ERIC Number: ED355717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Planning for Deinstitutionalization: Supporting a Single Parent Father.
Brown, Margaret Elizabeth
This practicum provided support to isolated parents whose institutionalized children with mental handicaps were being returned to the community. It focused specifically on an isolated single parent father with a teenage daughter. The father joined a parent group for support. Support was provided to the father by assisting him in accessing information on community services for the child, exploring the development of new services, individual counseling including unlimited access by telephone, encouragement and support to join a parent self-help group, development and practice of advocacy skills, role-playing preparation prior to meetings with government officials, debriefing following such meetings, and reinforcement and celebration of successful advocacy efforts. Following support and training, growth was noted in the father's knowledge of community services, his self-confidence and empowerment, his ability to develop a written community living plan for the child, and his use of advocacy skills to secure his child's future. Other members of the parent group showed similar gains, but had not moved as far along in the process. Appendices contain pre-interview and post-interview guiding questions and an individual community living plan which addresses physical health, communication, psychological health, behavior, self-care skills, community integration, and projection of required services. (Contains 31 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Advocacy, Community Programs, Counseling, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Fathers, Individual Counseling, Individual Development, Institutionalized Persons, Mental Retardation, One Parent Family, Program Effectiveness, Rural Areas, Social Isolation, Social Support Groups, Training
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.