A Therapeutic Model for Supporting Families of Children with a Chronic Illness or Disability
Version of Record online: 4 AUG 2003
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 8, Issue 3, pages 125–130, September 2003
How to Cite
Morison, J. E., Bromfield, L. M. and Cameron, H. J. (2003), A Therapeutic Model for Supporting Families of Children with a Chronic Illness or Disability. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 8: 125–130. doi: 10.1111/1475-3588.00058
- Issue online: 4 AUG 2003
- Version of Record online: 4 AUG 2003
- Chronic illness;
Background: A therapeutic model for supporting families of children with a chronic illness or disability is described. The model presupposes that the chronic illness and/or disability of a child constitutes a trauma for the entire family.
Method: This paper describes a therapeutic model currently in practice and links it back to psychological dynamics addressed through the clinical interventions and the principles that underlie the model of service.
Results: Service delivery comprises the interventions; counselling, psychological first aid, projects, peer groups, parent mentoring, social events and community education. The model is family centred, non-illness specific, preventative, non-linear and flexible.
Conclusions: The interventions offered in the model aim to address the psychological dynamics of hope, empowerment, reconnection, coping/resilience and reframing.