Applying family therapy
A guide for caring professionals in the community
By Steven Walker and Jane Akister

"This practice-based guide is aimed at a wide variety of social staff, at youth workers, mental health workers, youth offending team staff and any others for whom an understanding of preventive or therapeutic interventions and support in families would aid their work… apply the concepts and approaches to a wide range of individuals and families." Care & Health.

"What a gem this book is. It's a practical tool for seasoned practitioners, while cleverly guiding those new to family therapy… This book gives help, advice and support to all those working in the caring profession." Community Care.

"Welcome… achieves its aim to make family therapy, its core concepts and methods available to practitioners working in mainstream services in the community. Ideas and models of practice outlined in the book could be applied effectively in joint work across disciplinary boundaries. I recommend the book to practitioners and managers." Rostrum.

"A useful addition to the professional toolbox." Children Webmag.

"By analysing the differences and similarities between family support and family therapy… argues for family therapy in family centres and beyond." Journal of Family Therapy.

Using case illustrations, evidence-based guidance, and supported with extensive references, this valuable learning resource will help students, practitioners, managers, and trainers to provide holistic support and effective services. "A refreshing read… in places positively inspiring… a welcome addition to the literature on how to engage with families and focus on the areas of concern whilst also maximising the emphasis on change potential and strengths." Martin C. Calder.