Reaching Out in Family Therapy: Home-Based, School, and Community Interventions

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Guilford Press, Mar 23, 2012 - Psychology - 244 pages
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This volume provides the skills practitioners need to conduct family therapy sessions in the home, school, and community. The authors demonstrate how meetings outside of the traditional office setting can enable therapists to intervene actively in the various systems that affect clients' lives. This multisystems approach can be particularly useful when working with poor and ethnic minority families, whose support networks may include extended family, school personnel, and members of the "church family." Practitioners learn how to utilize out-of-office sessions to meet the people who are influential in clients' lives; observe the life realities of children, adolescents, and parents; and identify resources that can be mobilized to produce change. Detailed strategies are presented to help families navigate the overlapping demands of multiple agencies and institutions and to manage and prevent such problems as substance abuse, school drop-out, and child abuse. Throughout, therapeutic and ethical guidelines are illustrated by extensive clinical case material. The book is ideal for those already doing home-based work, as well as those who would like to incorporate it into their practice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Cultural Racial and Socioeconomic Issues
A Framework for HomeBased Family Treatment
Multigenerational Patterns in Families in Crisis
Working with Children and Their Families
Working with Adolescents and Their Families
Working with Schools and Preschools
Community Interventions
A Multisystems Case Example
Research Evidence for HomeBased School and Community
Supervision and Training
References
Author Index
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Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, is Distinguished Professor (Professor II) in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has received awards for her outstanding contributions from many professional organizations, including the American Family Therapy Academy, the Association of Black Psychologists, the American Psychological Association (Divisions 45 and 43), the Association of Black Social Workers, and the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Boyd-Franklin is the author of Black Families in Therapy, Second Edition, and coauthor of Therapy in the Real World, among numerous other publications.

Brenna Hafer Bry, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and has over 25 years of experience in home-based family, school, and community interventions and research. Dr. Bry has devoted her career to identifying at-risk youth and developing and evaluating early intervention programs for them and their families. One of her original school-based interventions recently was renamed the Behavioral Monitoring and Reinforcement Program and designated an “effective strategy” by the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Drug Free Schools Program.

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