Keeping Families and Children in Mind: Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) Mental Health Worker Education Resource

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Authors: Australian Infant Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association (AICAFMHA)

Year: 2011

Event: 2011 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: SA

Award level: Finalist

Award category: E-Health Services

Abstract: The Keeping Families and Children in Mind: COPMI Mental Health Worker Education Resource (accessible at is a flexible online learning resource developed primarily for Australian mental health workers about working with families where a parent experiences mental illness. The resource can be accessed by individual learners or utilised by Workforce Educators in a group setting. It consists of six modules (Mental Health and Families, The Parent, The Child, The Family, Carers and Putting it into Practice) and is free, flexible, and easy to use. Videos and scenario-based interactive activities provide opportunities for workers to reflect on family focussed practice. The resource also provides practical strategies and many resources to assist workers to support families where a parent experiences mental illness. Parent consumers, their carers and children contributed substantially to the development of the resource and are featured in video and audio clips throughout, ensuring a strong ‘lived experience’ voice. Description of Facility/Organisation: AICAFMHA was formed by, and for, mental health workers and consumers of mental health services and their carers. The Association’s primary aim is to actively promote the mental health and wellbeing of infants, children, young people and their families. The COPMI national initiative is being undertaken by AICAFMHA with funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The aim of the COPMI initiative is to promote better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental health problem or disorder. The COPMI team currently consists of a Manager, Workforce Development Officer, Consumer and Carer Participation Officer and Information and Project Support Officers. The team works together with consumers, carers, children, academics and workers in the mental health and related sectors and secures the services of education, research and communications experts to develop information materials (for families and workers) and workforce education resources.

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