What Professionals Need to Know about Families (PDF files)

LeRoy Spaniol and the Massachusetts NAMI/DMH Curriculum, Training, and Practice Consortium

What Professionals Need to Know about Families (on CD)

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Audience: Recommended for educators, students, practitioners, supervisors, trainers, and consumers—anyone interested in understanding and serving the needs of persons with psychiatric disabilities. Valuable resource for
staff development and for classroom use in courses in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and social work.


What Professionals Need to Know about Families includes a series of 5 modules — each with a trainer and participant manual and a supporting Microsoft PowerPoint presentation — all on one CD. Manuals are in pdf format, which can be viewed and printed using free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. The manuals may be printed as needed for individual participants and multiple training sessions. Microsoft PowerPoint® software is required for viewing the supporting presentations.

Modules Include:

Recommended readings for trainers and participants
Training content and guidelines
Exercises for participants
Sample contract for participants
Pre-Post training evaluation

Citation: Spaniol, L., & Massachusetts NAMI/DMH Curriculum, Training, and Practice Consortium. (2004). What professionals need to know about families. Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

PDF: 5 modules

Table of Contents

Module 1: The Family Experience of a Family Member with a Psychiatric Disability
Describes historical perspective, experiences, and recovery process for families of people with psychiatric disabilities.

Module 2: Changing Family Roles
Describes the new roles that family members assume when they face the crises of a family member with a psychiatric disability and teaches professionals how they can support family members in their new roles.

Module 3: Family and Practitioner Needs for Information, Skills, and Support
Presents conceptual framework for understanding the needs of families and professionals; sources of family satisfaction and dissatisfaction with mental health services; the knowledge, skill, and attitude needs of practitioners who want to be effective in their efforts to assist families; and ways professionals can provide information to families.

Module 4: Family/Professional/Consumer Collaboration
Describes why it is important for practitioners to work collaboratively with families and people with mental illnesses and outlines specific and easily accomplished suggestions for practitioners who want to work collaboratively.

Module 5: The Role of the Family Members in Recovery
Presents a conceptual framework for understanding the role of family members in recovery and ways professionals can assist family members in their recovery roles.



LeRoy Spaniol LeRoy Spaniol, PhD, retired in 2004 as Senior Director at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  He holds a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has 41 years of experience in the mental health field as counselor, advocate, program developer, administrator, and educator.  Dr. Spaniol was the Founder and Executive Publisher of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal and is currently a Consulting Editor for the Journal. He has taught as an Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Boston University.  He also founded and taught in the Recovery Center, a rehabilitation program for people with psychiatric disabilities at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  He is currently President of NAMI of Cape Cod and serves on the Affordable Housing Committee for the Town of Wellfleet, MA.  Dr. Spaniol has published 18 books and many book chapters and articles about psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery, and families.


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