Wishing Wellness: A Workbook for Children of Parents with Mental Illness

Wishing Wellness: A Workbook for Children of Parents with Mental Illness


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Wishing Wellness is a workbook for the child whose mother or father is suffering from a serious mental illness. Packed with information, interactive questions, and fun activities, it's an ideal tool for children and their therapists or other professional mental health workers, covering:

  • How the brain works
  • Causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental illness
  • Feelings and what to do with them
  • Good relationships with parents
  • Talking to friends and others
  • Roles, rights, and responsibilities in the family
  • Coping with prejudice
  • Building a circle of support
A "Therapist Resource Guide" is available online at https://www.apa.org/pubs/magination/441A313-guide.pdf 

From the "Therapist Resource Guide"

Wishing Wellness was created as a therapeutic tool for children who have a parent with a major mental illness. Children in this situation are at risk for emotional, behavioral, and intellectual difficulties, as well as developmental delays, school achievement problems, deficits in social functioning, and later drug and alcohol abuse. They are at greater risk for mental illness themselves, both as children and adolescents, and later in life. However, the risks are minimized when these children learn the facts about mental illness and when they receive the emotional support and understanding of a mental health professional.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591473138
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 796,459
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa Anne Clarke is a professional child, youth, and family counselor who specializes in helping families with a parent suffering from mental illness. An earlier draft of this book, titled "I Wish You Well Always," was developed by the author as part of the curriculum for a family outreach program in British Columbia. Lisa Anne Clarke lives on the west coast of Canada in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Bonnie Matthews is the illustrator numerous books for children, including What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Nail Biting and More and What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Sleep. She lives in Baltimore. Visit her at www.bonniematthewsillustration.com and follow her on Instagram: @bonnie_matthews_illustration.

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