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Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 51-66

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A Psychoeducational Program for Children with ADHD or Depression and their Families: Results from the CMAP Feasibility Study

  • Molly A. LopezAffiliated withTexas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, The University of TexasTexas Department of State Health Services Email author 
  • , Marcia G. TopracAffiliated withTexas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
  • , M. Lynn CrismonAffiliated withTexas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, The University of Texas
  • , Christine BoemerAffiliated withSouthwestern Medical Center, The University of Texas
  • , Jennifer BaumgartnerAffiliated withChildren’s Medical Center, Southwestern Medical Center, The University of Texas

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Abstract

For children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders and their families, education about their disorders and the treatments is an essential component of a comprehensive approach to their care. Education can encourage active participation in treatment, enhance adherence to treatment regimens, and provide patients and families with important coping skills. Thus, the Children’s Medication Algorithm Project (CMAP) incorporated a psychoeducational program into the medication algorithm created to improve treatment of children with ADHD and/or depression in the Texas public mental health sector. This article describes the process by which a comprehensive educational program was developed in partnership with parents and advocates. The final program is described, as well as a pilot study to examine the feasibility of implementation in four community clinics.

Keywords

pshycoeducation education major depressive disorder attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Children’s Medication Algorithm Project treatment algorithm