Achieving Employment Goals


How do the recovery needs of the whole family relate to the individual’s vocational recovery?

When family members take good care of themselves, remain calm, and maintain a sense of hope for whole family, each member can better focus on his/her own goals. They can better support one another. When the family’s recovery needs are met, everyone benefits, including the individual member in recovery. Focus on the family’s strengths, competencies, and healing ability can promote family recovery process. When the larger family has coping skills to deal with their own needs, anxieties and problems, it benefits everyone. (Spaniol)
Family therapy attempts to help the family grow its resources and improve family functioning. This means both the individual with mental health condition and family recovery from the crises of mental health conditions with the help of therapy.
Family education interventions, or “psychoeducation”, are practices based on research which help support partnership among consumers , families, providers and supporters. Professionals or family “peers” serve as facilitators and they try to respect the cultural context of the family. Psychoeducation program results have shown improvements for the consumer in vocational rehabilitation, coping skills, relapse reduction, reduced family burden along with many other benefits. (Dixon; Cohen) Families recognize that behavioral health systems of care may not always be the source of meeting their recovery needs so family groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness may provide the program of mutual support and education. They often teach about mental illnesses, medication, recent research, problem-solving and communication skills, coping strategies, employment and other topics. Family-to-family programs improve family functioning, empowerment, and coping that result in sustained benefits. (SAMHSA)

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