Strengthening Family Resilience, Third Edition

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-12-28
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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In this widely used course text and practitioner resource, Froma Walsh provides a state-of-the-art framework for understanding resilience in families and how to foster it. Illuminating the complex interplay of biopsychosocial influences in risk and resilience, she identifies key transactional processes that enable struggling families to grow stronger and more resourceful. Case illustrations demonstrate Walsh's collaborative approach with diverse families facing a wide range of crisis situations and chronic multistress challenges. The book features practice principles, tools, and guidelines, as well as programmatic applications.

New to This Edition
*Incorporates the latest practice advances and resilience research.
*Chapter on assessment tools and strategies.
*Chapter on disruptive transitions across the family life cycle.
*Expanded coverage of war-related and collective trauma.

Author Biography

Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the University-affiliated Chicago Center for Family Health. Dr. Walsh is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy and past editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She has received many honors for her distinguished contributions and leadership in the mental health field, including awards from the Society for Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and the Society for Pastoral Care Research. Among her numerous publications are the edited books Normal Family Processes, Fourth Edition, and Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy, Second Edition. Dr. Walsh is a frequent speaker and international consultant.

Table of Contents

I. Overview
1. Foundations of a Family Resilience Approach
2. Family Diversity and Complexity in a Changing World: Varied Challenges and Pathways in Resilience
II. Key Family Processes in Resilience
3. Belief Systems: The Heart and Soul of Resilience 
4. Organizational Processes: Relational and Structural Supports
5. Communication Processes: Facilitating Meaning Making, Mutual Support, and Problem Solving
III. Practice Applications
6. Assessing Family Resilience: Useful Maps for Practice and Research
7. Practice Principles and Guidelines to Strengthen Family Resilience
8. Applying a Family Resilience Framework in Community-Based Services
IV. Facilitating Family Resilience through Crisis, Transition, and Persistent Challenges
9. Challenges and Resilience over the Family Life Cycle: A Developmental Systems Perspective 
10. Loss, Recovery, and Resilience
11. Traumatic Loss and Collective Trauma: Strengthening Family and Community Resilience
12. Serious Illness and Disabilities: Family Challenges and Resilience
13. Nurturing Resilience in Vulnerable, Multi-Stressed Families
14. Reconnection and Reconciliation: Healing Relational Wounds
Appendix I. Walsh Family Resilience Questionnaire
Appendix II. Developing Resilience-Based Genograms: Outline and Sample Questions
Appendix III. Exploring the Spiritual Dimension in Family Life: Sources of Distress and Resources for Well-Being, Healing, and Resilience

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