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Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflicts in Africa: Implications and Strategies for Helping Professionals in the United States (2012)
By Joanne Corbin

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Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflicts in Africa: Implications and Strategies for Helping Professionals in the United States aims to enhance the awareness and knowledge of helping professionals who work with children and families who have experienced armed conflict in Africa. It draws on the experiences of practitioners working with populations affected by armed conflicts, specifically in Uganda and Rwanda.

In this book, you will hear from African practitioners discussing the political, economic, cultural, social, and spiritual elements of life that have been affected by war. It is timely, in that an increasing number of people have immigrated from Africa since the early 1900s as a result of the impact of armed conflict on their lives and families. This book is unique in that it connects the issues of children who have been exposed to armed conflicts in several African contexts to the U.S. practice arena, and reflects on the interventions being used in Africa and their applicability in this country. The content is relevant for those agencies and public education systems providing services to immigrant and refugee populations from Africa.

"Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflicts in Africa is an impressive and timely addition to the social work and mental health literature. The book integrates research, concepts, and practice wisdom from multiple cultures to provide lessons that promote culturally and contextually relevant practice interventions. Drawing on her many years of engagement with child soldiers in Northern Uganda, editor Joanne Corbin's work extends our understanding of trauma and resiliency. Corbin's introductory and concluding chapters provide coherence to an excellent mix of chapters authored by African and American mental health experts. The book focuses on children and families affected by conflicts in Africa, especially Uganda and Rwanda, but should be widely read by those interested in culturally competent response to persons who have experienced violence and trauma in any setting."

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Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Social Work (2012)
By James Drisko and Melissa Grady

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Although a number of recent books have addressed the evolving field of evidence-based practice in social work, Jim Drisko and Melissa Grady's Evidence Based Practice in Clinical Social Work is the first detailed work designed explicitly for use by social work clinicians. Always careful to anchor their discussion of the EBP process with real-world clinical illustrations, Drisko and Grady here offer social workers a comprehensive and thorough, yet accessible, guide for using an EBP approach with the kind of clients seen daily in clinical social work settings.

Among the book's many strengths are the authors' careful and balanced assessment of the limitations and challenges of an EBP approach, as well as their caution that teaching the process of evidence-based practice should neither be misconstrued as a substitute for a good clinical social work education, nor seen as a roadmap for how to conduct treatment. This timely and well-written volume is highly recommended for advanced graduate students as well as for practicing clinicians.

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Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters (2012)
By Josh Miller

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Disaster responders treat more than just the immediate emotional and psychological trauma of victims: they empower individuals and families to heal themselves long into a disaster's aftermath. This requires rebuilding the ability of survivors to meet their emotional and psychological needs, not only for themselves but also for others, and necessitates a careful consideration of survivors' social, economic, and political realities so healing and recovery can outlast the reverberations of disaster.

This comprehensive book integrates Western mental health approaches and international models of psychosocial capacity building within a social ecology framework, providing practitioners and volunteers with a blueprint for individual, family, group, and community interventions. Joshua Miller focuses on a range of disasters, both large and small, involving natural, technological, and other complex factors at local, regional, national, and international levels. Case studies from throughout the world explore the social, psychological, economic, political, and cultural issues affecting various reactions to disaster, such as how an individual, family, or community may interpret its meaning, and illustrate the importance of drawing on local cultural practices to promote empowerment and resiliency.

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Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Clinical Theory and Psychopathology in Contemporary Multicultural Contexts, Third Edition (2011)
By Joan Berzoff, Laura Melano Flanagan, Patricia Hertz

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Over the past decade, Inside Out and Outside In has become a very important book among mental health practitioners in a variety of disciplines that deal with individuals in their complex social environments. Revised and updated throughout, the third edition builds on this foundation and adds a new chapter on cognitive behavioral theory and practice and a new chapter on relational and intersubjective theories to more fully meet the needs of both students and practitioners today.

The third edition of Inside Out and Outside In maintains the book's respectful tone and empathetic voice while making many new additions. The chapter on affective disorders now includes bipolar disorders. Two other chapters update content on psychodynamic theory and race and gender. This edition also offers new research on schizophrenia and personality disorders. Other key updates include linking trauma theory with attachment, as well as attending to client systems, including couples, throughout the book.

This new edition further deepens our understanding of the biopsychosocial contexts in which clinical theory and practice occur, particularly in multicultural settings. It offers ways to clearly understand theories and clinical disorders in their biological and social contexts and provides key updates on new developments in the biopsychosocial domain.

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Falling through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations (2011)
Edited by Joan Berzoff

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Psychodynamic theory and practice are often misunderstood as appropriate only for the worried well or for those whose problems are minimal or routine. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This book shows how psychodynamically informed, clinically based social care is essential to working with individuals whose problems are both psychological and social.Each chapter addresses populations struggling with structural inequities, such as racism, classism, and discrimination based on immigrant status, language differences, disability, and sexual orientation. The authors explain how to provide psychodynamically informed assessment and practice when working with those suffering from mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and cognitive, visual, or auditory impairments, as well as people in prisons, in orphanages, and on child welfare. The volume supports the idea that becoming aware of ourselves helps us understand ourselves: a key approach for helping clients contain and name their feelings, deal with desire and conflict, achieve self-regulation and self-esteem, and alter attachment styles toward greater agency and empowerment. Yet autonomy and empowerment are not birthrights; they are capacities that must be fostered under optimal clinical conditions.

This collection uses concepts derived from drive theory, ego psychology, object relations, trauma theory, attachment theory, self psychology, relational theories, and intersubjectivity in clinical work with vulnerable and oppressed populations. Contributors are experienced practitioners whose work with vulnerable populations has enabled them to elicit and find common humanity with their clients. The authors consistently convey respect for the considerable strength and resilience of the populations with whom they work. Emphasizing both the inner and social structural lives of client and clinician and their interacting social identities, this anthology uniquely realizes the complexity of clinical practice with diverse populations.

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Cultural Citizenship and Immigrant Community Identity: Constructing a Multi-Ethnic Asian American Community (2010)
By Hye-Kyung Kang

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Kang explores cultural citizenship and immigrant community identity development in the International District (ID) of Seattle, WA. She investigates the particular social, political, and historical contexts within which a "multi-ethnic Asian American community" identity arose. She finds that the ID as a subject is produced and sustained not through a singular identity but through multiple and contingent discourses of history, contribution, and change. Similarly, it is constructed through a constant processes of engagement, contestation and negotiation between the community and the various larger social and political structures of society, as well as among community members. The results suggest that it may be possible for immigrant subjects to alter the discourses that constitute them by generating counter-discourses. (-Lfbscholarly.com)

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Partnership Partnering: How Men and Women Parent Differently- Why It Helps Your Kids and Can Stengthen Your Marriage (2009)
By Marsha Pruett and Kyle Pruett

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Men and women not only have naturally different communication styles, but unique approaches to parenting as well. While mothers tend to overprotect their kids, fathers tend to push them toward independence. And whereas many experts tend to advocate a united front, Drs. Kyle and Marsha Pruett reveal how Mom and Dad not always being on exactly the same page which, initially, may seem to cause conflict can actually strengthen the whole family.
Informed by the Pruetts' research and extensive experience with parents and children, Partnership Parenting offers a new outlook. In addition to fascinating biological insights, the book features strategies for negotiating common landmine situations from birth to age eight, from discipline and bedtime to helping kids with homework and teaching them responsibility.

With wisdom and humor, Partnership Parenting helps couples take advantage of their individual strengths to raise confident children while simultaneously improving their marriage. (- Amazon.com)

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Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions (Methods/Practice with Diverse Populations) (2007)
By Josh Miller, Ann Marie Garran

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With this fascinating text, you will start to analyze the social and psychological dynamics of racism and the implications it will carry for you as helping professional. Authors Joshua Miller and Ann Marie Garran investigate the many facets of racism in the United States, examining how racism exists not only outside of us, but inside of us as well. Human service workers must confront and challenge racism in both these areas.

Those in the helping professions are ethically obligated to work for a society of fairness and social justice and to provide culturally responsive services to all clients, ensuring equal access and quality. The authors demonstrate that it is insufficient to solely focus on social structures, services, institutional practices, or on changing other people. They show that we must also look within and explore our own biases and blind spots which influence how we view ourselves and those whom we are committed to helping. (- Amazon.com)

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Dissociative Identity Disorders, Controversies in the Diagnosis and Treatment (2004)
Edited By Lewis Cohen, Joan Berzoff and Mark Elin

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Encounters with people diagnosed as having dissociative identity disorder or multiple personality disorder almost invariably result in transforming therapists into enthusiasts or sceptics. This collection includes chapters written by advocates of both schools of thought. (- Amazon.com)

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Living With Dying: A Handbook for End-of-Life Healthcare Providers (2004)
By Joan Berzoff

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The first resource on end-of-life care for healthcare practitioners who work with the terminally ill and their families, Living with Dying begins with the narratives of five healthcare professionals, who, when faced with overwhelming personal losses altered their clinical practices and philosophies. The book provides ways to ensure a respectful death for individuals, families, groups, and communities and is organized around theoretical issues in loss, grief, and bereavement and around clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups.

Living with Dying addresses practice with people who have specific illnesses such as AIDS, bone marrow disease, and cancer and pays special attention to patients who have been stigmatized by culture, ability, sexual orientation, age, race, or homelessness. The book includes content on trauma and developmental issues for children, adults, and the aging who are dying, and it addresses legal, ethical, spiritual, cultural, and social class issues as core factors in the assessment of and work with the dying. It explores interdisciplinary teamwork, supervision, and the organizational and financing contexts in which dying occurs.

Current research in end-of-life care, ways to provide leadership in the field, and a call for compassion, insight, and respect for the dying makes this an indispensable resource for social workers, healthcare educators, administrators, consultants, advocates, and practitioners who work with the dying and their families. (- Amazon.com)

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School Violence And Childcren In Crisis: Community and School Interventions for Social Workers and Counselors (2003)
Edited by Josh Miller, Irene Rodriguez Martin, and Gerald Schamess

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This text uses a holistic approach to show how schools, families, and community agencies can build partnerships to reduce school violence. The book examines various theoretical perspectives to facilitate understanding of the etiology and consequences of school, family, and community violence. The authors cover crisis teams, teacher interventions, debriefing, group psychotherapy, and building partnerships for success. The final part of this text presents community interventions, suggesting that community-based clinical social workers take leadership in collaborations to build systems of care.

This effective resource provides practical insight into the emerging culture of violence in our schools and is specially designed to help school social workers, counselors, and community leaders address this critical issue. (- LovePublishing.com)

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Your Divorce Advisor: A Lawyer and Psychologist Guide You Through the Legal and Emotional Landscape of Divorce (2001)
By Marsha Pruett and Diana Mercer

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A lawyer and a psychologist offer a groundbreaking divorce strategy that protects both your finances and your family.
From your first thought of divorce through the final paperwork, Your Divorce Advisor takes you step by step toward a divorce that dissolves the marriage but not your dignity, your sense of family, or your financial security. Whether you hire a lawyer or a mediator, or do it yourself, this practical, direct, and empowering guide offers you the wise counsel you need for both the legal and the emotional processes of ending your marriage. (- Amazon.com)

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