Bereavement, young people, and social context

Ribbens McCarthy, Jane (2010). Bereavement, young people, and social context. In: Monroe, Barbara and Kraus, Frances eds. Brief Interventions with Bereaved Children. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 29–36.



[About the book]:

- Describes a variety of practical therapeutic approaches for supporting bereaved children and young people

- Contains contributions from experts in the field of support of bereaved children, young people and families

- Written in an accessible style and includes personal perspectives from the bereaved themselves

New to this edition

- New chapters on sociological perspectives, learning disability and working with very young children. Other chapters have been completely updated to reflect developments in the field

Recent years have seen increasing interest in the needs of children facing bereavement, and a corresponding increase in services to support them. This book addresses and explains the theoretical concepts and practical implications behind the idea of brief work with bereaved children and families. Flexible and accessible short term services delivered at the right time underpin the strengths of bereaved children, supporting their recovery rather than pathologising the grief process. In this way the book also speaks to the current interest in the concept of resilience and working with families' strengths and possibilities, rather than merely identifying their problems.

This second edition continues to be a unique book within the growing filed of childhood bereavement, and the new chapters added to this edition discuss managing situations with learning disability, supporting very young children and emotional literacy. The book also presents cases from the service user's perspective. It looks at different approaches to intervention, such as the importance of assessment and the value of groupwork, and also covers work with children and families before a death.

Brief interventions with bereaved children will appeal to practitioners, educators and service providers managing scarce resources. The editors have more than twenty-five years experience as practitioners within the field, as service providers and educators. The book features chapters from distinguished contributors with backgrounds in healthcare, education, social work and the police, alongside theoretical and practice-based chapters from workers in the field of bereavement care for children.

Readership: Those running and working in services supporting bereaved children and their families, child and adolescent mental health teams, social workers, psychologists, therapists, counsellors and school counsellors/teachers/education support workers.

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