This wide-ranging collection of essays explores how social work theories are applied to practice in Australia and New Zealand and offers insights into the cultural issues involved in social work. The authors discuss the challenges faced by indigenous populations and ethnic minority groups and how they can gain control over their situations, and offer valuable guidance on cross-cultural work.
The authors present the key principles of four theoretical approaches frequently used in social work - ecological systems, community development, strengths-based approaches and attachment theories. They explain how each of these can be applied in a wide range of contexts, including mental health care, trauma counselling and child protection. Drawing on the experience of community development work with Maori and Tongan populations, they suggest how these approaches can also be used in work with migrants and refugees.
Social Work Theories in Action emphasizes the importance of drawing on the strengths of families, individuals and communities, and will inspire practitioners to incorporate a variety of theoretical approaches into their work. This text is essential reading for social workers, mental health professionals and social work students.
Uniting attachment-focused therapy and neurobiology to help distrustful and traumatized children revive a sense of trust and connection. How can therapists and caregivers help maltreated children recover what they were born with: the potential to experience the safety, comfort, and joy of having trustworthy, loving adults in their lives? This groundbreaking book explores, for the first time, how the attachment-focused family therapy model can respond to this question at a neural level. It is a rich, accessible investigation of the brain science of early childhood and developmental trauma. Each chapter offers... More info
When coping with serious illness, invasive medical procedures, drug treatments, and, in some cases, terminal illness, art expression is a powerful method for dealing with physical changes, emotional trauma, interpersonal problems and spiritual dilemmas. It can also help relieve the stress of the hospital experience, which many patients find frightening and isolating, separating them from the comforts of home, family and friends. This resource comprises a collection of accessible, flexible, tried-and-tested activities for use with people in a range of care settings, to help them explore their knowledge of themselves and... More info
Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) uses a skill-building, multi-family group framework to teach constructive resources to families who have a high exposure to stress and trauma. As an intervention for high-risk families, SFCR can cause a reduction in symptoms of traumatic distress and behavior problems and help families demonstrate higher functioning. The SFCR manual is based on a systemic, family approach and uses empirically-supported trauma treatment that focuses on family ritual, storytelling, and narration, which improves communication and understanding within family members. The manual is organized into three accessible parts: ... More info