Psychoeducation for Caregivers
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF SO THAT YOU CAN TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR PATIENT!
Caring for someone who suffers from a psychiatric and/or neurological disease is a very demanding process, for which no one prepares us. A relative, a spouse, a parent or a child of a patient needs practical tips and knowledge to effectively take care of the loved one and, at the same time, maintain his/her mental and emotional balance. In other words, they need professional training.
In our effort to respond to the needs of these families, we offer Individual and Group Psychoeducational programs (in office and through skype) for caregivers of patients suffering from:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Depression and anxiety disorders
- Learning Disorders – Developmental Disorders- Emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents
The program consists of 12 weekly sessions that last 90 minutes. In these programs, you will learn:
- Details about the disease (biology, symptoms, progression) and the available sources of help/treatment so that you have a greater sense of control.
- Strategies to manage effectively the cognitive, psychological and behavioral problems of the patient so that your daily life gets easier.
- Techniques to identify, understand and manage your own negative thoughts and emotions, taken from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
- Behavioral techniques to improve your quality of life (relaxation techniques, problem solving, use of support services, increase of pleasant activities)
- Ways to experience the positive side of caregiving
The research but, most of all, the clinical experience with patients and their families has shown that Psychoeducation helps both the caregiver and the patient as it is the most effective way to reduce depression and the psychological burden of the caregiver, to help the caregiver manage the patient’s problems and to achieve a substantial improvement for the quality of life of both of them.