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

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

by Laurette Olson
     
 

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Get the tools for practical family-based interventions for children or adolescents with mental illness

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… See more details below

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Get the tools for practical family-based interventions for children or adolescents with mental illness

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. Activity Groups in Family-Centered Treatment describes valuable parent-child occupation-based interventions with detailed examples of how they have been provided in therapy. This text provides an 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.

Topics in Activity Groups in Family-Centered Treatment include:

  • an overview of theory and research literature on the nature of the interaction between parents and children with emotional disorders
  • detailed case studies of family challenges with mental illness
  • a framework for parent-child activity groups
  • a qualitative study of a parent-child activity group
  • analysis of the barriers that can arise in a parent-child activity group
  • clinical experiences leading a parent-adolescent activity group
  • analysis of the influences of culture within a parent-child activity group
  • a case study of the intervention for a depressed mother and her family
  • issues between parents and professionals when children are psychiatrically hospitalized

Activity Groups in Family-Centered Treatment provides occupational therapists and other professionals who lead parent-child groups or who work with families that include a child or parent with mental illness with integral tools to effectively treat their clients.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317786344
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/27/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
180
File size:
2 MB

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