Family Caregivers: Disability, Illness, and Ageing

By Hilary Schofield; Sidney Bloch et al. | Go to book overview

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A SURVEY OF CAREGIVER
COUNSELLING
Evaluation of several counselling programs in Australia and overseas indicates that individual, family and group counselling may be helpful in reducing carers' burden, depression and distress, and in dealing with other difficulties arising from the caregiving role. 1 But few carers in our study used counselling services: only 17% reported having ever received counselling on their relative's condition or their own needs. At Stage 2, only 12% of carers had received counselling in the past year, although 10% said they needed or wanted counselling.The literature on counselling for carers indicates a considerable diversity of conceptual approaches:
eclectic psychotherapy
brief psychodynamic therapy
family therapy, specifically insight-oriented and behavioural approaches
problem, cognitive behavioural therapy
crisis intervention. 2
The modes of delivery, both here and overseas, are equally diverse:
telephone counselling
home-based counselling
individual carer counselling
family counselling
group counselling for carers and family groups. 3

There are also variations in the duration of programs and the training

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