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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Supporting Families

ISBN 9781137306449
Publication Date July 2016
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Practical Social Work Series

From time to time all families face predicaments, and use their own resources to overcome them. However, sometimes these resources are insufficient, or the difficulties faced completely overwhelming; in these instances, outside help is required to prevent the situation from deteriorating. This important text argues for an inclusive, interpersonal approach to helping families: one that takes the focus away from the individual and towards a collaborative method of support, involving each member of the family as well as other professionals working with them.

Through the use of richly detailed practice examples and case studies, this comprehensive book clearly and succinctly examines the knowledge, skills and attitude that social workers require in order to engage with and help families experiencing strain in a multitude of different situations. Taking a strongly ecological stance, it outlines the variety of external stressors that can push families into difficulty and provides a thorough examination of the ways in which social workers can understand, help and support them.

Concise and accessible, Supporting Families is an essential sourcebook for students interested in working with families, as well as practitioners seeking a fresh source of reference.

Terrence O'Sullivan is an experienced practitioner, academic and researcher in the field of social work. He is the author of Decision Making in Social Work, as well as numerous journal articles on social work theory and practice. He has worked with families throughout his career and, at present, is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Lincoln, UK.

1. Helping Families
2. Understanding Families
3. Families under Strain
4. Being Supportive
5. Supportive Interventions
6. Working Collaboratively
7. Remaining Vigilant
8. Supportive Supervision.


This book provides a timely consideration of family support within an ecological framework whilst advocating for whole family – rather than individual – work. It captures the interpersonal nature of the helping relationship wonderfully and will be an informative read for all those working with families. '– Lana Burroughs, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Bedfordshire, UK
'This book provides a toolbox of theoretically informed practice-orientated strategies, examples and guidance in thinking about and undertaking family support practice in the contemporary policy and practice context. It will be highly valuable to anyone working with families and children.' – Dr Harriet Churchill, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Sheffield, UK
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