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Empowerment Practice with Families in Distress

From the Introduction:

All families go through times of harmony and times of distress. They have different ways of making sense of those experiences and of coping with them. For helping professionals, the first meeting with families in need often occurs at the time of greatest crisis and confusion. It is less evident that this is also a time of strength, coping, and resilience.

The well-being of families cannot occur and be sustained over time if the context within which families live is not also one of support and well-being. Ecology and systems, two pillars of the theory base for the work of this book, help structure the purpose of promoting responses between people and their environments that are mutually supportive for human growth.

The theoretical perspectives and practice choices shaping the structure of the book were all selected using one criterion. They had to be known to work -- that is, they had to have been empirically derived from observation and experience and to have been seen as effective by the family members themselves... to resolve complex, often deemed hopeless, situations faced by families most frequently seen by social workers today.

This book can be used effectively at the undergraduate or graduate level. It is also a helpful reference in any practice setting where families are served. One of its greatest strengths is its commitment to serving the well-being of all families, a commitment that makes it a valuable tool for students, researchers, and practitioners alike.