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Collaborative Helping: A Practice Framework for Family-Centered Services

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  • I would like to thank David Epston for his support and input on this article and Evan Imber-Black and three anonymous reviewers for their editorial suggestions.

concerning this article should be addressed to William Madsen, 61 Dudley St., Cambridge, MA 02140. E-mail: Madsen1@comcast.net

Abstract

This article offers a framework for collaborative family-centered practice that can reinvigorate our work with families who have not responded to more traditional approaches. Collaborative Helping is grounded in family-centered principles that include: striving for cultural curiosity, believing in resourcefulness, working in partnership, and making our work more accountable to the clients we serve. The article introduces collaborative inquiry as an organizing metaphor for clinical practice and offers a five-step practice framework with clinical illustrations and sample questions. The framework draws from appreciative inquiry, motivational interviewing, the signs of safety approach to child protection work, and solution-focused and narrative therapies.

RESUMEN

Este artículo ofrece un marco de trabajo para la práctica clínica colaborativa que puede vigorizar nuestro trabajo con familias que no han respondido a enfoques más tradicionales. La práctica clínica colaborativa se basa en principios centrados en la familia que incluyen: el esfuerzo por la curiosidad cultural, creer en la abundancia de recursos, el trabajo cooperativo, y mostrar nuestro trabajo como más responsable ante los clientes a los que atendemos. El artículo introduce una investigación colaborativa como una metáfora organizadora de la práctica clínica, y ofrece un marco para una práctica de cinco fases con ilustraciones clínicas y ejemplos de preguntas. El marco recurre a la investigación apreciativa, la entrevista motivacional, los signos del enfoque de seguridad al trabajo de protección del menor, y las terapias narrativas y centradas en las soluciones.
Palabras clave: práctica clínica colaborativa, servicios centrados en la familia, terapia narrativa

Abstract

This article offers a framework for collaborative clinical practice that can reinvigorate our work with families who have not responded to more traditional approaches. Collaborative clinical practice is grounded in family-centered principles that include: striving for cultural curiosity, believing in resourcefulness, working in partnership, and making our work more accountable to the clients we serve. The article introduces collaborative inquiry as an organizing metaphor for clinical practice and offers a five-step practice framework with clinical illustrations and sample questions. The framework draws from appreciative inquiry, motivational interviewing, the signs of safety approach to child protection work, and solution-focused and narrative therapies.
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