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ERIC Number: ED479257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 265
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-938510-73-8
Building Skills in High-Risk Families: Strategies for the Home-Based Practitioner.
Peterson, Jane L.; Kohrt, Paula E.; Shadoin, Linda M.; Authier, Karen J.
Family preservation programs have long been used to prevent foster placement of children by providing services to the entire family. This manual presents the model for the Boys Town Family Preservation Program and discusses the foundations of in-home treatment, including cultural and family differences, community resources and networking, family assessment, building relationships, and detecting abuse and neglect. The manual was designed to complement the training received by Boys Town consultants before they work with families, but may also be adapted by other agencies that work with families in crisis. The book is divided into three sections. Section 1 presents the foundational principles from which the Boys Town Family Preservation Program was developed, provides an overview of the program, and discusses important fundamentals such as cultural and family values, community resources, child abuse and neglect, assessment, and building relationships. Section 2 introduces the following specific intervention techniques and explains how they are best used: active listening, teaching, exploration, effective praise, metaphors, circular refocusing, criticism by suggestion, reframing, role playing, confrontation, mediation and contracting, crisis intervention, and perceiving opportunities to teach. Section 3 details the skill-based, competency-driven Boys Town Family Preservation Model that builds upon a familys strengths to bring about change. Included are outlines of specific steps for identifying and building on the familys strengths, a discussion of how to create individualized treatment plans, and a process called "phases" that helps the practitioner stay focused on treatment issues. Several examples and exercises are included to enhance understanding of the model. (Contains 73 references and a 13-item bibliography.) (KB)
Boys Town Press, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010 ($29.95). Tel: 800-282-6657 (Toll Free); Fax: 402-498-1310; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, Boys Town, NE.