A succinct and practical guide for practitioners who work with families that include a member with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Based on up-to-date research, this book outlines empirically supported family interventions that can meet the needs of the families who are dealing with the over 5 million adults who have a serious mental illness.
"Families coping with severe mental illness need help in maintaining themselves as a support system for a loved one. In this valuable book, Diane Marsh offers a wealth of clinical tools based on empirical research and experiental realities, with specific attention to kinship diversity. This comprehensive training manual for mental health professionals is illuminated by respect for caring families and a powerful message of hope for improved prognosis and quality of life."
-Harriet P. Lefley, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
"Diane Marsh successfully synthesizes twenty-five years of research on family interventions for serious mental illness into a primer for clinicians who plan to work with this population. [Her] use of both a systemic and family developmental model elucidates the complex treatment issues for people who suffer from serious mental illness and their families. I found her integration of collaborative therapy models, utilization of family strengths, the latest understanding of the life course of mental illness, and the extensive consideration of the impact of parents, spouses, siblings, and offspring refreshing and long overdue. [This book] brings marriage and family therapists full circle by clearly articulating the role they can and must play in the provision of mental health services."
-William F. Northey, Jr., PhD, Research Specialist, American
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington, DC