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1st Edition

Therapeutic Intervention with Poor, Unorganized Families
From Distress to Hope

ISBN 9780789002839
Published November 18, 1999 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Therapeutic Intervention with Poor, Unorganized Families: From Distress to Hope offers you integrated theories, practice, and research to provide you with the tools to be more effective when dealing with families in crisis.

Therapeutic Intervention with Poor, Unorganized Families explores the decline of families into extreme distress and helps you to determine the best intervention for that particular family, as no one single method can be prescribed for all families. Therapists as well as clients favor the joint-goal intervention you will discover through this book, which is carried out mostly in the family home where the therapist can delegate authority as a means of strengthening and preserving the family. Through Therapeutic Intervention with Poor, Unorganized Families, you will receive a plethora of ideas which consist of multiple intervention techniques and alternatives for intervention, including:

  • learning to organize institutions in the community to participate in getting families in extreme distress out of their long and perpetual predicament
  • teaching you how cooperation between various government organizations, public and private, can be solicited for the welfare of these families
  • offering you an anthro-psycho-social model of intervention that you will find effective in your own practice
  • examining case studies so you can see how the new model works in real-life settings

    Therapeutic Intervention with Poor, Unorganized Families is unique because not only does it offer you help with supervision and training aspects, but because it also ends with a qualitative and quantitative research evaluation of this new model. Comprehensive and thorough, this book deals with the difficulties that may arise to interfere with the effectiveness of the intervention so you can learn from it and prevent further crisis. Therapeutic Intervention with Poor, Unorganized Families is a must for anyone working with families in crisis.

Table of Contents


  • Senior Editor’s Comments
  • Foreword (Dr. William J. Reid)
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Introduction to the Problem
  • Chapter 1. The Distress: A Social Problem of Families in Extreme Distress, Multi-Problem Families
  • Historical Review: From Multiproblem Families to Families in Extreme Distress (FED)
  • Chapter 2. The Hope: Interventions with Families in Extreme Distress
  • Historical Review: Intervention with Multiple-Problem Families
  • Approaches, Techniques, and Principles
  •  Part II: From Theory to Practice: An Overview of the Model
  • Chapter 3. The Fear of Working with FED: Overcoming the Coalition of Despair
  • The Coalition of Despair
  • Overcoming the Coalition of Despair
  • Part III: Assessment of FED
  •  Chapter 4. Developing a Model for Working with FED
  • From FED Description to FED Scale: A Clinical Assessment
  • The Families in Extreme Distress Scale
  • Part IV: Intervention Techniques
  • Chapter 5. Developing a Tool Box and Creating the Therapeutic Context
  • Preparatory and goal-Oriented Techniques
  • Preparatory Techniques
  • Chapter 6. Expanding the Tool Box: Using Goal Oriented Techniques
  • Empowering Techniques
  • Enhancing Communication Skills
  • Using the Therapeutic Team
  • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Beyond the Therapy Room
  • Multiprofessional Teamwork
  • Stages in Multiprofessional Team Development
  • Multiprofessional Teamwork Intervention in the Case of FED
  • Chapter 8. The L. Family--A Case Study
  • The L.s As a Couple and As Parents
  • The L. Family Children
  • Therapy Sessions
  • Summary of the Therapeutic Intervention
  • Chapter 9. Supervision in the Context of Therapy with Families in Extreme Distress
  • Coping with the Coalition of Despair Before and During the Therapeutic Process
  • Coping with the Anger of FED Toward Society That Is Directed at the Therapist or Social Worker As Representatives of Society
  • Coping with a Family’s Overwhelmed Condition
  • Developing a Systematic View Rather Than an Individual Perspective Focused on the Wife/Mother
  • Relating to the Entire Team
  • Techniques in Supervision
  • Part V: The Research Project: Process and Evaluation
  • Chapter 10. Developing a Project for Working with Families in Extreme Distress
  • The Pilot FED Project
  • The FED Project
  • Method and Procedure
  • Chapter 11. Pre- and Post-Project Measurements and Evaluation
  • The Study Population
  • The Quantitative Analysis
  • The Subjective Evaluation
  • Summary
  • Part VI: Future Perspectives
  • Chapter 12. Considerations and Attempts for Hope
  • Intervention
  • Perspective of Intervention
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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