Children's Health and Illness Recovery Program (CHIRP): Teen and Family Workbook

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"Being a teenager with a chronic illness can be challenging. The symptoms of an illness, particularly pain and fatigue, can interfere with just being a normal teen. The Children's Health and Illness Recovery Program, or CHIRP, was developed to teach teens and their family strategies to help them live as normal and quality a life as possible, while coping with the effects of their chronic illness. The skills acquired in the CHIRP intervention are life skills almost every teen can use, and these skills can be especially valuable for those working to overcome the negative effects of chronic illness. The CHIRP Teen and Family Workbook provides "evidence-based" activities shown to improve coping skills, stress management, communication skills, and functioning in teens with chronic medical conditions. In addition, family-based activities included in CHIRP assist teens and parents in developing more effective ways to communicate about their illness and increase teen confidence and independence in both managing their illness and their lifestyle. These skills are important building blocks to help teens move towards recovery, improvement in functioning and quality of life as they approach young adulthood. The skills acquired in the program also serve as a guide and motivation for continuing the gains teens and their families make in CHIRP"--

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Stress Identification and Management
ProblemSolving Skills
Relaxation Skills
ThoughtChallenging and ThoughtChanging Skills
Time Management and Prioritization
Increasing Teen Independence
Assertiveness and Relationships
Family Roles Communication and Support
Keys to Maintaining Progress
Relapse Prevention
The Problem of Chronic Pain
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Dr. Bryan Carter is a Professor with the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, and the Service Chief of the Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Service to Norton Children's Hospital. He is the primary developer of the CHIRP (Children's Health & Illness Recovery Program) manualized treatment intervention for adolescents and their families coping with the challenges of chronic illness, and co-editor with Kris Kullgren, PhD, of the Clinician Handbook of Pediatric Psychological Consultation in Medical Settings.

William G. Kronenberger, PhD, is Professor, Director of the Section of Psychology, and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). He serves as Chief of the Pediatric Psychology Testing Clinic and Co-Chief of the ADHD Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children. He is an author of several tests, including the Learning, Executive, and Attention Functioning scale (LEAF), Conduct-Hyperactivity-Attention-Oppositional Behavior Scale (CHAOS), the Pediatric Inpatient Behavior Scale (PIBS), and the Outburst Monitoring Scale (OMS).

Eric L. Scott, PhD is a pediatric psychologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. He directs the MiPAIN (Michigan Pediatric and Adolescent Interdisciplinary Network) program, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment program including physical therapy services, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, art and recreation therapy restoring health to individuals and their families with complex, chronic pain.

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