The author, Margaret Puckette, lays out priorities that must be different from those of 'normal' families, recognizing that incentives and punishments do not work. It starts with the message that caregivers must take care of themselves, and must draw together the whole family as a team.
There are chapters on safety measures; setting boundaries and structure in the home; handling day-to-day stress; and telling the difference between what's 'normal' about your child's behavior, and what requires mental health treatment or extraordinary measures.
Sprinkled throughout is humor, wisdom, and practical tips and advice only an experienced caregiver would know.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)|
About the Author
Child and Family Mental Health
--Family Coach for parents with mentally ill children, ages 5 to 25+
--Certified Parent Support Provider
--Family Partner, Trillium Family Services and Multnomah County Juvenile Justice
--Children's Mental Health Conferences, Portland OR
--Grandparents Raising Grandchildren seminars, Portland OR
--Family to Family classes, Portland State University
--American Association of Children's Residential Centers, San Diego CA, Tampa FL
--Portland State University, schools of Social Work & Social Studies
--Oregon Health Sciences University, Schools of Nursing and Psychiatry
--George Fox University, Clinical Psychology
--Family adviser for the child psychiatric program at Unity Hospital, Portland OR, 2017
--Oregonian interview on violence and mental illness
--Commendation-Oregon Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, for "contribution to the well-being of adolescents and families..."
--Oregon Public Broadcasting interview on teens and mental illness,
--KATU interview on school bullying
--Clear Channel interview on bullying,
--KOIN News interview child depression
--Oregonian interview on her support groups
--Volunteer for National Alliance on Mental Illness
--Benton County Mental Health Advisory Board
--Commission on Children & Families, Corvallis, OR
"As both the parent of a teenager with a mood disorder and a professional working with other "troubled kids", I wholeheartedly endorse this beautifully written and theoretically sound book. Parents of mentally ill children are often misunderstood, maligned, and misjudged. Ms. Puckette provides practical advice, encouragement and realistic, yet hopeful glimpses into the lives of those of us who walk this difficult path." --Elizabeth H.