With all the talk about healthcare reform and budget cuts to healthcare programs, my colleague, Jerome Yoman, PhD, and I were inspired to write an editorial about the need for more family services for The Oregonian, our local newspaper. We just found out that the editorial was published in the April 10, 2012 edition! You … Read moreA Call for More Services for Families with Loved Ones with Serious Mental Illness
People who experience the loss of a loved one are often tasked with managing life insurance and legal issues, resolving financial paperwork, planning a funeral, and sorting through their loved one’s belongings. All of this often happens while they are in shock or otherwise facing great emotional distress. This is often a time to seek … Read moreNew Law in Oregon: Your Rights to Bereavement Leave
Event Brite Link: http://craftportland.eventbrite.com/ If you have a loved one with an addiction you’ve probably tried everything you can think of to get him/her to stop: nagging, threatening, ultimatums, bargaining, attending support groups, etc. You may feel like there is nothing that you can do to get them to stop. Don’t give up, there is … Read moreCRAFT: Helping Families With an Addicted Love One
Do you have a loved one with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, or another type of persistent mental illness? Having a loved one with a persistent mental illness can feel stressful and overwhelming. The mental health system can be confusing and resources can be difficult to find. I specialize in working with family members to help them … Read moreGet help coping with your loved one who has persistent mental illness
Recently a colleague alerted me to an article in the Chicago Tribune about CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training). A few months back I wrote a blog post about CRAFT that described the research support and basic ideas of the treatment. Briefly, CRAFT teaches family members with loved ones with addictions how to non-confrontationally change … Read moreHelp! How Do I find Resources for My Loved One with an Addiction?