When Happiness Had a Holiday: Supporting Children to Re-Build Positive Family Relationships: A Professional Resource

1st Edition

Maeve McColgan

July 8, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 75 Pages - 31 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780367473761 - CAT# 328495
Series: The Healthy Mind

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Designed to be used alongside the storybook, When Happiness Had a Holiday, this colourful practical resource provides therapists with a variety of activities to engage and support family members as they work towards improving and strengthening their family relationships. Healthy and supportive family relationships are essential to mental health, and as referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services continue to rise, growing research demonstrates the benefit of involving families in the treatment of children and young people facing emotional and mental health difficulties. This resource takes a solution-focused brief therapy approach to working with families, providing professionals with a variety of tools to help family members to recognise their strengths as individuals and as a family, and harness these as they search for solutions together.

This book includes:

  • A range of worksheets, with activities to help families recognise difficulties, discover solutions and celebrate success
  • Games focused on encouraging families to recognise their individual and family strengths
  • Guidance for professionals as they use the resource.

Fully photocopiable and beautifully illustrated, this is a vital resource for social workers, counsellors, mental health professionals and individual and family psychotherapists working with families and children.


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