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(p. 1) Introduction and Prep Session 

(p. 1) Introduction and Prep Session
(p. 1) Introduction and Prep Session

Bryan D. Carter

, William G. Kronenberger

, Eric L. Scott

, and Christine E. Brady

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date: 02 April 2020

This chapter provides the clinician with an overview of the clinical issues prevalent in working with teens with chronic illnesses and their families and the rationale and evidence supporting the Children’s Health and Illness Recovery Program (CHIRP) as an effective intervention designed to maximize teen functioning and independence. While many adolescents with chronic health problems are able to have normal developmental and social experiences, a number of factors related to having a chronic illness serve to adversely impact the teen’s ability to participate in crucial developmental experiences essential in preparing for the transition to young adulthood. The clinician is provided detailed background on the CHIRP model and strategies for conducting effective sessions with teens and parents to impart skills that can alter individual and family dynamics while supporting increased teen independence and self-confidence.

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