Self-Understanding is Key for Caregivers

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Norwegian and Swedish researchers studied the experiences of 67 parents of children disabilities. They found that enhanced self-understanding and discussion of existential issues was the “core category” that strengthened parents to find new possibilities and priorities in handling the situation. A secure setting for sharing experiences with peers and for exploring emotions and connecting thoughts with bodily reactions was also important. Results appeared online in the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences on May 24, 2012.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]