Hidden Victims

Hidden Victims

by Julie T. Johnson
     
 

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The impetus of this book began with a personal search of mine for support groups for families of those with mental illness. I had a brother with Schizophrenia. I was also finishing up my graduate degree in Social Work (back in 1982). What these groups for families of the mentally ill "supported" concerned me. What I typically found were dysfunctional groups supporting… See more details below

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The impetus of this book began with a personal search of mine for support groups for families of those with mental illness. I had a brother with Schizophrenia. I was also finishing up my graduate degree in Social Work (back in 1982). What these groups for families of the mentally ill "supported" concerned me. What I typically found were dysfunctional groups supporting negative and even hostile mindsets. Most of them encouraged a victim mentality to the surrounding culture and to the mental illness. When I considered using other group processes such as the 12 Steps, it didn't convert well enough to help family members struggling with a loved one's persistent and chronic mental illness. I also recognized that mental illness happens within the context of a family - not just the individual. Too often these groups focused on the mentally ill person at the expense of the family's over-all own mental health and the health of other family members.

I discovered in my research that how the family responds to the mental illness will either be part of the antidote or continued problem. In any give difficulty we are either part of the problem or part of the solution. I intended to offer a means for family members and friends to be part of a solution. Furthermore, families and their individual members are all personally affected by the disruption and difficulties brought on through living with mental illness. Those living with mental illness secondarily through a loved one also needed an aggressive healing path to help them live with (and sometimes beyond) the mental illness. So, I developed the Eight Stage Healing Process.

My combined personal and professional experiences contributed to the chosen Stages. Furthermore, I researched what works and what doesn't work in such support groups. When securing a publisher for the book I insisted that "coping" be left out of the title. Everyone is coping - the Eight Stages takes one beyond just coping with mental illness and the surrounding family dynamics and helps individuals and families heal. Twenty years later I still find, along with thousands of other family members that the Eight Stages is an authentic healing process that benefits all family members.

The Eight Stages are;

Stage One:
Stage Two:
Stage Three:
Stage Four:
Stage Five:
Stage Six:
Stage Seven:
Stage Eight:

The Eight Stages can be used individually or within a group context. If in a group, I have available the Facilitator's Manual to use as a guide: Title here.

Now the Eight Stages is the most used program for families in Australia and used throughout Canada and the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385242127
Publisher:
Doubleday Publishing
Publication date:
08/14/1988
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
240

Meet the Author

Julie is a licensed psychotherapist who maintains a private counseling and consultation service, Healing Services On the River, established in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, in 1995. Here she offers the year-long Initiation Course based on her book, Wheel of Initiation, her popular spiritual journaling classes, Bindu Breathwork, writing consultations and one-on-one transpersonal counseling.
Her studies and investigation into cognitive-behavioral therapy, creativity, mind training, thought transformation, Buddhist philosophy, transpersonal counseling, and group dynamics lead to her development of the Wheel of Initiation.
Julie obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she had a double major in sociology and social work. In 1982 she began her career as a social worker and case manager of a program in Minneapolis for those with chronic and persistent mental illness.
While in graduate school at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, she designed and authored The Eight Stage Healing Process for Families and Friends of the Mentally Ill. This book was published by Doubleday in 1989 and Julie toured the United States, Canada, and Australia teaching the eight stages and offering instructions on how to set up a healthy self-help group. She founded the National Siblings Network in the United States through NAMI. Australia adopted her eight-stage protocol, incorporating it into their primary national program for families of the mentally ill.

Julie is the author of nine books, two for adults and seven for youth. She is presently finishing up her first YA fiction.
Julie has a bimonthly newsletter: Monday Musings for Writers & Spiritual Pilgrims, offering readers a means for spiritual inquiry through journaling and meditation. She also writes columns on transpersonal psychology & spirituality for two local papers.
She lives outside of Spring Green, Wisconsin.

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