Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment for Community Mental Health Promotion

Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment for Community Mental Health Promotion

Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment for Community Mental Health Promotion

Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment for Community Mental Health Promotion

Synopsis

This book serves as a training manual for mental health professionals and other community members who desire a practical "handbook" to guide their work with adult children from dysfunctional families in both individual and group counseling. An approach to the resolution of trauma is offered, along with prevention and intervention techniques for use with children and adolescents from dysfunctional families in school and other community-based settings. Group psychoeducation is highlighted as a tool for the delivery of curricula, covering diverse topics such as how to engage in healthy parenting behavior, how the stress of immigration/migration contributes to the creation of dysfunctional families, how to attain cultural sensitivity, as well as how to prevent or stop violent behavior. Always practical, Dr. Wallace provides a timely and comprehensive guide for community mental health promotion at a time when multiple, overlapping epidemics undermine family functioning.

Excerpt

Clinical work with crack cocaine-dependent clients at a time of the overlapping epidemics of violence, Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), and various chemical dependencies exposed me to adult children of dysfunctional families who had survived childhood, adolescent, and adult trauma. The concept of a book on adult children from dysfunctional families who needed a practical approach to resolving their trauma followed from this work. However, the reality that their children vitally need prevention, intervention, and treatment as well could not be escaped. This book utilizes a war metaphor to describe our contemporary societal conditions as the backdrop for service delivery to young children, adolescents, and adults from dysfunctional families. Part I of this book provides introduction, background, and basic training materials in Chapters 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

Chapter 1 presents a broad introduction to the problem of young children, adolescents, and adults from dysfunctional families needing forms of prevention, intervention, and treatment in a variety of school and community‐ based settings at this time of overlapping epidemics. As this first chapter suggests, it is time to reckon with past societal failure to meet the needs of at‐ risk children and youth. The three central theses of the book are introduced and community mental health promotion is discussed as representing convergence of the fields of clinical psychology, chemical dependency, and health education. The objectives of the book are spelled out, underscoring how psychoeducational and therapeutic groups can be deployed as the primary tools in promoting community mental health in short-term work emphasizing brief interventions.

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