Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the University-affiliated Chicago Center for Family Health. Dr. Walsh is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy and past editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She has received many honors for her distinguished contributions and leadership in the mental health field, including awards from the Society for Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and the Society for Pastoral Care Research. Among her numerous publications are the edited books Normal Family Processes, Fourth Edition, and Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy, Second Edition. Dr. Walsh is a frequent speaker and international consultant on resilience-oriented professional training, practice, and research.
I. Overview 1. Foundations of a Family Resilience Approach 2. Family Diversity and Complexity in a Changing World: Varied Challenges and Pathways in Resilience II. Key Family Processes in Resilience 3. Belief Systems: The Heart and Soul of Resilience 4. Organizational Processes: Relational and Structural Supports 5. Communication Processes: Facilitating Meaning Making, Mutual Support, and Problem Solving III. Practice Applications 6. Assessing Family Resilience: Useful Maps for Practice and Research 7. Practice Principles and Guidelines to Strengthen Family Resilience 8. Applying a Family Resilience Framework in Community-Based Services IV. Facilitating Family Resilience through Crisis, Transition, and Persistent Challenges 9. Challenges and Resilience over the Family Life Cycle: A Developmental Systems Perspective 10. Loss, Recovery, and Resilience 11. Traumatic Loss and Collective Trauma: Strengthening Family and Community Resilience 12. Serious Illness and Disabilities: Family Challenges and Resilience 13. Nurturing Resilience in Vulnerable, Multistressed Families 14. Reconnection and Reconciliation: Healing Relational Wounds Appendix I. Walsh Family Resilience Questionnaire Appendix II. Developing Resilience-Based Genograms: Outline and Sample Questions Appendix III. Exploring the Spiritual Dimension in Family Life: Sources of Distress and Resources for Well-Being, Healing, and Resilience References Index