Working Therapeutically with Families

Creative Activities for Diverse Family Structures

This resource provides a wealth of activities to use in therapeutic work with families, tailored to meet the particular needs of different types of family.

Chapters are organized by family type, and include divorced families, families with an incarcerated parent, grandparent-led families, families with substance abuse issues, and families in grief. Each chapter includes a host of therapeutic activities that are appropriate, and most effective, with each family type. Chapters also include a discussion of the context, the strengths and weaknesses of each family type, the challenges they face, and best practices for effective intervention. Clear instructions and follow up discussion questions are included.

This will be an essential guide for all those working with families, including counsellors, family therapists, social workers and psychologists.

$32.95
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Press reviews for: Working Therapeutically with Families

Jenny Harvey, family therapist and author of Dramatherapy and Family Therapy in Education

This very accessible book provides a myriad of examples of specific activities that can be utilized when working therapeutically with families. Even 'seasoned' practitioners will find the descriptions of 'at risk families' and the appropriately linked intervention extremely helpful.

Jeff Harlin, Director of Children's Services, Oklahoma, USA

Working Therapeutically with Families is a very valuable tool that therapists can use when working with families. It is filled with practical activities and games that are enjoyable and enlightening for the whole family. This is a great book that every therapist should have in their tool box.

Josh Cantwell, Adult Services Administrator, Oklahoma, USA

The benefit of addressing multiple family types and helping families realize that they are not alone cannot be overstated. This a tool that can empower therapists to provide effective family therapy with confidence.

BACP Children & Young People

This book is written by practitioners for practitioners... Ten photocopiable appendices support some of the therapeutic activities detailed in the book and there is a subject index... Anyone from parents and young people through to teachers and therapists could read portions of the book and find something useful... The book's strength is its readability and its repetition of layout, which makes it easy to use when finding subjects, resources or information within it. I particularly like the evidence-based theory and practices covered in the book... I would recommend this book to anyone working with children, and in particular to counsellors and therapists.

Fiona Corless, OT

Children, Young People & Families Occupational Therapy Journal

The authors are both qualified social workers... it is a book designed to use a range of activities in a therapeutic manner with children, young people and families, which you could argue fits nicely with an occupational therapy approach to practice... due to its activity focus, I feel this book fits nicely with an occupational therapy approach and would be a valuable tool for practitioners working therapeutically with families or looking to expand on this area of their practice.

Helen Bonnick, Practice Educator in East London, and blogger about children's violence to parents

Professional Social Work

This is a book that does what it says on the tin... it is a comprehensive and valuable resource for both the beginning practitioner and those looking to develop their practice further in this area.

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