Establishing An Evidence-Based Program For Consumers And Families In The Psychiatric Disabilitiy And Rehabilitation Support Services (Pdrss): Working In Partnership To Address Unmet Family Needs.

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Authors: Janet Glover, Peter McKenzie, Rebecca Bereny, Carol Harvey, Laura Hayes and Judy Hamann, VIC

Year: 2009

Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference

Subject: CARERS, FAMILIES,EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE, Family & culture, psychoeducational model of Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT)

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765357

Abstract: Aim: To describe the setting up and implementation of a family focused program based on the psychoeducational model of Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) in a Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation Support Services (PDRSS) setting. This presentation will outline an initiative between Mind (PDRSS), the Bouverie Centre and the Psychosocial Research Centre-North West Area Mental Health Service (PRC) who partnered to deliver and evaluate an evidence based psychoeducational model of service to families. The challenges, successes and learning, experienced by the PDRSS family workers while implementing BFT to families with complex needs and in a multi-service environment, will be described. The evaluation reported unmet consumer and family needs, and in itself served as a positive component of the therapeutic process by providing an anonymous avenue for these needs to be heard.

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