Gunther, John Books
John Gunther, MSW, PhD, is Director of the Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work. Dr. Gunther has many years of practice experience working with children and families in child welfare, youth services and mental
health settings. For over 25 years he has taught in and administered undergraduate and graduate social work programs. Dr. Gunther has written extensively in the arenas of populations-at-risk, administration and management and family health practice.2005 0-7734-6283-X
This book is written for undergraduate and graduate studcnts, human service workers, advocates for children and adolescents, and policy makers who are committed to achieving a better understanding of the importance of family health. In contrast to the traditional deficit perspective of working with children and adolescents, this book presents a strengths based family health perspective. The roles and functions of the family are being redefined in every domain of family life - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, economic, cultural, and social. Embedded in each of these domains are the seeds of family life that can either be nurtured or left to wither and die. The profound challenge is how to identify the seeds to nurture and the seeds to leave uncultivated. The goal of this book is to continue the provocative scholarly discussion about tho good seeds, i.e., the collective knowledge, values, and skills that will stimulate new ways of thinking to cnsure that our children and adolescents are guaranteed the opportunity to grow up in a healthy family. Each of the authors selected presents important family health concepts in a particular field of practice with children and adolescents that are designed to empower each member of the family. The premise is that making provisions for the health of families is the most enduring and important legacy that can be given to our children and adolescents.