit from supplementary materials including PowerPoint slides and an Instructor’s Manual containing suggested activities, suggested assignments, and additional resources for every chapter.
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