Academic journal article Childhood Education

Collaborative Helping: A Practice Framework for Family-Centered Services

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Collaborative Helping: A Practice Framework for Family-Centered Services

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COLLABORATIVE HELPING: A Practice Framework for Family-Centered Services. Madsen, W., 2009, Family Process, 48(10), 103-116. This article introduces "collaborative inquiry as an organizing metaphor for clinical practice and offers a five-step practice framework with clinical illustrations and sample questions" (p. 103). This "collaborative inquiry" model has been developed in response to a need to be more helpful and responsive to families. Because the vast majority of clients have untapped reserves, this partnership between professionals and families strives to bring forth and use those capabilities. Madsen considers this effort of collaborative inquiry to be influenced by the work of David Epston's framework of "therapy as coresearch" (p. 104), describing a joint process between therapist and client to identify knowledge bases through therapeutic conversations. Thus, "collaborative inquiry" can empower clients to find directions that will be helpful and workable for them. And, as Madsen says, professionals must be sensitive, as in any therapeutic relationship, to the power differential and not impose anything upon the client. …

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