An Integrated Approach to Family Work for Psychosis is a manual for using cognitive behavioural approach to working with families of people with severe mental illness. The authors, all experienced clinicians, discuss the various core components of family work, including what constitutes family work, when it might be offered, and how and where it might be applied. As well as these core concerns, the authors also look at reframing challenges and overcoming common personal and external barriers to effective family work. Each chapter can be read individually or as part of the integrated manual. The central argument of the book is that family work must be individualised and it offers a clear approach to engaging and working with families to ensure that this happens, including guidance on how to link components of a service user's plan with their family's strengths and strategies for reducing stress. The book addressed both theory and practice, and concentrates on the experience of mental illness for the service user and their family, providing a focus for intervention.
Exploring family work as an integrated psychosocial and educational support strategy, this manual will increase the confidence and competence of new family workers - mental health workers, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists - and broaden the knowledge of those already working in the area.
Gina Smith, RMN, RGN, Dip Thorn, MSc is a consultant nurse in the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. She is a co-facilitator on the Integrated Approaches to Serious Mental Illness Course at the University of Gloucestershire, a Visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England and the Clinical Director of Studies for the postgraduate mental health practice programme at the University of Bath. Karl Gregory has worked as a psychiatric nurse with people with severe and enduring mental illness for over 20 years, both ward and community based. He has an MSc in counselling and now works freelance in counselling, as well as coordinating a diploma in counselling at the University of Bristol. Annie Higgs holds a BSc in community studies and a postgraduate diploma certificate in education. She is an honorary tutor at the Institute of Psychiatry in London
Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. Preface. Section 1: Understanding Family Work for Psychosis. 1. Introduction. 2. What is Family Work for Psychosis? 3. Why Offer Family Work for Psychosis? 4. Who is Involved in Family Work for Psychosis? 5. When to Offer Family Work for Psychosis. 6. Where to do Family Work for Psychosis. Section2: Delivering Family Work for Psychosis. 7. How to Prepare for Family Work Meetings. 8.How to Conduct Family Work Assessments. 9.How to Manage a Successful Family Work Meeting. 10. How to Promote Recovery through Family Work. Appendices. 1. Glossary of Terms. 2. Who is a Carer? 3. Family Work for Psychosis. 4. Family Work Leaflet. 5. Who Can Help Me? 6. Assessment of Carer's Needs Initial Assessment/Review. 7. Family Work Referral Form. 8. Family Work Skills Checklist (FWSC). 9. Family Work Assessment (FWA) Form. 10. Family Meeting Notes. 11. Solving Problems and Achieving Goals. References. Subject Index. Author Index.
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