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Sharing Power, Building Hope, Creating Change
This comprehensive book describes the distinctive style of human service delivery known as ‘strengths-based’ practice. Pivotal to this approach is equal partnership and respect between people, or ‘power-with’. Also fundamental is the belief that everyone has strengths and that mobilising and sharing strengths is the key to building hope and creating positive change.
Author, Wayne McCashen, has provided training and consultancy services in the strengths approach to hundreds of organisations. In a remarkably clear and synthesised articulation, this book gathers together the principles, beliefs, skills, tools and frameworks that help create effective, socially-just ways of working with people. Since its first publication in 2005, this book has gained an international reputation. It is as an essential text in many university courses and is sourced by government departments, schools, and organisations adopting strengths approach frameworks and policy as best practice.
This revised and expanded second edition contains substantial new material throughout including practice stories, reflective exercises, expanded discussion of strengths, social inclusion, strengths-based questions, supervision, client-owned recording and much more. The new edition will put ‘parallel practice’ squarely on the strengths agenda, challenging organisations to embed strengths-based, power-with practices at every level of their operations.
Fathers of disabled children can feel overlooked when the focus of much parenting support is aimed at mothers. Different Dads is a collection of personal testimonies written by fathers of children with a disability who reflect on their own experiences and offer advice to other fathers and families on the challenges of raising a child with a disability. The fathers featured represent a broad spectrum of experiences. Contributors are drawn from a wide range of cultures; some are single fathers, others are married adoptive fathers. What they all have... More info
Talking To My Mum is an activity pack for 5-8-year-olds whose families have experienced domestic abuse to help and encourage them to open up to their mothers about their distressing experiences. Based on the authors' work with families who have experienced domestic abuse, the book is full of illustrated worksheets featuring animal characters who encourage the young reader to explore a range of memories, such as changes in the family's living arrangements or happy memories with siblings or favourite toys that each prompt a particular emotion. These activities are accompanied... More info
Anxiety is the root cause of many of the difficulties experienced by people on the autism spectrum, and is often caused by things such as a change in routine or sensory overload. Deborah Lipsky takes a practical look at what happens when things spiral out of control, exploring what leads to meltdowns and tantrums, and what can be done to help. Drawing on her own extensive personal experience and using real-life examples to explain how autistic people think, the author distinguishes between meltdowns and tantrums, showing how they are different,... More info