Dominican University of California
 

Location

Guzman 110, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 5:00 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 5:15 PM

Department

Counseling Psychology

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor

Carlos Molina, Ed.D., MFT

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Although schizophrenia is a relatively rare mental dysfunction, it causes significant discomforts for the patients and their family. As this mental illness usually starts at the young ages and lingers virtually forever, it affects almost every aspect of patients and their family’s life. Schizophrenia deteriorates the individual’s ability to normally interact with others in multiple settings be it family, workplace, and society.

Moreover, the negative and mainly false perceptions towards this illness among the general public intensifies the problems of schizophrenic patients and their families. This prejudice, combined with the inherent problems of the illness, forms a recipe for disaster for patients and their families, and prevents them from living anything close to a normal, let alone thriving life.

Sciences of psychology and psychotherapy are the windows of hope for schizophrenic patients and their families. Scientists in this field strive to enhance the condition of patients by means of medical treatment, psychological interventions, and more importantly family and community support. The latter is quiet challenging as a number of issues like lack of qualified professionals, deeply rooted stigmas, and absence of public awareness, work against this cause.

This manual is an important resource for people who take the responsibility of educating families of schizophrenic patients. This manual attempts to use layman’s term in order to make it usable for people without professional or specialized knowledge in psychology or psychiatry.

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Psycheducational Manual for Families of People with Schizophrenia

Guzman 110, Dominican University of California

Although schizophrenia is a relatively rare mental dysfunction, it causes significant discomforts for the patients and their family. As this mental illness usually starts at the young ages and lingers virtually forever, it affects almost every aspect of patients and their family’s life. Schizophrenia deteriorates the individual’s ability to normally interact with others in multiple settings be it family, workplace, and society.

Moreover, the negative and mainly false perceptions towards this illness among the general public intensifies the problems of schizophrenic patients and their families. This prejudice, combined with the inherent problems of the illness, forms a recipe for disaster for patients and their families, and prevents them from living anything close to a normal, let alone thriving life.

Sciences of psychology and psychotherapy are the windows of hope for schizophrenic patients and their families. Scientists in this field strive to enhance the condition of patients by means of medical treatment, psychological interventions, and more importantly family and community support. The latter is quiet challenging as a number of issues like lack of qualified professionals, deeply rooted stigmas, and absence of public awareness, work against this cause.

This manual is an important resource for people who take the responsibility of educating families of schizophrenic patients. This manual attempts to use layman’s term in order to make it usable for people without professional or specialized knowledge in psychology or psychiatry.