Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

CAFE—Community and Family Enrichment: Toward Community-Based Mental Health Support for Families
by Bankas, John K., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 65; 1527625
Abstract (Summary)

Given that family is a vital component of the larger social structure, it is perplexing to note the failure of U.S. communities to prepare and support families with skills and resources to promote psychological well-being. Using hermeneutic and heuristic research, this thesis explores issues that beset families from the perspectives of community psychology and family systems, attachment, and Jungian theory in an effort to develop a community-based and preventative approach to strengthening families and their relationship with community. The author examines his clinical practice and personal experiences to understand the impact on the family of a lack of relational skills, attachment issues, psychological differentiation, and individuation, compounded by the lack of accessible psychological supports. The thesis culminates in a proposal for the development of CAFÉ, a program of psychoeducation and enrichment activities to strengthen families and their relationship with community in coping with the pressures of a constantly changing society.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Pastoral Counseling, Social work, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Attachment, Community development, Familial bonds, Marital satisfaction, Self differentiation
Publication Number: 1527625
ISBN: 978-1-303-83949-8
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