What do Psychologists Need to Know to Help Family Caregivers?

Domains of Knowledge

  • The courses and treatments, as well as psychological sequelae, of common medical conditions (e.g., heart disease, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, developmental disabilities, diabetes, cancer, lung disease, chronic pain).
  • Family development and systems.
  • Typical caregiver experiences (“strains and gains”).
  • Health and psychosocial consequences of caregiving.
  • Social, cultural and spiritual contexts of caregiving.
  • Caregiver support systems and resources (e.g., healthcare, social service, housing, community).
  • Interprofessional health care service delivery models (e.g., patient-centered medical home) including strategies for participating in health  care of care recipient.