Chapter 54. Parent Counseling, Psychoeducation, and Parent Support Groups

Amy N. Mendenhall, Ph.D., M.S.W.; L. Eugene Arnold, M.D., M.Ed.; Mary A. Fristad, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623921.476316



Mental illness in children affects the entire family. Children are dependent on their parents to help recognize and meet their needs, so education and support for both the child and the caregivers about disorders and treatment are essential. Various parent and family interventions have been developed for families with a child with a serious emotional or behavioral disorder. Table 54–1 lists the distinguishing features of some of these programs.

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TABLE 54–1. Parent and family interventions
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TABLE 54–2. Basic principles of parent counseling interventions
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TABLE 54–3. Tactics for working with parents in parent counseling
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TABLE 54–4. Relative advantages of the two psychoeducation formats
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TABLE 54–5. Age adjustments needed for psychoeducation with children and adolescents with mental illness, compared to programs with adults
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TABLE 54–6. Studies of the use of psychoeducation in children's mental health
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TABLE 54–7. Weekly topic schedule for multifamily psychoeducational psychotherapy
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TABLE 54–8. Core psychoeducation content areas
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TABLE 54–9. Potential psychoeducation adaptations by disorder
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TABLE 54–10. Examples of techniques used in psychoeducation
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TABLE 54–11. Complications frequently faced by parent group and support group leaders
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TABLE 54–12. Role and tasks of a support group facilitator
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TABLE 54–13. Support groups and Internet resources


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