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Assessment of Parenting Competency in Mothers with Mental Illness

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Teresa Ostler, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Ostler is a licensed clinical psychologist and received her bachelor of arts degree and doctoral degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973 and 1984, respectively. She joined the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an associate professor in 2003. Prior to this, she was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the lead psychologist on the Parenting Assessment Team, a multidisciplinary team that assessed the parenting capabilities of individuals with mental illness who had lost custody of their children. Dr. Ostler's research focuses on parent child attachment relationships, individuals with major mental illness as parents, children of parents with major mental illness and substance use problems, and children in foster care.


"An invaluable resource for practitioners involved with mothers with mental illness and their children." -- Megan Kirshbaum, Ph.D.
"What we can learn about the parent, the child, and the relationship with the help of Dr. Ostler's work can form the basis of individual case plans that can provide the case specific interventions we need to provide the best chance of keeping the family together."--Cindy Lederman, J.D."Presiding Judge, Miami-Dade Juvenile Court" (08/07/2007)
"An essential guide, drawing from an extensive review of the scientific literature, exhaustive consideration of relevant assessment tools and strategies, and years of research and clinical practice."--Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D."Professor of Psychiatry, Licensed Psychologist Provider, Center for Mental Health Services Research; Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School" (08/28/2007)
"An indispensable reference . . . should be required reading for child welfare, mental health, and legal professionals who serve the children and families of our child protection courts."--Denise Kane, Ph.D."Inspector General, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services" (08/29/2007)
"An invaluable resource for practitioners involved with mothers with mental illness and their children." --Meghan Kirshbaum, Ph.D.

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