Date of Award

Summer 2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Renee Stanton

Abstract

Serious mental illness often strikes during adolescence, a time of life when individuals typically prepare to navigate society as independent adults. Due to its symptoms and this crucial developmental interruption, people with serious mental illness often experience difficulties with acquiring and developing life skills. They often struggle to maintain financial independence or their physical health suffers as a result of poor diet and medication side effects. Most commonly, they struggle to develop competency in navigating the social demands of life and relationships. This project is a 12-module life skills group to provide support and group interventions regarding three life areas significantly affected by SMI: personal finances, nutrition and social skills. Each area consists of four individual hour-long groups to address more specific aspects. Research regarding the impact of serious mental illness on the development of these skills and factors that led to the selection of particular curriculum are described.

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