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Community Family Therapy and Narrative Approaches to Working with Parents Struggling with Their Mental Health: A Review of the Literature

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Title: Community Family Therapy and Narrative Approaches to Working with Parents Struggling with Their Mental Health: A Review of the Literature
Author: Gaylor, Erica
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Abstract: This paper focuses on family therapy and support for parents experiencing mental health struggles, with an emphasis both on supporting parents individually to increase their well-being and on ensuring that children are not at-risk of neglect or maltreatment. An overview of the current research on parental mental health is reviewed, as well as the importance of de-pathologizing mental health in clinical practice. Collaborative intervention models are explored from a community family therapy perspective, as well as from a narrative therapy orientation. Within these models, themes of alternative stories and positive action, inclusion of broader support systems, and leadership and advocacy are examined with implications for therapists and child protection workers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9280
Date: 2015-09-29


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