Working Through the Heart: A Transpersonal Approach to Family Support and Education

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Abstract

Supportive Family Training is designed for the relatives of persons diagnosed with serious psychiatric disorders. Support, education, and advocacy is the three point focus of the training, which provides the framework for a powerful and cost-effective teaching model. Supportive Family Training presents the latest research about schizophrenia and the major mood disorders, and provides practical coping and management skills, communication techniques, and problem solving. In addition to receiving extensive information about their relatives’ illnesses, and support for their pain, families are given effective strategies and language to assist them in communicating with mental health professionals. The model allows for a limited number of mental health professionals to enroll in the course, with the goal of providing opportunities for professionals to empathize with the family experience and for the families to understand the perspectives of professionals.

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