What about the Family in Parental Mental Ill Health?

Course Outline

All adults have a one in four chance of experiencing a period of mental illness in their lifetime. Parents constitute a substantial proportion of mental health users and recent data indicates that 10-15% of children in the UK live with a parent who has a mental disorder. Although many parents with mental illness and their children can be remarkably resilient, being a parent with mental illness is especially challenging. Children in these families are at greater risk of a range of mental health problems and adverse life experiences. Many parents are concerned about the negative impact of their problems on their children and are especially fearful of losing custody of their children. Working directly with mental health users as parents and their children can have an immediate impact on the parents’ recovery process which safeguards the child. This ‘Think Family’ course will focus on how to use the Family Model effectively in working with families in the context of Adult Mental Health.

Who is the Course aimed at?

Mental Health Social Workers

How long is the Course?

1 day

What will you learn?

By the end of the training participants will:

  • Be able to identify and know how to address family issues to support the delivery of mental health service objectives and priorities.
  • Be aware of the impact of parental mental health issues on children, and be able to make appropriate referrals to children’s services or the think family team.

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