Family interventions exist to:
1. Improve outcomes for the person with the disorder or illness by improving family engagement and effectiveness in handling the challenges associated with the problem.
2. Improve the well-being of the caregiver as well to reduce stress and negative outcomes of caregiving.
Psychologists can utilize general family interventions with families who are in a caregiving situation and all of the family may benefit. For example, behavioral couples therapy offers an effective strategy to help one member stop abusing alcohol or drugs. If a caregiver is concerned about alcohol or drug use, couples therapy designed to end use of addictive substances may benefit both caregiver and recipient. For pediatric psychologists, strategies to help parents of an ill child maintain a strong and healthy marriage or family during a time of extraordinary stress are designed to benefit the entire family system.
Listed here are some approaches to family intervention that are designed for one or more populations.
Family Interventions for Parents of Seriously Ill Children
Family Therapy for Veterans with Mental Disorders or TBI
- The Support And Family Education (SAFE) Program: Mental Health Facts for Families
- Operation Enduring Families: Information and Support for Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans and Their Families
- The TBI Family Caregiver Curriculum
Family Interventions for Serious Mental Illness Populations
Family Interventions for Persons with Substance Abuse Problems
Family Interventions for Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia