Life is not only about worries, even though they are the reasons that the family engages with the mental health services. The presence of mental health problems and other concerns narrow the perspective and overshadows other aspects in the family's every day life. Therefore it is important to gently remind everyone about the strengths that they possess as a family as well as the good things they have besides th worries and problems.
Family-focused care is underpinned by the idea that the subjective experience of illness is valued, the family have an opportunity to share the illness narrative with professionals and that they are helped to maintain hope (Tweedell et al. 2004; Hultsjö et al. 2007.) This does not mean minimizing or ignoring the worries, but being open to discussing both the worries and strengths.
When working with families, empowerment is an important element and when strengths are discussed, empowerment is supported. As a professional you can create an empowering environment in the meeting and engage families with this activity (Gavois et al 2006). Motivational discussion might be one tool to use to help the family to recognize their own strengths (Mahone et al., 2011).
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