© 2003

The Practitioner’s Guide to Working with Families

  • Editors
  • Margaret Bell
  • Kate Wilson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Margaret Bell, Kate Wilson
      Pages 1-15
  3. The Social, Political and Welfare Context for Working with Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Christine Skinner
      Pages 19-38
    3. Nick Frost, Brid Featherstone
      Pages 39-54
  4. Theoretical and Practice Approaches to Working with Families

  5. Working with Family Groups in Difficulty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Christopher Clulow, Christopher Vincent
      Pages 129-146
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 246-250

About this book


This book offers a clear and coherent guide to working with families for practitioners and students in social work, health, counselling and related professions. It brings together recent thinking on the historical and contemporary constructions of the family in such a way as to provide a helpful framework for practitioners working in a variety of settings in the field. It offers up-to-date information on political, legislative and theoretical frameworks, and it reviews and illustrates a wide range of approaches and practice skills for working with families with different problems in different contexts.


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About the authors

Dr MARGARET BELL is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York. Prior to working at the University of York, she worked as a Senior Social Worker at a number of general and psychiatric hospitals. From 1984 to 1992, she also worked as a guardian ad litem. She has provided consultancy and training to local authorities and to agencies and organisations in the private and voluntary sector, including legal and court forums.

KATE WILSON is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York and Programme Director for the MA/Diploma in Non-Directive Play Therapy. Previously, she worked at the University of Hull and with Humberside Social Services as a social worker and Acting Neighbourhood Team Manager. She has also worked in probation. Notable amongst her book publications is The Child Protection Handbook, co-edited with A. James.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Practitioner’s Guide to Working with Families
  • Editors Margaret Bell
    Kate Wilson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-92264-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-21689-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social Work
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