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1st Edition

A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families

ISBN 9780789024879
Published July 29, 2004 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

Use this newly developed family-oriented approach to be a better youth worker!

In A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families, practitioners and trainers in a new child methodology show you how to expand your youth program to involve family work using the Child and Youth Care Approach. This book provides a new way of looking at work with families in which the helpers are involved in the daily life of the families they are supporting. This book will be valuable to practitioners and instructors of the Child and Youth Care Approach as well as to youth workers, foster parents, and social workers who want to develop their own knowledge and skills in working with families.

A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families is designed to help youth care workers engage in a working relationship with young people and families that can facilitate change and allow families to live together more effectively with less stress. This book emphasizes that the family be involved in the care and treatment of young people. The authors reveal methods for connecting with each family by reflecting their rules, roles, culture, rhythm, timing, and style.

This book will help you:

  • develop your proficiency with the Child and Youth Care Approach to working with families
  • shift from working in residential-only programs to in-home family prevention
  • create as many moments of connection as possible among family members
  • learn what boundaries need to be maintained to gain credibility with families
  • provide effective supervision for staff working with families
  • create activity-oriented family-focused work to develop family relationships
  • and more!
The authors of A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families offer unique insight into the successes and failures of those who have moved into this area of helping troubled youths and adolescents. Special features of this book include specific learning exercises and short stories and case scenarios for you to practice alone or with your colleagues, as well as tables and figures. This book will introduce students, practitioners, and programs directors fully to this latest development in the field and help them engage more effectively with families.

All royalties from this book will go to support CYC-Net (www.cyc-net.org).

Table of Contents

  • Foreword (Leon Fulcher)
  • Preface (Douglas Magnuson)
  • Introduction (Thom Garfat)
  • Working with Families: Developing a Child and Youth Care Approach (Thom Garfat)
  • From Front Line to Family Home: A Youth Care Approach to Working with Families (Kelly Shaw and Thom Garfat)
  • Interactive Youth and Family Work (Mark Krueger)
  • Child and Youth Care Family Support Work (Jack Phelan)
  • My Place or Yours? Inviting the Family into Child and Youth Care Practice (Gerry Fewster)
  • Guidelines in Child and Youth Care Family Work: A Case Story (Grant Charles and Holly Charles)
  • Knowing: The Critical Error of Ethics in Family Work (Frances Ricks and Gerrard Bellefeuille)
  • Activity-Oriented Family-Focused Child and Youth Work in Group Care: Integrating Streams of Thought into a River of Progress (Karen VanderVen)
  • What About the Dads? Issues and Possibilities of Working with Men from a Child and Youth Care Perspective (Mark Smith)
  • The Development of a Parent Support Group as a Means of Initiating Family Involvement in a Residential Program (Heather Modlin)
  • Finding Identity in Family Work: Community Child Care-Workers in Ireland (Niall C. McElwee)
  • Moving to Youth Care Family Work in Residential Programs: A Supervisor’s Perspective on Making the Transition (Mark Hill and Thom Garfat)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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