Jennings, Mary Ann Books

Mary Ann Jennings, MSSW, PhD, has extensive practice experience with children, adolescents and families and has taught both undergraduate and graduate students for over 10 years. Her research and professional service agendas have focused on children and families, particularly those receiving social and child welfare services. She was the principal investigator of a federal grant to train rural child welfare workers and is working with colleagues on an evaluation of a state's child welfare services.

Strategies and Techniques in Family Health Practice for Empowering Children and Adolescents
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.