Detailing a wide variety of situations, chapters cover cases involving children who are emotionally and behaviorally disturbed, children with psychiatric disorders, abusive parents, and parents with substance abuse problems. Where family preservation is not possible, chapter authors discuss new strategies to keep families involved in the treatment process.
Laying the groundwork for a comprehensive family-centered system of care, chapters describe a broad range of innovative approaches including programs that:
* Utilize the community "families" of inner city youth
* Involve families in their own evaluation and planning
* Advocate changing school counselors to school-based family
* Have foster parents collaborate with biological parents.
Each program is fully detailed to include a complete description, a discussion of the value of this approach, and at least one actual example to illustrate how it works.
Taken together, the programs described in this book represent a significant shift in focus for mental health professionals working with children. Further illuminating the key role played by family connection in child health, CHILDREN IN FAMILIES AT RISK is essential reading for all practitioners who work with children and families. Written in an accessible style, it serves as a teaching text for advanced courses in family therapy and child psychotherapy. The book will also provide valuable insights for school professionals, child welfare workers, policy makers, teachers, and attorneys and family court judges.
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