Review by: Lisa Hodges, IMH-E (II), Developmental Specialist, Sitka, AK
"As a home visitor working in early intervention, I often come across complex families and difficult situations where I feel "stuck." Tackling the Tough Stuff-A Home Visitor’s Guide to Supporting Families At Risk by Tomlin and Viehweg (2016) gave me a framework to process and reflect upon my interactions and relationships with children and families. In particular, the PAUSE worksheet required me to "slow down" and ponder about what is really happening from the perspective of the caregiver, the child, and myself. Tomlin and Viehweg's concrete format allowed me to effectively implement a plan for future visits with the families. This book also interwove real-life scenarios that were helpful to learn from and kept me grounded in the IMH principle of "it’s all about relationships." I highly recommend this essential guide to all providers working in this ever growing field of infant and early childhood mental health."
Review by: Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review
"Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, 'Tackling the Tough Stuff' is very highly recommended for professional and academic library, Early Childhood and Family Support instructional reference collections and supplemental studies curriculums."
Review by: Lori Roggman, Professor in the Department of Family, Consumer, & Human Development at Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Utah State University
"The skills of reflective practice and problem solving are critical for effective work with families and are described here in specific concrete detail with many examples and realistic vignettes of common and challenging situations."
Review by: Maureen Greer, Leadership Consultant, Emerald Consulting
“Tackling the Tough Stuff goes beyond theory and supports the ability of the home visitor to intervene with the family in an appropriate and meaningful way.”
Review by: Linda Wollesen, Director, Life Skill Outcomes, LLC
“A well thought-out blend of theory, developmental frameworks for parent/child situations, and practical examples of the PAUSE tool in action. It belongs in every field supervisor's "turn-to" references.”