A unique resource to the field, Family Intervention for Severe Mental Illness provides practical clinical guidelines for implementing a core set of four family intervention services for severe mental illness: short-term education, family consultation, single family behavioral family therapy, and multiple family groups. The authors provide a model for implementing family intervention services in routine mental health treatment settings and address organizational issues related to leadership, staffing, monitoring of treatment quality and outcomes, and reimbursement of services. They also provides valuable resources for agencies implementing family intervention that can be used across the different intervention programs. The appendix is a rich supplement that includes a comprehensive set of educational handouts for family members about different psychiatric disorders in their treatment.
Part I: Implementation of Comprehensive Services for Families. Families as Members of the Treatment Team. The Continuum of Optimal Family Services. Organization of Services. Engaging Families in Treatment. Part II: Brief Family Education. Who Benefits from Brief Family Education? Effective Teaching Strategies. Curriculum. Supplementing Professional Work with Community Family Programs. Part III: Brief Family Consultation. Who Benefits from Brief Family Consultation? Assessing and Identifying Family Needs. Strategies for Making Decisions. Strategies for Solving Problems. Indicators for Need of More Intensive Rehabilitation Efforts. Part IV: Multiple Family Groups. Who Benefits from Multiple Family Groups? Monthly Multiple Family Support Groups. Multiple Family Education and Problem Solving Groups. Part V: Behavioral Family Therapy. Who Benefits from Behavioral Family Therapy? Assessment of the Family. Education about Psychiatric Disorders. Communication Skills Training. Problem Solving Training. Termination and Strategies for Maintenance. Part VI: Special Populations and Problems. Couples Where One Member has Severe Mental Illness. Co-Occurring Substance Abuse. Families from Different Cultures. Re-engaging Families in the Lives of Severe Mental Illness. Families with a Relative with a Recent-Onset of a Psychotic Illness.