Individual interventions are designed for one-to-one meetings between a clinician and primary caregiver.
A wide range of interventions exist that address a variety of problems. Many of these interventions target symptomatology in caregivers, most commonly depression. Others address training caregivers in skills related to managing caregiver problems, such as disruptive behaviors in dementia, or pain in patients with cancer. Careful assessment of the caregiver needs to be completed before implementing any of these interventions because the focus of the intervention needs to address the particular needs of the caregiver.
For many of these clinical approaches, building skills in coping, problem-solving, increasing the rate of pleasant activity for the caregiver and/or care recipient are either the explicit goal of interventions or are the active ingredient in the interventions prescribed. Stress reduction through environmental modification is also a common focus of individual interventions.
Individual interventions address caregivers of persons with:
Acquired Brain Injuries (Children)
Cancer and other Illnesses (Children)
Mental Illness or Traumatic Brain Injury from War
Serious Mental Illness
In the Practice Section
- Common Caregiving Problems
- What do Psychologists Need to Know to Help Family Caregivers?
- How Caregivers Reach Psychologists
- Psychologists as Direct Service Clinicians and Consultants
- Conceptual Models
- Variations for Practice with Culturally Diverse Groups
- Business Pragmatics
- Common Ethical Issues