Collaborative Family Work: A Practical Guide to Working with Families in the Human Services

Collaborative Family Work: A Practical Guide to Working with Families in the Human Services

Collaborative Family Work: A Practical Guide to Working with Families in the Human Services

Collaborative Family Work: A Practical Guide to Working with Families in the Human Services

Synopsis

Life can be a struggle for some families and support from skilled human service workers can make a real difference. Collaborative Family Work offers practical strategies for working with families, always emphasising the importance of collaboration in assisting them in developing strategies to learn new skills and improve their lives. Chris Trotter explains how to identify strengths, assist in setting goals, articulate plans for change, and develop methods of ongoing evaluation. He offers a systematic overview of family work models and theories, from long-term therapeutic and narrative approaches to short-term solution-focused and mediation models. His evidence-based model draws on extensive field research and observation with experienced professionals. Collaborative Family Work is a valuable reference for professionals seeking to enhance their professional skills, and an essential text for students in the human services.

Excerpt

Sylvia works as a youth justice worker. She supervises
young people who are placed on probation. Steve is 14
years old, and is one of her clients. He is on probation
for stealing cars. He also has a problem with sniffing
glue. Sylvia has worked with Steve for three months
since he was placed on probation and has come to know
him well. He has a long history of stealing cars and is due
to return to court next week to face charges for another
offence. He has a very poor record of school attendance
and is pretty much illiterate. He has no real friends and
most of his acquaintances are also school truants.

He lives with his father, Mario, his father’s partner,
Maria, and her two children, Emily, 14, and Jane, 11.
Steve’s mother died when he was 4 years old. He likes
his father’s partner but feels that she favours her own
two children. Steve and his father don’t get on well.
They rarely talk to each other and Steve feels that his

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