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Veteran-Centered Brief Family Consultation Instructional Set

The purpose of Veteran-Centered Family Consultation is to integrate the Veteran’s family and/or chosen supports into the Veteran’s recovery process. Veteran-Centered Family Consultation is a brief intervention that usually takes 1 to 3 sessions (but no more than 5 sessions) and can be conducted with or without the Veteran present. Depending on the individual needs of the Veteran and the family, the intervention can provide education about mental illness, support, advocacy, advice, skills training and referral to mental health resources.

The DVD presents instructional and educational information about the core skills of Family Consultation. Topics covered include: how to inform and engage a Veteran in Family Consultation, how to inform and engage a family member in Family Consultation, the steps involved in Family Consultation sessions, how to conduct the initial sessions, and how to conduct the follow-up session. An array of clinical vignettes representing a range of issues and problems commonly seen in Family Consultation are also presented. The goal is to provide a sampling of the clinical skills used in Family Consultation and the types of problems that may be addressed in this context.
Running Time: 2 Hrs. 18 Min.; Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

The CD includes: handouts on engaging Veterans and their family members, assessment tools, education handouts regarding specific mental health diagnoses and medications, and handouts related to specific skills (e.g., communication skills, problem-solving skills, and symptom monitoring/relapse prevention).

For more information about this program, contact:

Noosha Niv, PhD
Director, VISN 22 MIRECC Education and Dissemination Unit
VA Long Beach Healthcare System
(323) 825-1328



VHA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Los Angeles, CA

VHA Long Beach Healthcare System
Long Beach, CA

VHA San Diego Healthcare System
San Diego, CA
858-552-8585 Ext. 2261