Weaving a Tapestry of Support: A View of Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Children. Tracey Sutton, MSW, LCSW Family Support Services Of North Idaho .
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Weaving a Tapestry of Support: A View of Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Children
Tracey Sutton, MSW, LCSW
Family Support Services
Of North Idaho
“Mental health problems among children and adolescents constitute a public health crisis for our nation.”
(Subcommittee on Children and Family, President’s New Freedom Commission, p. 1)
“A diagnosable mental disorder found in persons from birth to 18-yrs of age that is so severe and long lasting that it seriously interferes with functioning in family, school, community or other major life activities.”
Masten& Coatsworth (1998)
People learn from one another, via observation, imitation, and modeling.
Concrete experience (or “DO”)
Reflective observation (or “OBSERVE”)
Abstract conceptualization (or “THINK”)
Active experimentation (or “PLAN”)
Behavior change and improved functioning occur as children learn and implement new ways of coping, behaving and thinking and as the child’s environment shifts to support desired behaviors.
The focus of intervention efforts are five-fold:
Nathan J. Williams – CenterPoint Behavioral & Mental Healthcare, Inc. Nampa, Idaho (2009)
Interventions take place in the home or natural community settings and are likely to include:
Williams – (2009)
Tools for presenting material:
CPSR providers typically feel well prepared to
work with children and youth, however
there is also a need to understand the
experience of caregivers.
Emerging awareness of a difference in their child and a lack of clarity about what is happening.
Initial awareness of a mental illness. Questions such as “what did I do wrong?”
Adjustment to the frequent crises & disruption in normal family life.
The family becomes more proactive in the community. Increased assertiveness, less self-blame, less blame of professionals.
Time is spent to developing new roles and relationships with professionals.