Although we have an idealized idea of a “perfect” or “normal” family, there really is no such thing. All families have their own unique structures, challenges and strengths. Societal changes have led to alterations of ways people now think about family life and recognize a variety of family structures. Life in these family structures can be frustrating, yet satisfying.
Family structures are continually changing. Today’s modern family quite often no longer consists of a mother, father and children in one household. Modern families are much more complex and harder to define and describe.
In order to deal successfully with all of the various issues that are present in today’s modern families, family members often need to examine and explore their family structure, patterns, relationships and traditions. The Today’s Modern Family Issues Workbook provides assessments and self-guided activities to help family members explore old patterns of interaction and behavior which may no longer be effective, and identify ways to develop more effective interactions and behaviors. Many choices of self-exploration assessments and activities are provided for family members to use collaboratively with other family members to develop a healthy family unit.
The Family Breakup & Survival Workbook contains assessments and self-guided exploration activities for practitioners to use with all members of a family as they cope with stress and changes associated with a break-up.
Breaking up can mean many different things to different people. For the purposes of this workbook, we are using the term break-up to include people living in a variety of situations, including legal separation, annulment, dating, divorce, and co-inhabiting. Break-ups are extremely complicated processes that usually involve phases of a break-up between the two people and their families, and then possible various stages of a grieving process, for all concerned. The activities in this workbook will address all of this.
At some time or another, most families experience changes, then experience stress resulting from the changes, and then go into crisis-mode. However, not all families have a crisis as a result of the stress from change. Resilient families are able to rebound from adversity, to flex in response to the pressures and strains of everyday family life, to become stronger after the change, and to adapt with more resources at their disposal. Resiliency refers to the coping strengths of the individual members, and the combined coping strengths of the family as a whole. Families who exhibit resiliency are flexible when dealing with stress, have coping strengths that can be called upon when experiencing a stressor, and have the ability to reorganize in the face of stress to become stronger and better.
In order to maintain an effective and useful family unit, family members must develop skills for managing change, coping with stress, and building resiliency from external and internal stressors. The Family Change & Crisis Workbook provides assessments and self-guided activities to help family members explore old patterns of interaction and behavior that are no longer effective, and to identify ways to develop more effective interactions and behaviors. Many choices of self-exploration assessments and activities are provided for family members to use collaboratively with other family members to develop a healthy family unit.
Wendy and Wade love to play their favorite sport–Woggleball–and, like most kids, they like to win. But after a disappointing loss leaves Wendy and Wade ready to quit, they turn to their grandpa for advice.
Papa tells them:
“Woggles are winners, yes, that much is true.
But whether you win depends upon YOU.
Winning takes effort, this much you will see.
What you learn from your loss can bring victory!”
In Sometimes You Win–Sometimes you Learn for Kids, #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and motivational teacher John C. Maxwell adapts his inspiring life lessons for the youngest readers, showing kids that having the right attitude will help them turn any loss into a win. (From inside cover.)
The Social Well-Being Workbook is designed to help your clients strengthen existing social well-being traits and develop new attitudes to further improve their social well-being. With your facilitation, your participants will complete the assessments, activities and exercises in this workbook, and will develop and enhance a full spectrum of social skills.
Social health has become increasingly more important within the overall concept of human health and wellness. Positive and effective social interaction, a basic component of society, is important for individuals to master, especially when managing stress and/or overcoming illness. An inability to form and maintain relationships can be detrimental to a person’s health and well-being. Socially healthy people are able to relate well to others, genuinely care for all people regardless of their cultural characteristics, and willingly reach out to other people. They are contributing members of their community and are a part of the social networks of others.
Emotional well-being is related to how well we are able to express, understand, cope with, and manage our emotions; as well as, accepting the emotions of other. The Emotional Well-Being Workbook is designed to help your clients connect with their emotions in a way that allows them to live an emotionally-balanced life.
Physical wellness is critical in overall well-being. People who are physically well tend to be physically active and exercise regularly, eat a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy body weight, get enough sleep, practice safe sex, minimize exposure to unhealthy environmental contaminants, avoid harmful substances, and seek medical attention and advice regularly. Your clients will discover many benefits from making healthy physical lifestyle choices.
We all have many reasons to make healthy lifestyle choices and live a healthier life. The biggest challenge is to find ways to take control of personal health choices and follow a healthy lifestyle.
The GriefWork Companion was developed to help adults who are grieving heal from their losses. The GriefWork Companion contains worksheets, quotations, educational and journaling pages. It is a user-friendly book and self-help resource. We live in a society where people are expected to get over their loss quickly and we understand this is not realistic. We know there are many ways that people grieve and we support each person’s right to grieve in an individual and unique fashion.