Authors: Joukje Mulder, NT
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: northern territory, Workforce, Leadership, PSYCHOEDUCATION GROUPS, FAMILIES, MENTAL HEALTH
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Three Psychoeducation and support groups for families and carers were designed and facilitated between 2003 and 2005. Action Research was utilised to facilitate the continuing design and implementation of the groups, defining the ongoing needs of family members and determining the effectiveness and process involved in the delivery of the model. Outcomes from the study indicated that providing a two fold focus of support and education is able to work towards meeting the needs of family members for information and knowledge and reducing the sense of isolation and burden felt. Grief and loss issues were indicated to be pivotal in this process.