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ERIC Number: EJ905666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7637
A Practitioner's Commentary
McVey, Richard
Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, v17 ns1 p170-178 2010
I have been delivering the flexible family work approaches outlined in this supplement at Aquarius for the past 8 years. Aquarius is an English Midlands-based addictions charity working with people who have problems with alcohol, drugs, or gambling and supporting their family members/concerned others. I have been a practitioner participating in the Involving Family Members Action Research Project 2002-2004, whilst at the North Birmingham Aquarius team [Orford, J., Templeton, L., Copello, A., Velleman, R., Ibanga, A., & Binnie, C. (2009). "Increasing the involvement of family members in alcohol and drug treatment services: The results of an action research project in two specialist agencies." "Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 16", 1-30; and see Orford, J., Templeton, L., Copello, A., Velleman, R., & Ibanga, A. (2010). "Working with teams and organizations to help them involve family members." "Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 17"(S1), 156-166]. I am now a service manager and part of the action research team for Involving Family Members across the Organization developing family-focused work across the whole of the Aquarius organization. In this chapter, I will outline some of the barriers to more family-focused work, offering the view that in practice these initial concerns about family-focused work do not need to be barriers. I will also provide some strategies to overcome some of these barriers. I will then outline what I see as the main benefits I have experienced as a practitioner in implementing family-focused work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)