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Counselling for Family Problems

Counselling for Family Problems

  • Eddy Street - Llandough Hospital and Community NHS Trust, Penarth, Wales

April 1994 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the course of their daily practice, counsellors in a wide variety of caring agencies often need to assist families in dealing with the problems they face. Eddy Street defines successful family counselling as a combination of a number of elements. He argues that it should: be in keeping with a family's strengths and style; offer empathic listening to each family member; maintain a perspective of the changing nature of family life; focus on clear and open communication; and deal in a problem-solving manner with the task in hand.

He takes the reader step-by-step through these elements, outlining the necessary skills, and provides a clear understanding of the processes families have to go through in order to deal with the tasks that are set for them.

Systems and Development
The Context for Understanding Family Problems

Families in Operation
The Change Process in Family Counselling
Meeting the Family
Considering the Current Problem
Using Counselling Skills to Encourage Change
Problem Solving Strategies
Continuing and Closing
Back to `One'

`An admirably clear introduction to a large and complex topic.... this book will prove invaluable to the widest range of health and social welfare professionals... An outstanding feature is the warmth with which the author approaches his subject. The concern and respect which are the cornerstone of the professional relationship permeate the text. The tone of this book is lively, it is clearly written and very readable. I would recommend it to anyone who works with families' - Changes

`There are many books available on counselling families and this is one of the best... It is crammed full of important information and fascinating examples. I recommend it' - The Therapist

`A thought-provoking systemic paradigm of family counselling, primarily for counsellors-in-training in systemic work with families and experienced practitioners seeking some "refreshment"... Eddy Street displays a style of thinking and writing which highlights the kaleidoscopic patterns of family relationships. The results for the reader can be an ever-developing appreciation of systemic work and counselling skills within that frame' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`A book I would recommend beginner and experienced counsellors or counselling psychologists to read and purchase' - British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Review

`Street offers remarkably concise coverage of the rapidly growing body of literature on family systems therapy... the text is enlivened by case vignettes illustrating therapeutic techniques. Counsellor goals and techniques at different stages of the work are nicely summarized in tables and boxes. There is a valuable diagram on the Family Life Cycle. Among the many insights are comments on the range of expectations families entertain of counsellors, and the implications of these for the counsellor's efforts. Family counsellors working in institutional settings will enjoy the analysis of referrer motivations, as well as the advice on how to manage ill-prepared or inappropriate referrals. I warmly recommend this book as an enriching introduction to family systems thinking and therapy' - Communications Newsletter

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