The prevalence of dementia diagnoses has rapidly increased over the past several decades. Family caregivers of persons with dementia face numerous daily challenges that can negatively impact their well-being. The wellness of caregivers is affected by a range of emotional, social, existential, and self-care factors; hence a mental health counseling approach that addresses these elements is needed. The Indivisible Self (IS-WEL) model is an evidence-based framework for conceptualizing the wellness construct and includes multiple factors that are associated with caregiver well-being. Wellness counseling utilizing the IS-WEL model offers a structure for providing counseling services that support the whole caregiver by mobilizing strengths, improving coping, and enhancing overall well-being. A case vignette demonstrating the application of the IS-WEL model for treatment planning and wellness counseling with a caregiver is presented.
Wellness-Based Counseling for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia
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Philip B. Clarke, Jonathan K. Adams, Joseph R. Wilkerson, Edward G. Shaw; Wellness-Based Counseling for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia. Journal of Mental Health Counseling 1 July 2016; 38 (3): 263–277. doi: https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.38.3.06
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