The Handbook of Residential Care by John Burton

By John Burton

Designed as a pragmatic consultant, The guide of Residential Care offers a distinct mixture of actual examples and case stories, research, advice and reflective dialogue. It brings jointly all components of residential paintings and all degrees of involvement in it, with an emphasis of direct own paintings and daily reports. With checklists and motion plans, the Handbook will advertise effectiveness between residential employees - via self-management, construction relationships, developing precious supplier, and resisting bureaucratic and impersonal company.
worthwhile to all practitioners, crew leaders and executives in residential care, the Handbook presents a wealth of latest principles and lots of demanding situations to tested coverage and perform.

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Scenes from residential work 11 12 The handbook of residential care Looking back now, I am amazed by our faith and energy. The account is littered with glaring mistakes, events which I would handle differently now and record differently, but the overwhelming impression as I recollect the situation is of how a group of us continued to struggle to establish good, consistent, therapeutic work out of the most adverse conditions. It is difficult now to appreciate the pace, the physical and emotional strain of the work, or to comprehend the formidable problems of managing such an establishment in a way that eventually truly engaged and made concrete progress with very troubled children and adolescents, with race and gender issues for staff, children and families, and with the nonhierarchical and self-managing running of the home.

Some of this violence was not of our or the children’s making, but was inherent in the situations we were expected to manage— ones which were often quite beyond our energy, skills and resources. Later, as we learned to manage and resist unreasonable outside pressures Scenes from residential work 13 and to identify, for instance, gender-specific elements of violent situations, we reduced violent incidents dramatically (Senior 1989). ARGUING WITH BERTRAM This story is set in Inglewood again, the old people’s home, a couple of years later than the first story about Mrs Pollard.

And in struggling to survive you may behave in ways you hoped you would not. Your most essential and reliable support will be your self and what you know about yourself. Your struggle will be to understand and manage yourself in this situation. What resources in you can you draw on? Your ideas, beliefs and principles—the ones you brought with you to the job, and which may have played a large part in your application and your selection for the job. Your ability to be aware of how you are feeling and to express that with some confidence, knowing it and believing it to be important.

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