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Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference

Symposium on Parent Support: Emerging Empirical Evidence – Part 2

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Session Number: 15 Room: Salon A-B

Presentation Type: symposium

Chair: Krista Kutash Discussant: Marlene Penn


Date: Monday, March 2, 2009

Session Time: 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Parents as Change Agents: The Parent Empowerment Program for Parent Advisors

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Presenting: Kimberly Hoagwood; Geraldine Burton

All Authors for this paper: Kimberly Hoagwood; Geraldine Burton; James Rodriguez; Marlene Penn; Serene Olin

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Nationally, a growing number of studies are examining targeted support services for parents or caregivers of children with mental health needs. Different models of peer family support exist. One theory-based training model for parent advisors who provide peer-to-peer support has been developed in New York. Pilot data from four studies on the impact of this empowerment training program on parent advisors and parents will be presented.

Development, Implementation and Evaluation of the NAMI Basics Education Program

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Presenting: Teri Brister

All Authors for this paper: Teri Brister

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation will provide an overview of NAMI Basics. NAMI Basics is a six-session peer-led educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with a mental illness. Prior studies have identified these course elements as instrumental: (1) recognition of mental illness as a continuing traumatic event; (2) sensitivity to subjective emotional issues; (3) need for help with the day-to-day burdens of care and management; (4) development of confidence and stamina; and (5) empowerment as an effective advocate. A two-state evaluation is currently underway to examine the impact of NAMI Basics on parental stress, parental empowerment, parental self-care, and family problem solving and communication skills.