Working with families
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This chapter focuses primarily on family work as a broad area of practice in generic mental health settings. It considers the impact of mental illness on the family, an area where social work has had some leadership. The chapter also considers the range of models for family work—from specialised therapeutic interventions through to family groupwork and casework approaches. It identifies a number of practice principles that can shape social work in this area. The chapter argues that two principles: the centrality of building a therapeutic alliance among the person with an illness, their family and the treatment staff; and the importance of respecting the needs of families, not just insofar as that is relevant for our work with individuals, but also in their own right. The growing influence of recovery theory in mental health has raised questions about the relevance of recovery concepts for families. Some people argue that recovery is the work of the consumer only.