Kerson, Toba Schwaber
February 1991
Health & Social Work;Feb1991, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p68
Academic Journal
The article discusses the two day workshop 'Collaborating With Families.' This was a two-day workshop for professionals that presents a collaborative model for working with people with severe and persistent mental illness. This workshop was a result of collaborative effort among consumers of mental health services; family members; and professionals including providers of services, educators, and state mental health staff. The workshop had several goals like--to understand how families have been viewed by the mental health system and why and how those views have changed or need to be and to develop an increased appreciation of the needs of professionals who work with the severely and persistently mentally ill and to learn ways to better meet those needs. One important theme of the workshop was to understand that how families are affected by mental illness. Other topics include the impact of the illness on the family. The last sections of the workshop focus on developing psychoeducational services and planning change in an organization.


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