ERIC Number: ED270695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Identifying Families Who Benefit from Brief Interventions.
Golden, Larry B.
Mental health counselors who work with children realize that the family is in a position to support or sabotage counseling efforts. If an accurate discrimination can be made between competent and incompetent families, both can be better served. Sources of information about a family include anecdotal records, teacher reports, and interviews with the child. The best source, however, is a structured family interview in which family members are encouraged to talk with each other about the child's behavioral problems. Criteria for evaluating a family's competence include: (1) parental resources; (2) time frame of problem behavior; (3) boundary characteristics and patterns of communication; (4) hierarchy of authority; and (5) relationship with professional helpers. A family that has been assessed as competent is a good prospect for brief family interventions which strive to enable families to gain control of problematic behavior with minimal reliance on outside professionals. A counselor can help a competent family gain control in as few as three family conferences by working with family members to implement a plan, open lines of communication, and support the hierarchy of parental authority. This model was tried in a school setting with four elementary school guidance counselors trained in the use of the family assessment model and brief intervention techniques. Seventeen case studies provide tentative conclusions about the model. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Los Angeles, CA, April 20-23, 1986).