Collaborative helping: A practice framework for family-centered services

TitleCollaborative helping: A practice framework for family-centered services
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMadsen, WC
JournalFamily Process
Date PublishedMar
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0014-7370 (Print)0014-7370 (Linking)
Accession Number19378648
Keywords*Cooperative Behavior, Family Therapy/*methods/organization & administration, Humans, Narration, Social Work

This article offers a framework for collaborative family-centered practice that can rein-vigorate our work with families who have not responded to more traditional approaches. Collaborative Helping is grounded in family-centered principles that include: striving for cultural curiosity, believing in resourcefulness, working in partnership, and making our work more accountable to the clients we serve. The article introduces collaborative inquiry as an organizing metaphor for clinical practice and offers a five-step practice framework with clinical illustrations and sample questions. The framework draws from appreciative inquiry, motivational interviewing, the signs of safety approach to child protection work, and solution-focused and narrative therapies.

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