more heresy...(I can't stop it!!!)
yes, I am familiar with the work and some of the approaches (of clinical sociology). My contention is that we don't have a coherent body of knowledge about how to effect social change. Nor is much of it empirically validated. I am all for pragmatic, "the proof is in the pudding" strategies; to my knowledge, however there is not a substantial body of work that demonstrates the utility of specific interventions.
Little test...ask three applied/clinical sociologists to name, off the top of their heads, three established intervention strategies to increase family bonding/attachment; give them each one minute to do it.
Compare this with a physician who can tell you three ways to decrease your likelihood of having a heart attack, in less than thirty seconds.
This is what I am talking about. This is why, IMO, we have an identity crisis in this field.