Rebuilding family relationship competencies as a primary health intervention

Brenda Reiss-Brennan, David Oppenheim, Judith L. Kirstein

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The authors present Relationship Competence Training (RCT), which is an organized conceptual framework developed by them for assessing a family's ability to mobilize their relational support in times of distress. RTC is a process of studying family relationship patterns and how these patterns influence family health. The RTC model is described as a method of promoting mental health as a part of everyday family health, which is suitable for health care providers working in a wide variety of environments who have in common the desire to offer continuity and value in promoting the health of the families under their care. RCT provides an empathie way of dealing with the "compassion fatigue" that health care providers often experience when managing complex family health issues in constantly changing and quality-strained primary health care environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-53
Number of pages13
JournalPrimary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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