Caregiver Family Therapy: An Integrative Intervention for Family Caregivers

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 7

Oftentimes, caregivers experience increased burden and distress while the care recipient struggles to adapt. This impact reverberates throughout the family. Psychologists can help families address the challenges and opportunities of caregiving, and navigate the transitions. CFT offers a systemic approach to intervention that integrates many evidence based approaches within a structured model. Clinicians use key questions to help families to tailor interventions that guide families through difficult decisions, changes in roles, and more effectiveness within the healthcare system. Clinical cases are used throughout this workshop to illustrate the tools and strategies that help family systems adapt. Original webcast date: Nov. 7, 2014.

Learning Objective 1
Describe how stages of caregiving influence focus of assessment and intervention.

Learning Objective 2
Discuss how the CFT model guides families to address caregiving challenges.

Learning Objective 3
Identify strategies that can change in families that are stuck.

Presenter: Sara Honn Qualls, PhD

Dr. Qualls is Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Dr. Qualls has worked with family caregivers for over 30 years that led to development of Caregiver Family Therapy model. She has published several books on mental health and aging, including Caregiver Family Therapy in 2013. She served on the 2011 APA Presidential Task Force on Caregiving that produced the APA Caregiver Briefcase online tool and held many national leadership roles. At UCCS, she helped found a doctoral program and training clinic focused on geropsychology where she trains students in CFT.

Supplementary Materials

  • Caregiver Therapy PowerPoint Presentation
  • References