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ERIC Number: EJ837862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
Integrating Couple Teamwork Conversations into Child Welfare Practice
Christensen, Dana; Antle, Becky; Johnson, Lisa
Journal of Family Social Work, v11 n3 p303-322 Aug 2008
This article summarizes the importance of and challenges to addressing couple teamwork issues in the child welfare population. Although there is substantial evidence to support the importance of healthy adult relationships for child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment, there are a number of barriers to addressing these couple relationships in child welfare. These barriers include diverse family configurations and uncertain relationship commitments, the individual presentation of maltreatment, and worker discomfort with these issues. Additionally, there are few relationship programs designed specifically for low income individuals, and a number of policy and environmental constraints affect couple relationships in this population. However, building upon a comprehensive practice model for child welfare known as Solution Based Casework, this article describes casework skills to initiate and maintain couple teamwork conversations. These initiation skills include assessing patterns in everyday life, building partnerships with families, normalizing and externalizing problems, and tracking interactional sequences related to parent teamwork. The maintenance skills described include maintaining a common language, utilizing family team meetings, recognizing small steps of change, keeping treatment providers on track, and making the most of setbacks. These practical guidelines will assist child welfare professionals with building couple teamwork for child protection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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