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Families, Carers and Professionals. Building Constructive Conversations

  • ID: 2251148
  • Book
  • March 2007
  • Region: Global
  • 274 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The lack of practical information for families of vulnerable individuals, and sometimes the lack of resources for many professionals, leads to much frustration and misunderstanding, and in some cases to tragedy.

In Families, Carers and Professionals Gráinne Smith champions effective communication by emphasising the importance of non–fragmentary teamwork, effective cooperation and consistency so that carers, both formal and informal, learn to collaborate in treatment approaches with professionals.

Quoting frequently from real, anonymous case studies, as well as psychological research and home experience, this one–of–a–kind resource provides practical materials, such as letter templates for professionals and sample diary sheets for families, with the ultimate aim of developing consistent and effective all–round care for vulnerable individuals with an ongoing illness or mental health condition. The book covers:

- Effective professional/family communication

- Consistent professional/family collaborative support efforts
- Positive approaches to challenging behaviour home and professional
- Best care 24 hours a day for vulnerable people with challenging behaviour, through consistent professional/family care.

This is essential reading for all professionals involved in the care of patients with challenging behaviour, as well as the family members and carers who endeavour to provide effective support in home situations.

With a Foreword from Janet Treasure.
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Foreword by Janet Treasure.




1 Families are fascinating.

2 Families coping.

3 Back to basics.

4 Consequences.

5 Friends and family.

6 Lies, manipulation and control freakery.

7 Difficult scenes and destructive relationships.

8 Resources: creating 24–hour best care.

9 Professionals and carers: pressures, problems and pleasures.

10 Confidentiality: a thorny issue.

11 More assumptions, perceptions and interpretations.

12 Constructive professional carer conversations.

13 Challenging the behaviour.

14 Communications in difficult days.

15 Actively helping carers cope.

16 Put on your own mask first.

A final word.


References and bibliography.


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Gráinne Smith
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