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Families, Carers and Professionals: Building Constructive Conversations

Families, Carers and Professionals: Building Constructive Conversations

Gráinne Smith

ISBN: 978-0-470-31981-9

Apr 2007

274 pages



The lack of practical information available to the families of vulnerable individuals - and sometimes a similar lack of resources for the professionals who deal with them - can lead to frustration and in some cases tragedy. In this practical guide for anyone involved in caring for patients with challenging behaviour, Gráinne Smith (author of the bestselling Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family) champions the importance of teamwork so that carers, both formal and informal, can learn to collaborate in treatment approaches with professionals. Drawing on anonymous case studies as well as recent research and experience, this unique book provides an array of practical tools and templates to aid the development of consistent, effective all-round care for vulnerable individuals.
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.


""Professionals can use this practical handbook when working with families.""  (SSTI, 2007)

""This is essential reading for all professionals involved in the care of patients with challenging behaviour..."" (Booktopia, 2007)

""This book will help you communicate effectively with your loved one even when faced with very challenging and extreme behaviour!""  (The Tonbridge and West Kent Eating Disorders Support Group for Carers, 2007)