Friday, May 15, 2015

Community Systems

● System Maladaptive outputs o Agency decisions and staff behaviors detrimental to individual or family adaptation

● Dysfunctional Process o Ineffective management systems
o Inadequate programming
o Lack of staff training program stemming from interpersonal staff programs.

● In some cases, there is a major focus of interventions on developing interagency cooperation in producing ongoing support to weak families.

● Therapists may serve as go-betweens in working out a relationship between the two feuding agencies so that their handling of the case could be consistent and supportive

● For example:
o With welfare workers to support keeping a child in the home.
o With community agencies to provoke family crisis (such as sings of parental neglect, emotional instability or behavior difficulties) so that intervention might occur.
■ Protective Services
■ Justice Systems
■ School Systems

● At times necessary pressure by the Juvenile Justice System, supported by documentation from school, can create enough of a crisis in the family to get parents to take action for the betterment of the family.

● Relationships established with agencies through case-by-case process can lead to interventions at the community level which are less related to individual cases, including:
o Training agencies to teach adaptive skills to families
o Developing new programs aimed at strengthening families.

Systems-crisis approach provides a rationale for the use of interventions at a variety of levels and a means for differential decision making with regard to what intervention would best be used.

● It is felt that the use of community systems allows for the successful treatment of a broad range of cases and leaves therapists with fewer instances in they can be of no help to a family.