Academic journal article Family Relations

Book Reviews -- Strengthening High-Risk Families: A Handbook for Practitioners by Lisa Kaplan and Judith L. Girard

Academic journal article Family Relations

Book Reviews -- Strengthening High-Risk Families: A Handbook for Practitioners by Lisa Kaplan and Judith L. Girard

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Kaplan, Lisa, and Girard, Judith L. (1994). Strengthening High-Risk Families: A Handbook for Practioners. New York: Lexington Books. 166 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-02-916915-1, price $35.00.

This book provides guidance to readers who may want to become a part of the revolution in social services--home-based family treatment. Family life educators and family therapists seem to be missing out on an important avenue for their services because of a lack of familiarity with home-based programs. This book does a good job of introducing readers to the fundamentals of home-based service delivery.

Kaplan and Girard provide an overview of the history of the family preservation movement, its goals, and key issues. Characteristics of high-risk families are reviewed and traditional treatment by the social service system is discussed. A framework for beginning home-based family work is presented. Emphasis is placed on assessing family needs in partnership with the family, reframing needs, and successfully negotiating first encounters. A variety of treatment strategies are very briefly sketched. Strategies to assist family support workers in becoming more sensitive to diversity are presented. Finally, issues such as staff qualifications, supervision, training, and ways to prevent burnout are considered.

The brevity of the book is both a strength and a weakness. A strength of the book is that it presents a brief, clear, readable introduction to the field. …

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