How do economic stresses on the family, such as dual-earner parents, unemployment, and poverty, affect the human service professional's assessment of the families he or she serves? The field of family sociology is now providing a wealth of empirical, relevant knowledge on the impact of macroeconomic issues on the families most frequently helped by social workers. New Approaches to Family Practice takes current research driven by the family systems theoretical framework and applies it to human services direct practice with families in three specific areas: employed-work and family-work, unemployment, and poverty. To illustrate the linkages from research to practice, the book presents chapters on the theory and research in each of the three target areas, each followed by a chapter on application and tools for direct practice in that area. Individual chapters include case studies, assessment tools, multilevel interventions and evaluations, and strategies for social change. In addition to being a rich resource for the human services professional who works with families, this book is ideal for courses in social work with the family, social work and human services, family studies, and clinical/counseling psychology.

Family Systems in Context: Applications and Tools for Practice

Family systems in context: Applications and tools for practice

Focusing primarily on tools for understanding and working for changes within the family social system, this chapter provides an overview of practice tools and methods for systemic work with families. Chapters 5, 7, and 9 more specifically describe methods and tools for work with families in which changes at larger social systems levels are necessary for social work practice to be effective.

In this chapter, I first address some unique features of systemic family practice. Next, specific tools for work with families as social systems are delineated. Because systemic practice focuses on relationships between two or more family members as well as relationships outside the family, the importance of ...

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