All families are different. They differ in history, composition, and the dynamics of the relationships among family members. Some work well, others do not work at all well. Apart from the diversity across families, an individual family usually changes over time as children are born, people die, couples separate, new partners are brought into established families and so on. Given the diversity within and across families, it is difficult to define a ‘family’. In the ultimate, a family is probably best understood as being whatever a group of people considers it to be. In this chapter you will learn how to counsel entire families or individual family members effectively.

Contents include

  • individuals and the family
  • special features of dealing with families
  • families in crisis
  • grieving families
  • strategies and techniques
  • things not to do.
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RN. MN and Cert IV (Workplace Assessment and Training).
Hugh is a nurse consultant and educator with a master of nursing qualification, majoring in community health. He has extensive hospital and community-based experience as a mental health clinician where his clients included those affected by various forms of dementia. Hugh is well known as an informed and engaging teacher and his topics include psycho-geriatric aspects of care. Also, he is the author of the publication Counselling and Interviewing for Carers: A Basic Guide.

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