CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Fostering solutions: Bringing brief therapy principles and practices to the child welfare system

Department

Department of Family Therapy

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Publication Title

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Volume

36

Issue

1

First Page

80

Last Page

95

Abstract

This article describes a 15-month university-community collaboration that was designed to fast-track children out of foster care. The developers of the project initiated resource-oriented “systems facilitations,” allowing wraparound professionals and families to come together in large meetings to solve problems and find solutions. Families also participated in strength-based brief-therapy sessions. The authors describe the history, structure, and process of the project, and they provide a case study to illustrate the approach and exemplify the kinds of changes that occurred throughout the system. In the final section of the article, the authors reflect on what they learned about their university-community partnership, what they would do differently the next time, and the implications of such larger-system involvements for American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Core Competencies.

Comments

The authors would like to thank the families and professional stakeholders involved in the Jumpstart Project, as well as Richard Ryal and Drs. Scott Shimabukuro and Shelley Green

DOI

10.1111/j.1752-0606.2009.00181.x