In this age of spiraling health care costs, it is imperative that the family's role in treating patients with chronic mental illness not be overlooked - by policy makers and clinicians alike. The families themselves insist that the government and care-providing agencies learn new ways to relate to them and patients. Helping Families Cope with Mental Illness is a comprehensive guide to the family's experience of chronic and serious mental illness for clinicians and educators in a wide range of mental health disciplines. It details all major areas of the clinician-family relationship - consumer perspectives, cultural diversity, social policy, ethical issues, practical coping strategies, research and training issues, major service issues, managed care, and cost-saving measures.
An excellent book that will be a welcome contribution to the field. The blend of perspectives is very unique, which adds depth to the overall presentation.'
1. Families and Mental Illness: Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Now? 2. Current Controversies 3. Service-Related Issues 4. Training and Research 5. Future Directions: Family, Consumer and Provider Relations