SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: A Family Health Approach
Edited by Francis K. O. Yuen, professor of social work
(The Haworth Press, 2005, $39.95)
With so many socio-economic pressures on families today, social workers need to be attentive to the holistic health of family members, says Francis Yuen.
Families with individuals with disabilities, grandparents raising grandchildren and homeless families are among those facing unique challenges. Yuen hopes his book will further explain how social workers should work with families from a holistic well-being perspective.
“We want to go beyond dealing with the crisis at hand,” Yuen
says. “We want to address the issues from a holistic perspective and incorporate various levels of intervention to promote general well-being. Family health is manifested by
the development of, and continuous interaction among, the
physical, mental, emotional, social, economic, cultural and spiritual dimensions of the family that results in the holistic well-being of the family and its members.”
Specific family scenarios are outlined in each chapter, which
are written by 13 social work professionals from across the
country. “There is no one-size-fits-all,” Yuen says. “Each family
and each individual has unique stories that are worth telling
and demand specific interventions.”
“Social work as a profession believes in, among other things, change, human dignity, diversity and empowerment.”