Tag Archives: mental illness

New at Link… National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities

For families in the maelstrom, a critical recovery concept is hope. For Christian families in the maelstrom, hope is a matter faith, deriving from suffering.[1]  For Catholic families in the maelstrom, there is a specificly Catholic ministry resource: The National … Continue reading

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New Course at PsychOdyssey Academy: Multifamily Groups

PsychOdyssey Academy is pleased to announce a new self-study course: PsychOdyssey 360: Multifamily Groups. Multifamily group treatment (MFGT) is an evidence-based modality for helping individuals and their families navigate the maelstrom of mental illness, particularly schizophrenia. Integrating psychoeducation and behavior … Continue reading

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Educational Aspect of Need: Family Psychoeducation

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program Video presents the details and impact of NAMI’s free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members. All instruction and course materials are free … Continue reading

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New Links to Residential Treatment Facilities

Many families of loved ones with psychiatric disabilities sooner or later consider the possibility of so-called supportive therapeutic communities as a modality within recovery. Residential treatment can be a costly option, but it can also be cost-effective especially for loved … Continue reading

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Book Review: Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices

PsychOdyssey reviews Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices: A Textbook, edited by Robert E. Drake, Matthew R. Merrens, and David W. Lynde. All who wish and need to know where mental health practice is heading should read this important text about a … Continue reading

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Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness

New on PsychOdyssey “Watch…”: MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness is a multi-platform media project that explores severe mental illness in America. The centerpiece of the project is a television program which aired on PBS stations in October 2009. … Continue reading

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The Clubhouse Movement, on PsychOdyssey TV

One of the leading resources of psychiatric rehabilitaiton is peer support–individuals with SMIs (serious mental illness) helping each other. One of the pioneering modalities for this is the Clubhouse movement, made prominent by Fountain House in New York City, which is “dedicated … Continue reading

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New PsychOdyssey TV Program on Supported Employment

Work is good for recovery. But getting and keeping a job can be an enormous challenge for an individual with a psychiatric disability. One of the proven evidence-based practices of psychiatric rehabilitation is supported employment. Denise Higgins, Employment Specialist at Catholic Charities, Trenton, NJ, talks to Tom … Continue reading

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Understanding the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability

To help a loved one with a psychiatric disability, first a family member must understand the individual. But is this really possible? How can we understand what goes on “inside the head” of anyone, much less someone with a psychiatric … Continue reading

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British Psychological Association Report on Recent Advances

To have  a place for longer documents of interest to family members, PsychOdyssey adds a new section called “Reports” under its “Read…” tab. The first post in this new section is a comprehensive but easily digested report called “Recent advances in understanding … Continue reading

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