Years of treating Bipolar and related Mood Disorders at our Center has taught us that how a patient’s support network responds and adjusts to their illness can significantly impact treatment outcomes. The Caregivers Group is designed to give family members and caregivers the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of Bipolar and related Mood Disorders and to become active partners in treatment as a supportive caregiver unit.
Our treatment team sets caregivers up for success by providing them with Attachment and Family Systems, Dynamic, and Cognitive and Behavioral Skills-based Therapy techniques, and by promoting four essential areas of focus:
- Caregiver Psychoeducation – Caregivers receive a comprehensive understanding of Bipolar and related Mood Disorder symptomatology, course of the illness, types of treatments, and factors that exacerbate and/or alleviate symptoms.
- Insight Building – Caregivers are supported to identify common behavioral and communication patterns that often interfere with treatment progress, while also shedding light on important family dynamics that may impact independence.
- Skills Building – Caregivers engage in a collaborative process to improve communication skills, develop effective strategies to manage symptoms, and practice behaviors that can nurture autonomy.
- Relapse Prevention Planning – Caregivers are supported in identifying early warning signs of a mood related episode, and collaborating on an action plan, which includes knowing when to seek help from the TIP team, medication management, and building skills to work towards stabilization.
Providing education and support for the whole caregiver unit is the gold standard of treatment management. When caregivers are equipped with an understanding of the illness and a plan of action, patients are far more likely to thrive in treatment and beyond. This group provides caregivers with evidence-based and clinically tested tools to support their loved ones on their path to health and independence.