Activity Groups in Family-Centered Treatment: Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Approaches for Parents and Children / Edition 1

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Providing parent-child occupation-based interventions can be one of the most important therapeutic services offered to children or parents with mental illness and their families. Activity Groups in Family-Centered Treatment: Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Approaches for Parents and Children provides useful in-depth "how to" strategies into the processes of providing family occupation-based group intervention when a child has a mental illness. Occupational therapists working with children or parents with mental illness can learn valuable practical interventions to apply in their own clinical work. Cherished activities that strengthen parent-child bonds are many times lacking in families that include a child or parent with mental illness.

This unique book describes valuable parent-child occupation-based interventions with detailed examples of how they have been provided in therapy. This text provides on overview of the literature related to providing family-based psychiatric OT treatment for children and their families, a framework for providing services, rich descriptions of a parent-child activity group, a parent-adolescent activity group, and case studies of inpatient and home-based occupation-based interventions.

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book provides family-centered activity group occupational therapy approaches to children and adolescents suffering from mental illness. There are often no easy answers to assisting families dealing with mental illness, but this book provides practical intervention strategies. This material has also been published as Occupational Therapy in Mental Health-TM, Volume 22, Numbers 3/4 2006.
Purpose: The purpose, the author notes, is to explore "how parent-child occupation-based interventions may support the capacity of families that include a parent or child with mental illness to participate and find pleasure in the everyday family co-occupations."
Audience: According to the author, "it is important that occupational therapists increase their study of interventions to support parents and children in developing optimal interaction patterns for occupational health and development of all family members in spite of mental illness and in support of mental health." Though the author completed her PhD in occupational therapy in 2002, she has worked with parents and children for over 25 years. She has also made numerous presentations and written extensively on child and adolescent psychosocial occupational therapy practice.
Features: The first seven of the book's 10 chapters are a part of the author's dissertation, which comprise a qualitative research study of parent-child activity groups on a child inpatient psychiatric unit. The remaining chapters include case studies of psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents and a young mother diagnosed with depression. The strength of this book is in the many clinical examples/case studies as well as the practical guidelines. Chapter nine discusses a depressed mother who was housed on an inpatient unit from a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic viewpoint. This is followed by home-based parent-child occupational therapy sessions. The author explains very clearly her rationale, therapeutic approach, and techniques, allowing readers to apply them with their own clients. Though it is qualitative, what the author does rings true, especially since she has over 25 years of experience in the field.
Assessment: The value of this book is in the practical case examples. The author provides ideas that readers can use with their own clientele. She also provides suggestions on how to strengthen the parent-child bond, which is often very difficult when the child is suffering from mental illness.
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Table of Contents

Foreword     xv
Preface     xix
Acknowledgements     xxi
Introduction     1
What Do We Know About the Daily Interactions Between Children with Mental Illness and Their Parents?     11
Introducing Parents and Children Participating in One Parent-Child Group on a Child Inpatient Psychiatric Unit     23
One Parent Child Activity Group: A Framework and Snapshots     33
A Qualitative Research Study of One Parent-Child Activity Group     49
Exploring What Was Missing in One Parent-Child Activity Group     83
Parent-Child Activity Groups Reconsidered     103
Engaging Psychiatrically Hospitalized Teens with Their Parents Through a Parent-Adolescent Activity Group     121
When a Mother Is Depressed: Supporting Her Capacity to Participate in Co-Occupation with Her Baby-A Case Study     135
Closing Thoughts About Promoting Parent-Child Co-Occupation Through Parent-Child Activity Intervention     153
Index     157
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