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
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.