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