Families, Carers and Professionals : Building Constructive Conversations

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-05-07
  • Publisher: WILEY

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The lack of practical information available to the families of vulnerable individuals - and sometimes a similar lack of resources for the professionals who deal with them - can lead to frustration and in some cases tragedy. In this practical guide for anyone involved in caring for patients with challenging behaviour, Grfinne Smith (author of the bestselling Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family) champions the importance of teamwork so that carers, both formal and informal, can learn to collaborate in treatment approaches with professionals. Drawing on anonymous case studies as well as recent research and experience, this unique book provides an array of practical tools and templates to aid the development of consistent, effective all-round care for vulnerable individuals.

Author Biography

Grainne Smith is a former Head Teacher, based in North East Scotland. When her daughter developed anorexia and bulimia nervosa, Grainne became her main carer, and wrote Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family (published by Wiley in 2004) about her experiences to help other carers. Since then she has spoken about the role of carers and families at a number of professional conferences, and has collaborated with academics and practitioners on various eating disorders initiatives, including preparing a CD-ROM for use by professionals and families.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Families are fascinatingp. 5
Families copingp. 17
Back to basicsp. 39
Consequencesp. 47
Friends and familyp. 65
Lies, manipulation and control freakeryp. 77
Difficult scenes and destructive relationshipsp. 85
Resources: creating 24-hour best carep. 93
Professionals and carers: pressures, problems and pleasuresp. 105
Confidentiality: a thorny issuep. 117
More assumptions, perceptions and interpretationsp. 125
Constructive professional-carer conversationsp. 133
Challenging the behaviourp. 159
Communications in difficult days (decades?)p. 177
Active help for carersp. 203
Put on your own mask firstp. 219
Final wordsp. 231
Appendixp. 233
References and bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 249
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