Program for Caregivers Involved With Mental Health Services

Therapuetic Areas:Psychiatry / Psychology
Age Range:18 - 65
Start Date:April 2012
Contact:Thomas McMahon, PhD
Phone:(203) 974-5950

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Feasibility Study of a Mentalization-based Parenting Program for Female Caregivers Involved in Mental Health Services.

The purpose of this two-year pilot study is to adapt a 12-week attachment-based parenting
intervention (Parenting from the Inside Out or PIO) originally developed for substance
abusing mothers (as part of an ongoing NIDA-funded treatment development study; R01 DA17294)
for implementation with female adult caregivers who have or are at risk for long-term
interpersonal conflict with family members, children, or significant others and are caring
for a child between the ages of birth and 7 years. The PIO intervention involves 12-24
weekly 1 hour individual therapy sessions with Masters level therapists who are trained and
supervised by Dr. Suchman (the Principal Investigator) in the PIO approach.

Inclusion Criteria:

- receive psychiatric services through the adult or young adult treatment team at the
West Haven Mental Health Clinic

- have a child receiving psychiatric services through the child treatment team at the
West Haven Mental Health Clinic

- express interest in receiving a parent intervention at the West Haven Mental Health

Exclusion Criteria:

- severe mental health problems (e.g., suicidal, homicidal, psychosis, thought

- severely cognitively impaired

- have psychiatric or substance-related symptoms requiring inpatient hospitalization or
ambulatory detoxification

- are not fluent in English

- child has a serious illness or significant developmental delay (e.g., cognitive,
language, or motor)
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