Date of Award

Spring 4-14-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Jessica Brown


Bipolar disorder, adolescent, suicide, family, treatment


This group manual has been created for adolescents experiencing Bipolar Disorder symptoms. Among the literature regarding this population there is a lack of focus on suicidal tendencies and family functioning. High rates of suicidal ideation and attempts are an area of concern among adolescents. Family functioning has also been identified as a concern, as it is a cause of stress among adolescents with bipolar disorder. A focus on prevention of suicidal tendencies and improving family functioning is imperative within this population. A group manual was developed that reflects the needs of this population. The group will serve adolescents ages 15 to 17 years old by providing them with coping mechanisms, support, and hopeful improvement in the family functioning. Techniques from theories such as Child and Family Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CFF-CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) will be utilized throughout The Journey Group due to their effectiveness in treating bipolar disorder.

Included in

Counseling Commons