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Facilitating Adjustment in Families with a Chronically-Ill Child

by Paula Finestone, PhD 5 CE Credits

The diagnosis of a chronic illness in a dependent child has implications for the entire family system. This online course  identifies the specific stressors resulting from parenting a chronically-ill child. How the patient’s needs and behaviors are impacted by the diagnosis and how these aspects can alter family dynamics and parenting style are discussed. Further, the impact on the marital dyad, as well as "healthy" siblings, is addressed. Methods to assess for maladaptive coping (i.e., post-traumatic stress symptoms) are reviewed and evidence-based approaches to enhance coping and facilitate adjustment within the system are presented.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Identify three categories of specific stressors in marital relationships resulting from parenting a chronically-ill child.
  • Describe four ways in which the patient’s, as well as the sibling’s, needs and behaviors are impacted by a child’s chronic illness and can alter parenting style.
  • Utilize strategies to assess seven potential maladaptive coping and post-traumatic stress symptoms in parents of chronically-ill children.
  • Recognize the efficacy of six evidence-based interventions to facilitate adjustment in these families.