Learn New Publication: Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia

Published on October 18th, 2017 | from CAMH Education

New Publication: Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia

Around this time last year, we posted about this publication and its online companion as part of our Portico Preview series. CAMH Education is excited to announce the book is now available from our store!

Written by Sean Kidd, Dawn I. Velligan, Natalie J. Maples, with foreword by Kim MueserSupporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia is a practical guide for families and other caregivers. The support strategies in the manual can help people with the illness to really engage in life—to be able to work, study, enjoy their leisure time and have meaningful relationships.

Topics in the manual include:

  • developing a plan for introducing strategies to your relative
  • suggestions for how to get started
  • devices for recording and tracking your relative’s progress
  • recommended supports—everything from reminder signs to calendars, checklists, alarms and other simple devices—displayed in illustrations of the home
  • ideas for how to set up supports within the home—in the bathroom, bedroom, living and eating areas.

See schizophreniafamilystrategies.com for a downloadable version of this manual, along with various signs, forms and checklists described in the manual, and accompanying educational videos.


“When my daughter developed schizophrenia in her late teens, it was an overwhelming time for our family.  Fortunately once she was out of hospital, the CAT approach described in this guide helped her regain her confidence and get back into the swing of life. This guide is full of excellent tips, checklists, ideas and pictures—laying out clearly the simple steps to help your loved one get on the path to their goals.”— Louise Elder, mother

“Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that can have life-altering effects on the individual and his or her family. In spite of these challenges, people with schizophrenia are capable of recovering a life of dignity, contributing to society and enjoying close relationships with others. Families have a reason to celebrate with the publication of this practical guide, a powerful tool for supporting the self-determination and independence of a loved one with schizophrenia or another mental illness.” — Kim Mueser, Clinical Psychologist and Professor, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

“This unique guide can help families work in tandem with their relative to make manageable changes to improve day-to-day functioning. Step-by-step instructions provide a variety of tools and strategies to help people living with schizophrenia be more autonomous by setting and working toward their own goals. With a strong emphasis on two-way communication, this guide can help families achieve a stronger and healthier family dynamic.” — Mary Alberti, Chief Executive Officer, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

Find out more about the authors and purchase the book on our store: here.


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