A SURVEY OF CAREGIVER
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.
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
|• ||problem, cognitive behavioural therapy|
|• ||crisis intervention.
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.
There are also variations in the duration of programs and the training