In times of stress or crisis for families, one effective approach practitioners can use is the conceptual framework of family strengths as a mechanism to promote strong, healthy relationships. The purpose of this article is to familiarize practitioners with the family strengths perspective and encourage them to incorporate family strengths into working with fathers. Clinical impressions will be discussed, including introducing Holistic Integration Techniques (HIT), along with other intervention strategies for practitioners implement. The concept of family strengths has been studied for several decades and describes a family that functions optimally in support of the individual members, including fathers. When practitioners use a family strengths theoretical framework in their practice instead of focusing on trying to improve deficits of family functioning, they pay attention to strengthening families and giving them the tools to achieve a quality walk of life.
Key Take Away Points
- Understanding how detachment of father can impact their involvement with their children.
- Building on family strengths theory by introducing an optimal worldview as a supplemental paradigm to client thinking.
- Increasing expectation and empowerment of fathers of community as well as their children.
- Offer holistic clinical strategies for practitioners in working with fathers.
Dr. Joshua Kirven is an educator, social work practitioner and community consultant in the areas of community-based care, public health, strengths-based interventions and inclusion practices. He continues to work with communities, municipalities, police departments, schools, health centers, child welfare agencies and private and non-profit organizations. Dr. Kirven is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.
"Strategies for practice in helping fathers step up to the plate and stay engaged,"
Journal of Family Strengths:
1, Article 17.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol14/iss1/17