Fostering solutions: Bringing brief therapy principles and practices to the child welfare system
Department of Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
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.
Flemons, Douglas G.; Liscio, Michele; Gordon, Arlene Brett; Hibel, James; Gutierrez-Hersch, Annette; and Rebholz, Cynthia, "Fostering solutions: Bringing brief therapy principles and practices to the child welfare system" (2010). CAHSS Faculty Articles. 5.