Strengthening Family Resilience

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Guilford Publications, Sep 25, 1998 - Psychology - 338 pages
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How do some families successfully weather crisis situations and adversity, while others weaken or even break apart? Focusing on what we can learn from resilient individuals and well-functioning families, this book provides clinicians with a framework for preventive and interventive work with families that are distressed or at risk. Froma Walsh draws on current research and extensive clinical experience to identify the key processes that buffer families in times of stress, including belief systems, family structure, and communication patterns. Readers learn strength- promoting, collaborative strategies for helping families deal with divorce, death, and other losses; multicrisis situations; and persistent challenges such as illness and poverty.

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Froma Walsh, PhD, is Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She is also the founding Codirector of the University-based Center for Family Health and its affiliated family therapy training institute, the Chicago Center for Family Health. She is the Editor of the Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), recipient of AFTA's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Her edited or coedited publications include Normal Family Processes, Second Edition; Women in Families; Living Beyond Loss; and a forthcoming book on spirituality and family therapy.

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