«Competent Parents»

Counseling groups for parents who have children with disabilities (2006 – 2008)

This intervention study was developed and implemented in collaboration with parent representatives at the Center for Health Promotion, Akershus University Hospital. The aim of the study was to give parents of children with disabilities the opportunity to stop and think about themselves and their situation, and become aware of how they could make changes that could lead to a better life for both themselves and their family. The group program consisted of four meetings, (each five hours in length) over an initial three-month time period, and three follow-up meetings every six months thereafter. In total, there were nine groups of parents who participated (more than 40% were fathers). The parents described their own individual processes of change – through increased self-awareness and self-discovery – as well as the changes they made in their own lives. The changes were enduring because they were related to the recognition of their own values («what is important to me») and their own emotions.



Counseling group manual

Final Report

Contact information
Karen Therese Sulheim Haugstvedt, Special Advisor, PhD
E-mail: karen.therese.sulheim.haugstvedt@ahus.no
Telephone: +47 67 96 89 50
Address: Norwegian HPH, Akershus University Hospital
Postboks 1000, 1478 Lørenskog, Norway

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