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Family and Multi-Family Work with Psychosis
A Guide for Professionals

ISBN 9781583917275
Published October 30, 2006 by Routledge
152 Pages

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Book Description

Family and Multi-Family Work with Psychosis provides a practical step-by-step guide for professionals treating psychosis using family work.

The authors draw on over ten years of experience working with family and multi-family groups where there are members with a psychotic disturbance. They provide helpful guidance on vital issues, including setting up initial group meetings, crisis intervention plans, group structure, problem solving and communication in the group. Subjects covered include:

  • the stress-vulnerability model
  • the group structure and framework
  • family-work in early psychosis
  • working with families of people suffering from psychosis and substance misuse
  • what can the family do to be of help and support?

This accessible, jargon-free guide will be of great interest to anyone interested in investigating the potential for using family work to treat those with psychosis.

Table of Contents

McFarlane, Leff, Foreword. Bloch Thorsen, Introduction. Grønnestad, The Stress -Vulnerability Model. Johannessen, Psychosis - What is it? Methods. Øxnevad,  Psychoeducational Multifamily Group Model. Øxnevad, Invitation to Family Work. Øxnevad, The First Contact: Dealing with the Crisis. Øxnevad, The Second Contact: Mapping the Genealogical Chart. Grønnestad, The Third Contact: Monitoring Early Warning Signs. Øxnevad, Contact Between the Group Leader and the Patient Alone. Grønnestad, The Educational Seminar. Øxnevad,  The Group Structure and Framework. Øxnevad, The First Multifamily Group Meeting. Øxnevad, The Second Multifamily Group Meeting. Grønnestad, Problem Solving. Grønnestad, Crisis Intervention Plan. Arntzen, Communication in Groups. Experiences. Fjell, Psychoeducational Family-work in Single-family Groups. Arntzen, Conducting Educational Family-work Among Young Patients. Bloch Thorsen, Family-work in Early Psychosis. Bloch Thorsen, Psychoeducational Family-work Applied to Different Diagnoses. Drug Abuse and Psychosis. Barrowclough, Working with Families of People Suffering from Psychosis and Substance Misuse. Implementation of Psychoeducational Family-Work. Bloch Thorsen, What Qualifications Do Group Leaders Need? Øxnevad, How to Implement Psychoeducational Family-work in an Established System? Øxnevad, What Can the Family do to be of Help and Support? Bratthammer Family, Words from the Family.

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Gerd-Ragna Bloch Thorsen is a psychiatrist and teacher of psychotherapy. She is the coordinator of family-work at Stavanger Psychiatric Hospital, Norway and Deputy President of the Norwegian Psychiatric Association.

Trond Grønnestad is a psychiatric nurse and leader of an educational project about mental health.

Anne Lise Øxnevad is a psychiatric nurse and leader of the psychoeducational multifamily group division at Stavanger Psychiatric Hospital, Norway.


'This text provides an invaluable resource for teams who are intending to develop MFG's as part of the range of services offered to families, and will be of interest both to practitioners who are new to family work as well as those who have experience of working with single families but new to running MFG's.' Alex Reed, ISPS Newsletter