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.

Families and Work: Applications and Tools for Practice

Families and work: Applications and tools for practice

Case Description

Figures 5.1 and 5.2 provide a genogram and ecomap for the Smith family in 1993; a time line is shown in Figure 3.6 in Chapter 3. Peter (age 24) and Jane (age 23), parents of Kevin (age 3) and Susan (age 1), have been referred to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) worker, Marvin, by Peter's union representative. Officials at the auto plant where Peter has worked for the past 5 years have announced that it will be closing in 6 months. Peter's friends at work noticed that following the announcement, Peter several times came to work drunk. Jane, who works part-time at the union hall while her mother watches ...

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