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Working with Substance-Affected Parents and their Children - A Guide For Human Service Workers

A practical guide for human service workers to overcome common problems in working with substance-affected families.

Working with families in which parents have problems with alcohol or other drugs can be complex, stressful and intense. This ground-breaking guide helps human service workers to better support parents struggling to overcome substance use problems. It draws together the perspectives of professionals from alcohol and other drug treatment centres, child and family welfare groups as well as leading researchers in the fields of addiction and child protection, and also provides practical strategies for understanding and overcoming common practice challenges.

In this book you will find guidelines for: developing positive relationships with parents and children; identifying what you need to know when undertaking an assessment; ensuring the safety of families; improving family life; assisting parents when children are in care; and focusing on your own self-care and professional development.

This is an essential resource for both students and professionals working in this challenging field.


  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • About the authors
  • Introduction
  • 1. Understanding families with alcohol and other drug problems
  • 2. Conceptualising needs and professional responses
  • 3. Connecting with parents
  • 4. Connecting with children
  • 5. Identifying what you need to know
  • 6. Keeping children and families safe
  • 7. Improving family life from the inside
  • 8. Enhancing informal and formal family support
  • 9. Supporting families when children are in care
  • 10. Self-care and professional development
  • Chart: Key messages for practice
  • Glossary of terms
  • References
  • Useful websites and resources
  • Index

Author Bio:

DR Menka Tsantefski is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University, specialising in child and family-related subjects.

DR Stefan Gruenert is a registered psychologist and CEO of Odyssey House, Victoria.

DR Lynda Campbell has over forty years' experience in the child and family welfare sector including twenty years as a lecturer in Social Work at the University of Melbourne.


“The optimism, wisdom and insight collated in this work... makes this required reading for all of those whose working lives coincide with substance-using parents or their children.” - Professor David Best, Chair, Sheffield Addiction Recovery Research Group; founder and co-chair of Recovery Academy Australia


Working with Substance-Affected Parents and their Children - A Guide For Human Service Workers

Author: Menka Tsantefski, Stefan Gruen

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