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Chapter 11 tells the stories of six diverse families. Using four of the families as case studies, what would you do to work with these families from a strength-based perspective? Answer the following questions.

a. What would be your first goal with the families?
b. What strengths do you see in the four families?
c. How would you acknowledge the families strengths?

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Sara's Family

a. What would be your first goal with Sara's family? The first priority is to form a trusting relationship with Sara, her mother, and her two boys. This bond does not fully form from one particular meeting. It is important to build on this trust and respect every time you meet.

b and c. What strengths do you see in Sara's family and how would you acknowledge these traits? I'd first let Sara know how amazing it is that she has endured the struggles she has; and has been able to stand strong in the face of adversity! Furthermore, her commitment to furthering her education for the benefit of her family and her esteem is commendable. While difficult, she is also learning of her boy's struggles. With this knowledge, she is attending parenting classes to help with the raising of her children.

Roberto's Family

a. What would be your first goal with Roberto's family? Once again, the first priority is to form a trusting relationship with Roberto, Maria, Paco, and to some extent . . . Lupe. Building on this relationship must take precedence each and every encounter. Given the families "fear" of the government and limited English; they must be completely comfortable with your presence.

b and c. What strengths do you see in Roberto's family and how would you acknowledge these traits? This family has multiple strengths of which to encourage and build upon. To begin, getting Paco into a Head Start program shows great foresight in ...

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This article deals with various approaches to work with various families; each with their own individual struggles.

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1. What are the causes of stress in Michael's or Jennifer's life? How is stress affecting Michael's or Jennifer's health?
2. How are these stressors impacting Michael's or Jennifer's self-concept and self-esteem?
3. How might Michael's or Jennifer's situation illustrate adjustment? How might this situation become an opportunity for personal growth?
4. What defensive coping methods is Michael or Jennifer using? What active coping methods might be healthier for Michael or Jennifer to use? Explain why you would recommend these methods.
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