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Enhancing Family Support in Recovery from Serious Psychiatric Illness

Family support can be an invaluable component of recovery from serious psychiatric illnesses, but loved ones of many consumers may be uncertain how or when to help. This presentation will begin with an overview of the scientific literature supporting the benefits of including relatives in the consumer’s family mental health care and a discussion of typical family needs and concerns. Both professional and lay strategies for meeting these needs will be discussed, with an emphasis on interventions with an evidence base. Finally, strategies to overcome potential challenges to family involvement in care will offered.

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Shirley M. Glynn, PhD

Shirley M. Glynn, PhD

Shirley M. Glynn, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical/social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1985. For the past 20 years, Dr. Glynn is a Research Psychologist at UCLA who has been conducting research on psychosocial interventions especially family interventions, supported employment and social skills training, to support recovery from schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses.