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Veteran-Centered Brief Family Consultation


Veteran-Centered Brief Family Consultation


Veteran-Centered Brief Family Consultation is a brief intervention designed to integrate the Veteran’s family and/or chosen supports into their recovery process. The intervention is typically 1-3 sessions with a maximum of 5 session. The documents and information available here are intended for clinicians who are implementing Family Consultation into their clinical practice.


Veteran Engagement Handout (click here to download pdf)

This engagement handout was designed to engage Veterans in Behavioral Family Therapy. However, a number of the questions used in this handout can be useful to engage Veterans in Family Consultation as well. You may find the questions listed on pages 5-7 particularly useful in your clinical practice.


The Family Guidelines (click here to download pdf)

The Family Guidelines are a set of ground rules for living with, and recovering from, a mental illness. The Guidelines can be given to both Veterans and their family members.


Family Needs Assessment Survey

The Family Needs Assessment Survey is a helpful assessment tool for Veterans and family members to complete prior to the first family consultation session. These measures assess for what Veterans and family members may want to get out of family consultation.

Family Needs Assessment Survey (Consumer Version) (click here to download pdf)

Family Needs Assessment Survey (Relative Version) (click here to download pdf)


Education Handouts – Specific Diagnoses and Medications

Education about mental health disorders and psychiatric medications is a common topic covered in Family Consultation. Numerous education handouts are available to you HERE. This is only a sampling of topics that can be covered in Family Consultation. Explore other resources available to you online, including the MIRECC Mental Health Education page.


Communication Skills Handouts

Communication Skills Training is a common topic covered in Family Consultation. Handouts on various communication skills are available to you HERE.


Problem-Solving Worksheet (click here to download pdf)

This worksheet guides the family through a 7 step approach to problem-solving.


Symptom Tracking and Relapse Prevention

Some families will benefit from learning how to identify warning signs and symptoms of relapse, track symptoms on a regular basis, and put a relapse prevention plan in place. These handouts will help you teach families these skills.

Warning Sign Assessment for Severe Mental Illness (click here to download pdf)

Symptom Tracking Worksheet (click here to download pdf)

Relapse Prevention Worksheet (click here to download pdf)


Family Services Website

The VA Family Services Website is available to VA clinicians only on the VA intranet. VA clinicians are encouraged to visit this site regularly for the most updated information about resources and VA family policy.


Contact Information

Our staff is available to you for further guidance or information. Direct questions about the Veteran-Centered Brief Family Consultation Online Training Series or the DVD to Noosha Niv, Ph.D. ( Direct more general questions about Family Consultation or VA family policy to the Director of the VA Marriage and Family Counseling Team, Shirley Glynn, Ph.D., (