Schizophrenia, one of the most serious and chronic mental illnesses, is likely to begin in adolescence. Its impact is catastrophic, and every aspect of individual and family functioning is affected. The authors discuss a treatment model that includes establishment of a collaborative relationship between therapist and family, the provision of information and support, and the creation of highly structured environments in the treatment setting and in the home.
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This report was prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services under the direction of the Office of the Surgeon General, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, and in consultation with the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health.
Carol M. Anderson, MSW, PhD, is professor of psychiatry and administrator of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh. Douglas J. Reiss, PhD is coordinator of the Family Treatment of Schizophrenia Research Program, also at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh.
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Schizophrenia: A Psychoeducational Model for Treating the
Adolescent Who Is Seriously Emotionally Disturbed
Course No. B2301-B04
Upon completing this program, participants should be able to
- Describe this psychoeducational treatment model for use with families with an emotionally disturbed adolescent.
- Establish a collaborative relationship between therapist and family.