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ERIC Number: ED271659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Family Counseling Strategies in the Schools.
Ford, Robert C.
Over the past few years there has been a growing interest in family involvement, family intervention, and family counseling by professionals. This interest is underscored by an ever increasing need for parent and family involvement in the education of children. Schools have responded to the need for parental and family involvement with specific populations of students but apparently have not responded for the total student population. Today schools are faced with growing problems of inadequate parental involvement, changing family structures, and multifaceted communities. Family counseling which includes effective parent and family involvement is the necessary next step in the professional development of teachers, counselors, and administrators. As an aid to professional development, current problems and issues facing modern families are reviewed in this document. Four areas basic to understanding families are discussed including the various types of families, the politics of families, the family as a social system, and the variety of non-traditional families. Four approaches to family therapy appropriate for use in schools are discussed with examples of each therapy's approach to a sample problem: a student's drinking violation. These approaches include Family Systems Approach, Family of Origin Therapy, Humanistic Family Counseling, and Behavioral Family Therapy. In the conclusion, the need for improved utilization and involvement of families in children's education is reaffirmed. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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