This chapter explores some practical ideas for working in partnership with the whole

family group. Since most thinking on partnership work has focused on the one-to-one

relationship with the parent, methods of working with the whole group are at a more

rudimentary stage of development. As we will see in this chapter, the Negotiating Model

can be applied to working with the whole group, but there are some particular challenges

for the professional and the family. Ideas from family systems thinking will be drawn on

to consider family functioning and the impact of the professional on the family and vice