Empowerment Practice with Families in Distress

Judith Bula Wise

Columbia University Press

Empowerment Practice with Families in Distress

Pub Date: February 2005

ISBN: 9780231124638

336 Pages

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Pub Date: February 2005

ISBN: 9780231124621

336 Pages

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Pub Date: February 2005

ISBN: 9780231529471

336 Pages

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Empowerment Practice with Families in Distress

Judith Bula Wise

Columbia University Press

For more than 150 years, empowering practices have been used by social workers in their work with families, but the techniques of today differ significantly from those of the pioneers or even from those of a few years ago. Today's practitioners recognize that empowering others is impossible; social workers can, however, assist others as they empower themselves. This book integrates time-honored approaches with today's more modest goals, mindful of what empowerment can and cannot do. Synthesizing several theoretical supports—the strengths perspective, system theory, theories of family well-being, and theories of coping—the author responds to the question "What works?" with today's families in need. Practice illustrations are provided throughout to bring concepts to life and, more important, to present families describing their own experiences with achieving empowerment.
This book reveals the great potential of empowerment practices through specific principles and actual case materials. Families In Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences
This volume adds to the discourse of empowerment practice with families. Raymond Rodriguez, Social Work with Groups
Introduction
Part I. A Family-Centered Empowerment Framework
1. Empowerment Then and Now
2. Seeing Families Through an Empowerment Lens
Part II. Three Family Profiles: The Journey from Oppression to Empowerment
3. The Laurencio-Smith Family: Our Differences Saved Us
4. The Williams Family: New Lives Beyond Incest
5. The Brown-Wiley Family: Homeless No More
Part III. Helping Families
6. The Phases and Actions of Empowering Practice
Part IV. A Closer Look at Families WITH Their Communities
7. Empowering Families with Community Resources
8. Supporting Theories that Empower Social WorkerñFamily Transactions
Appendix A. Cross-Cultural Counseling Competencies: A Conceptual Framework
Appendix B. The Family Power Analysis

About the Author

Judith Bula Wise, professor emerita, has held academic positions at Columbia University and the University of Denver. She is the coeditor, with Marian Bussey, of Trauma Transformed: An Empowerment Response (Columbia University Press) and has developed and served as the first coordinator of the Trauma Response Certificate Program at the University of Denver.