When a loved one is suffering with a mental illness, those around him or her suffer, as well. The Center for Behavioral Medicine offers an intensive, skills-based program to help family members better understand their loved one's chronic mental illness and deal with the challenging behaviors that accompany it.
Format: Family Skills Training consists of two parts. The first part is a day-long workshop, and the second consists of eight two-hour sessions on a weeknight every other week.
Who Should Attend: We like to encourage more than one family member to attend together. Therefore, up to two adult relatives of the same family member can attend all sessions for one price! This may be a spouse/partner, significant other, parent, sibling, or adult child. Regular attendance is required by all registered participants at all sessions.
How to Enroll: Call our office at 262-782-2820 to obtain information and an application. An application can also be downloaded from this website, under the "Forms and Information" link. We offer this program when enough interested participants are enrolled, and we do limit class size, so be sure to reserve your spot. The cost of the program is $700, and one or two adult family members can attend all sessions for this one price. We are not able to bill insurance for the Family Skills Program.
2017 Family Skills Meeting Dates:
Day-Long Workshop (8:00 am-4:30 pm): Saturday, January 14
Eight Tuesday Evenings (6:00-8:00 pm): January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 12
Goals of Past Family Skills Participants:
To gain knowledge of ways to helped our loved one
Learn time management skills
Gain knowledge and understanding of mood regulation illnesses
Learn acceptance of the illness and the person
Learn validation skills
Learn effective communication
Learn skills for good self-care
Learn healthy boundaries
Learn about self-regulation
Learn how to assess danger and what to do
Build confidence in skills use
Learn about how emotions work
Be able to share skills with others
Build an increased sense of hope
Learn how to love effectively and encouragingly
Learn how to identify realistic expectations
Learn how to heal harm
Center for Behavioral Medicine Maplewood Executive Center 250 North Sunnyslope Road, Suite 203 Brookfield, WI 53005 Phone: 262-782-2820 Fax: 262-782-6937