Young Minds Magazine
McMahon and Ward offer a spirited defence of therapeutic social work as it is practiced in family centres and which, as the last contributor suggests, can be successfully transferred to other social work settings. This book is bursting with ideas and principles which will be of interested to all those who are concerned with helping children and families.
I was attracted to this book both because of the focus on family centres and Adrian Ward's coeditorship. I have found Adrian Ward's writing on group care particularly helpful and was not disappointed by his contribution. This book is highly readable and particularly accessible if the reader has an interest in therapeutic approaches and psychodynamics.
This book looks in detail at the delivery and management of therapeutic work in family centres. It offers practical guidance for professionals working with children and families. Therapeutic interventions discussed include play therapy with children, systemic work with black families and working with men. It would be of interest not only to family centre workers who work with children and families, but also to health visitors, teachers and mental health professionals.