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Aldridege, J. and Becker, S. (2003) Children Caring for Parents with Mental Illness: Perspectives of Young Carers, Parents and Professionals .   London: The Policy Press

This is a research-based text to examine the experiences and needs of children caring for parents with a diagnosis of severe mental illness; it provides the perspectives of children, parents and key professionals in contact with these families. 

Barrowclough, C. and Tarrier, N. (1997) Families of Schizophrenic Patients: Cognitive Behavioural Intervention London: Nelson Thorns

This book includes methods of educating the family about the illness, reducing stress in family members and helping families to promote the well being of the patient.   Describes the breakthrough in providing care for the whole family using cognitive behavioural techniques.


Department of Health (2002) Mental Health of Carers .  Department of Health: London

This report looks at the extent to which carers experience mental health problems and considers a number of factors associated with an increase of such symptoms, including socio-demographic and health characteristics of carers, the characteristics of those they care for, and the level of support they receive.   It also examines the extent to which those carers with mental health needs receive treatment.


Gopfert, M., Webster, J. and Seeman, M.V. (2004). Parental Psychiatric Disorder: Distressed Parents and Their Families Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Mental illness in a parent can have serious effects on the child, a fact that is surprisingly unreflected in clinical service provision.  An international, multidisciplinary team of professionals reviews the most up-to-date treatment interventions from a practical, clinical point of view in this completely rewritten new edition; it will be essential reading for all professionals dealing with adult mental illness and child-care.


Hogman, G. and Pearson, G. (1995) The Silent Partners: The Needs and Experiences of People who Provide Informal Care to People with Severe Mental Illness .  National Schizophrenia Fellowship: Kingston


Kuipers, E., Leff, J. and Lam, D. (2002) Family Work for Schizophrenia: A Practical Guide .  (2nd Edition) London: Gaskell

The second edition retains the original sections, including engaging the family, treading the fine line between working as a family worker and being a guest in the family's home, improving communication, teaching problem-solving and cultural issues.   Material has been added on the evidence base for family work for schizophrenia and on the emotional responses of siblings.   The guide has been further enriched with the authors' experience of working with families over the ten years since the first edition was published.


Leff, J. (2005/6) Advanced Family Work for Schizophrenia London: Gaskell

This is a book for experienced family workers.   The layout of the chapters is quite helpful; in particular the supervisor’s suggestions are of a very practical benefit.  Some of the terminology is not very family or person cantered for example: dysfunctional families, drug resistant delusions, affected member, and expressed emotion.


McFarlane, W.R. (2002) Multifamily groups in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorder London: The Guilford Press

There are three sections to this book: Part One: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Multifamily Group Work, Part Two: The practice of multifamily group work, Part Three: Applications of multifamily group work in other disorders and contexts.


Smith, G., Gregory, K and Higgs, A. (2007 An integrated approach to Family Work for Psychosis: A Manual for Family Workers.  Jessica Kingsley: UK

This text explores Family Work as an integrated psychosocial and educational support strategy in the area of psychosis and will increase the competence and confidence of novice Family Workers


Spaniol, L., Zipple, A., Marsh, D. and Finley, L. (2000).  Role of the Family in Psychiatric Rehabilitation: A Workbook Boston: Boston University

An interesting and exciting text on the role of the family in rehabilitation.


The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (1999) Professional Resource Guide and Carers' Information Pack Oxford: Oxford University Press

A resource pack for those people working with families who are living with a person diagnosed with schizophrenia.  The pack includes a detailed guide to the family approach, psycho-education and how to provide practical support for carers.