Welcome to the Caregiver Briefcase

caregivers-logo-blueCaregiving responsibilities will touch almost all of us at some point in our lives. With an aging population and with many caring for ill and disabled children and young adults, an increasing number of people are family caregivers.

The APA Family Caregiver Briefcase is a user-friendly, online resource to help psychologists and other health and social service professionals assist family caregivers through individual and organizational practice, research, teaching and community service. Family caregivers will also find useful information in the resources section of the briefcase.

This Briefcase provides useful and practical information, tools and resources about:

  • How caregiving affects all of us.
  • Facts about family caregiving.
  • Common caregiving problems.
  • How to identify and reach caregivers.
  • Roles psychologists have in working with family caregivers.
  • Assessment tools and effective interventions.
  • Conducting caregiver research.
  • Educating and teaching about caregiving.
  • Advocating for family caregivers.
  • Resources for diverse populations and age groups.

History of the Caregivers Briefcase

In 2010, then-APA President Carol Goodheart, PhD, convened a Task Force on Family Caregiving and charged them with the development of the APA Family Caregivers Briefcase to assist psychologists and other health and human services professionals to address the needs of contemporary family caregivers.  

In August 2011, APA adopted a Resolution on Family Caregivers that acknowledges that APA has a responsibility to inform professionals, the public and policymakers about the importance of promoting the psychological well-being of caregivers across the life span.

In 2015, the members of the original task force, with the support of Kelly O’ Malley, MA, and Deborah DiGilio, MPH, updated the briefcase.

APA Presidential Initiative on Caregivers

APA Presidential Task Force on Caregivers Task Force members: