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Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference

Symposium on Parent Support: Emerging Empirical Evidence – Part 1

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Session Number: 08 Room: Salon A-B

Presentation Type: symposium

Chair: Krista Kutash Discussant: Evelyn Green

Synopsis: Currently, there is an increased interest in providing empirical evidence for programs that provide support to parents and caregivers of children with emotional disturbances. While advocacy for family support programs is extensive, the empirical support remains sparse. Demonstrating the effectiveness of parent support is crucial in order to inform policy makers and funders about the role of these programs in improving outcomes for children who have emotional disturbances. In this symposium, several models of parent support programs will be presented along with emerging empirical evidence of their effectiveness. Discussants will provide the family perspective and implications for future research will be presented.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009

Session Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

An Empirical Investigation of a Parent Support Program: Parent Connectors

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Presenting: Albert Duchnowski; Krista Kutash

All Authors for this paper: Albert Duchnowski; Krista Kutash

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation will describe a random controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of a support program for parents of children with emotional disturbance (ED). Parents of children with ED were trained to become Parent Connectors and deliver support to parents in the study through weekly telephone calls. The data show that a telephone support project is feasible and can be successful in improving outcomes of families. Improvements in both the academic and emotional functioning of children were noted.

Psychoeducational Psychotherapy: A Collaborative Family-Clinician Model of Care

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Presenting: Mary Fristad

All Authors for this paper: Mary Fristad

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation will describe psychoeducational psychotherapy, a collaborative therapeutic modality designed to provide social support, information and skill building to children and families. Clinical trials in children aged 8-12 with major mood disorders demonstrate reduced mood symptom severity immediately following treatment with improvement continuing throughout 12 additional months of follow-up. Improving family attitudes toward mood disorders leads to seeking improved care which, in turn, leads to improved outcome. An effectiveness trial is now underway in the community and will also be discussed.