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A family support group for family members of offenders with a mental illness, part 2 : treatment protocol

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Family members of offenders with a mental illness experience serious emotional, social, financial, and psychological burdens. They have to deal with both a rollercoaster of emotions and a double stigma for which they need support. However, until now, few family interventions have been developed in forensic settings because they face particular challenges. Therefore, a family support group (FSG) has been developed to support family members in dealing with both the mental illness and the judicial order of their relative. The present article describes the treatment protocol of an FSG which is based on a multi-family group format that integrates systemic and narrative approaches and is adapted to the forensic context. The organisation of the FSG is explained and clinical vignettes are used to illustrate the therapeutic process. Finally, some reflections about the FSG are discussed.
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family support groups, family, offenders with a mental illness, forensic psychiatry, treatment protocol, strengths-based research, MEDIUM SECURE UNITS, FORENSIC SERVICES, EXPERIENCE, THERAPY, SCHIZOPHRENIA, INTERVENTION, BURDEN, NEEDS

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Rowaert, Sara, Femke Hanssens, Kurt Audenaert, Stijn Vandevelde, and Gilbert Lemmens. 2018. “A Family Support Group for Family Members of Offenders with a Mental Illness, Part 2 : Treatment Protocol.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy 39 (4): 487–500.
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Rowaert, S., Hanssens, F., Audenaert, K., Vandevelde, S., & Lemmens, G. (2018). A family support group for family members of offenders with a mental illness, part 2 : treatment protocol. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY, 39(4), 487–500.
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Rowaert S, Hanssens F, Audenaert K, Vandevelde S, Lemmens G. A family support group for family members of offenders with a mental illness, part 2 : treatment protocol. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY. 2018;39(4):487–500.
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Rowaert, Sara et al. “A Family Support Group for Family Members of Offenders with a Mental Illness, Part 2 : Treatment Protocol.” AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY 39.4 (2018): 487–500. Print.
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  abstract     = {Family members of offenders with a mental illness experience serious emotional, social, financial, and psychological burdens. They have to deal with both a rollercoaster of emotions and a double stigma for which they need support. However, until now, few family interventions have been developed in forensic settings because they face particular challenges. Therefore, a family support group (FSG) has been developed to support family members in dealing with both the mental illness and the judicial order of their relative. The present article describes the treatment protocol of an FSG which is based on a multi-family group format that integrates systemic and narrative approaches and is adapted to the forensic context. The organisation of the FSG is explained and clinical vignettes are used to illustrate the therapeutic process. Finally, some reflections about the FSG are discussed.},
  author       = {Rowaert, Sara and Hanssens, Femke and Audenaert, Kurt and Vandevelde, Stijn and Lemmens, Gilbert},
  issn         = {0814-723X},
  journal      = {AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {487--500},
  title        = {A family support group for family members of offenders with a mental illness, part 2 : treatment protocol},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1336},
  volume       = {39},
  year         = {2018},
}

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