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Assessment of Parenting Competency in Mothers with Mental Illness [Paperback]

Teresa Ostler Ph.D.


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Nov. 7 2007 1557666652 978-1557666659 1

The stakes are undeniably high when it comes to deciding whether a mother with mental illness can raise her child in a safe, nurturing environment. Now, mental health professionals will have sound assessment strategies—refined over 10 years of study—that fairly evaluate the parenting competency of mothers with a wide range of mental illnesses, from "baby blues" to schizophrenia.

Going beyond measuring only the mother's degree of mental illness, the safety of the environment, or the rate of child development, this groundbreaking resource integrates multiple approaches so that professionals understand the full picture of parenting competency.

Mental health professionals will

  • Assess with confidence.This program is backed by more than 10 years of refinement and testing, and has been shown to produce superior evaluations.
  • Accurately profile parenting strengthsand weaknesses with state-of-the-art methodology.
  • Enhance every part of their parenting evaluation process, including interviews and observations, home visits, report writing, sharing results with the family, and testifying in court.
  • Discover the eight critical principlesfor ensuring that an assessment is sound.
  • Learn about available assessment instrumentsand get guidance on when to use each.
  • Limit biasby recognizing factors that can influence assessment results, such as cultural differences and high stress levels of parent and child.
  • Get keen insight into life with mental illnessthrough the compelling stories of mothers and children.

With this much-needed resource, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and child welfare professionals will be primed to conduct more accurate assessments, make informed decisions, build stronger mother-child relationships, and facilitate family preservation whenever possible.


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Teresa Ostler, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Ostler is a licensed clinical psychologist and received her bachelor of arts degree and doctoral degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973 and 1984, respectively. She joined the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an associate professor in 2003. Prior to this, she was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the lead psychologist on the Parenting Assessment Team, a multidisciplinary team that assessed the parenting capabilities of individuals with mental illness who had lost custody of their children. Dr. Ostler's research focuses on parent&child attachment relationships, individuals with major mental illness as parents, children of parents with major mental illness and substance use problems, and children in foster care.

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