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Social Work Practice with Families

A Resiliency-Based Approach

Third Edition

Mary Patricia Van Hook

Publication Date - 18 April 2019

ISBN: 9780190933555

456 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock


Social Work Practice with Families uses resiliency-a strength-based perspective-to frame a collaborative approach to assessment and treatment with families. In so doing, the text aims to help practitioners select a therapeutic model that effectively assists in addressing risk factors and promoting important resources. The book provides clear examples of the elements in a strength-affirming assessment and engagement process, discusses resiliency in terms of families belonging to various cultural groups and family structures, and identifies resiliency issues and implications for practice with families facing major problems. Including current evaluation research from the United States, Canada, and around the globe, the text serves as a helpful resource to undergraduate and graduate social work students and practitioners.

New to this Edition

  • Offers clear linkages between assessment, selection, and implementation of treatment models
  • Describes specific programs addressing populations and problems
  • Includes case illustrations covering assessment and treatment approaches
  • Features empirical data on effectiveness of treatment strategies
  • Utilizes a global perspective


  • Presents clear, practice-focused discussions of contemporary treatment models

About the Author(s)

Mary Patricia Van Hook, PhD, MSW, is Professor Emerita of Social Work at the University of Central Florida. She has extensive experience teaching family counseling courses and working with families facing a variety of circumstances. Dr. Van Hook has written and presented in the areas of families, rural mental health, spirituality, women's issues, and resiliency.

Table of Contents

    About the Author

    Part I. Introduction to Resiliency-Based Practice
    Chapter 1. The Nature and Sources of Resiliency
    Chapter 2. Setting the Stage for Work with Families: Development of the Therapeutic Alliance
    Chapter 3. Assessment of Families
    Chapter 4. Cultural Issues, Family Structure, and Resiliency

    Part II. Approaches to Social Work Practice with Families: "Introduction to Family Therapy Models"
    Chapter 5. Social Learning/Cognitive Family Therapy Models
    Chapter 6. Psychoeducational Family Counseling
    Chapter 7. Structural Family Therapy
    Chapter 8. Solution-Focused Family Therapy
    Chapter 9. Narrative Family Therapy
    Chapter 10. Multisystems Family Therapy
    Chapter 11. Bowen Family Systems Therapy
    Chapter 12. Object Relations Family Therapy
    Chapter 13. Spirituality

    Part III. Resiliency-Based Practice Framework Applications
    Chapter 14. Families Coping with Difficult Life Circumstances
    Chapter 15. Conclusion

    Appendix. Family Preservation Models

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