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Educating Patients and Families about Mental Illness

by Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Ph.D.

The more patients and families understand the illness, the better they cope with symptoms and stresses. The more they know, the more likely they are to be involved in treatment and management. This unique sourcebook is designed to help professionals being a comprehensive level of education to both patient and family. Updated to include information on New Medication!

Full Description:   

This book provides information about patient and family education as it applies to patients with serious mental illness. It includes background information on theory, philosophy, and methods for psychiatric patient and family education; specific outlines for presenting content information; and practical guides for application of the method in a variety of settings. All written materials needed for conducting modules on the outlined topics are provided.

The manual is based on the philosophy that patients and families have a right to know as much as they want to know and can learn about these illnesses, and that the more they know the better they cope with the illness on a short- and long-term basis. An informed patient and family are more likely to make wiser treatment decisions, leading to improved success of the prescribed treatment.

    The purposes of this manual are:
  1. To provide an overall philosophy and framework for providing educational services for persons with serious mental illness and their families, giving a common language and viewpoint about the illness and its management.
  2. To give a structured, organized guide to program development for those who wish to establish a program "by the book."
  3. To provide a set of principles of patient and family education that can be used in a variety of settings for those who wish to use these principles within the contest of various treatment techniques.

Part I of this manual provides historical and theoretical background information that can give the reader an understanding of the context and basis for development of psychiatric patient and family education and information about methodoligical considerations, clinical concerns, and implementation issues. Part II provides specific class content outlines for patient education. Part III includes class outlines for family education, and Part IV consists of appendices providing sample evaluation instruments, administrative forms, suggested media, and recommended readings.

Part II contains 15 separate classes or modules for use in teaching psychiatric patients. In Part III there are 12 classes for use in teaching families. Either set of these classes may be used consecutively and in their entirety in an organized structured program. Alternatively, the content may be intergrated into existing services, or reordered and reorganized for use in the format most approriate for participants and settings involved.

Each class is a self-contained unit, and everthing is provided or suggested for each module including a class plan, instructor's notes, handout materials, evaluation instruments, homework assignments, and sample overhead transparencies, slides, or flip charts.

445 pages; three ring hard cover binder

    PART I - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT AND FAMILY EDUCATION
    Chapter 1 - Purpose and Use of This Manual
    Chapter 2 - Psychiatric Patient and Family Education:
    Historical and Contextual Perspectives
    Health Education
    Patient and Family Education in Medical Disease
    Group Therapy and Other Psychotherapeutic Methods
    Didactic Psychiatric Programs and Skills Training
    Behavioral Medicine
    Patient and Family Education in Psychiatry
    Chapter 3 - Rationale for Psychiatric Patient and Family Education
    Patient Education
    Family Education
    Chapter 4 - Models for Psychiatric Patient and Family Education
    The Biopsychosocial Model
    Methodology: The Education Model
    Chapter 5 - Formats and Settings for Teaching
    Formats for Psychiatric Patient Education
    Formats for Family Education
    Joint Patient-Family Education
    Chapter 6 - Educating Persons with Mental Illness
    Patient Characterists
    Teaching Methods
    Chapter 7 - Educating Families of Persons with Mental Illness
    Goals of Family Education
    What Families Want to Know
    Characteristics of Families
    Techniques
    Chapter 8 - Logistic Considerations and Implementation Issues
    Marketing and Getting Referrals
    Administrative and Clinician Support
    Budget/Funding
    Program Organization
    Staff Selection and Training
    Facilities
    Program Evaluations
    Documentation
    Chapter 9 - Use of Media in Educating Patients and Families
    Effectiveness of Media
    Media on Mental Illness
    Types of Media
    Principles of Using Media

Part II - PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT EDUCATION CLASS PLANS

    Chapter 10 - Orientation to Patienthood
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 11 - What Is Mental Illness?
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 12 - Medications to Treat Mental Illness
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 13 - Self-Observation and Illness Monitoring
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 14 - Decreasing Your Chances of Relapse
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 15 - Healthful Life Style
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 16 - Hazards of Substance Abuse
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 17 - Stress Management
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 18 - Coping Daily With Symptoms
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 19 - Communicating
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 20 - Family Interactions
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 21 - Community Resources
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 22 - What Is Schizophrenia?
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 23 - What is Deprssion?
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 24 - What is Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness)?
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies

PART III - FAMILY EDUCATION CLASS PlANS

    Chapter 25 - Introduction to Family Education
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 26 - What is Mental Illness?
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 27 - Causes of Mental Illness
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 28 - Medications to Treat Mental Illness
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 29 - Psychosocial Treatment
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 30 - Rights, Responsibilities, and Roles: Patients, Families, and Professionals
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 31 - Role of the Family in Treatment, Management, and Rehabilitation
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 32 - Management Skills: Monitoring and Relapse Prevention
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 33 - Management Skills: Maintaing a Therapeutic Environment
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 34 - Management Skills: Behavioral Management
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 35 - Management Skills: Skill Development
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies
    Chapter 36 - Family Stress, Coping, and Support
    Class Description
    Objectives
    Materials
    Content
    Instructor's Notes
    Handouts
    Transparencies

Appendix A - Evaluation Instruments

Appendix B - Administrative Forms

Appendix C - Media for Psychiatric Patient and Family Education

Appendix D - Recommended Additional Reading

Index

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