Counseling in Relationships
Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections
by Marion Brown, PhD, RSW; Vicki Enns, MMFT, RMFT; Marwa Fadol, MA, RPsych; Elaine Conrad, MEd, RP; Carl Heaman-Warne, MMFT, RMFT; John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW; Sheri Coburn, MSW, RSW; Lori McIsaac Bewsher, MSW, RSW; Jody Lambert, MMFT, RMFT, CCC; Noela Crowe-Salazar, MSW, RSW
Healthy connections in family relationships are central to human wellness and resilience. When people feel a strong sense of belonging, they are more prepared to manage life’s challenges. As helpers and counselors, we are better able to support growth and change in those we work with by considering the bigger picture of their interactions and recognizing the patterns of emotions, beliefs, and behaviors that promote and constrain their connections.
This book explores guiding principles for working effectively with families. Authors address relationship dynamics including those among parents and teens, couples, and adoptive, blended, and single parent families. Broader themes related to intergenerational trauma, race, and systemic oppression are also considered.
Each author shares stories and insights drawn from their personal experiences and research. Building on the core themes of attachment, relational resilience, and cultural diversity, the strategies they offer will guide helpers in facilitating healthy connections within relationships.
Learn how to support a variety of family relationships including:
Parent and Teen Relationships
Immigrant and Refugee Families
Single Parent Families
Purposeful Single Parenting
Indigenous Insights for All Counselors
"Counseling in Relationships captures a wide scope of the present-day human experience from the therapist's perspective in a practical and digestible way."
- Jennifer Heinrichs, Practicum Coordinator , Aurora Family Therapy Centre
"I found the strategies in this book to be helpful in navigating the various forms of family relationships that exist in today’s complex environment."
- Dustyne Lefurgey, Program Coordinator , Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre
This book is a refreshing read and illustrates the importance of approaching counseling from a client-centred perspective.
- Katina Russell, Clinical Case Manager , Family Plus/Life Solutions
Counseling in Relationships is laid out in an accessible, easy-to-read format and provides helpful guidance and opportunities for self-reflection throughout.
- Prabhjit (Penny) Gill, Counselling Therapist , Thrive Community Support Circle
This book moves the reader into action by providing well-researched and timely examples, inspired by the authors’ own experiences in compassionate counseling.
- Erwin Thiessen, Social Worker/Family Therapist
This is a great resource for anyone in the helping profession who works with families.
- Buetta Warkentin, Associate Professor of Social Work, Booth University College
Counseling in Relationships is informative, easy to read, and has an abundance of practical case examples that validate the therapeutic relationship of meeting clients where they’re at.
- Robyn DeLong-McKinnon, Co-Owner, Family Matters Counselling Services Inc.