Description - Counselling for Family Problems by Eddy Street
In the course of their daily practice, counsellors in a wide variety of caring agencies often meet with families and need to assist them in dealing with the problem or problems they face. This text focuses on normative family problems, such as birth or leaving home; problems which distort normative expectations, such as divorce and step-parenting; and those that are produced by the unexpected, such as accidents or chronic illnesses. Emphasis is placed on helping families within a traditional counselling framework and successful family counselling is defined as being a combination of a number of elements. The author maintains that counselling should: be in keeping with the family's strengths and style; offer an empathetic listening to each family member; maintain a perspective of the changing nature of family life; focus on clear and open communication and deal in problem-solving manner with the task in hand. As such he outlines the skills necessary to undertake family counselling and the processes that families have to go through in order to deal with the tasks that are set for them.
This handbook should be of interest to trainees, professionals and voluntary workers whose work involves contact with families.
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Author Biography - Eddy Street
Eddy Street has a background in clinical and counselling psychology and his professional activity has principally been in child-focused services. He is employed as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS in the Cardiff area. His counselling and therapy practice involves working with individuals, couples, families and staff groups.