Authors: Kerry Francis
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Clinical Issues, promotion, prevention and early intervention PPEI, resilience and grief, service delivery, implementation.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper aims to give participants playful strategies, games and new ideas for working with children of parents with a mental illness or addiction (COPMIA). It will also remind participants of the importance of play in a child’s life, and look at how to encourage and coach parents and family members to more fully engage in play with children of all ages. It will be emphasized that these strategies and games should be incorporated into an already well established therapeutic framework and are not designed to replace the need for training in the area of working with children. This paper will include a mixture of theory, demonstration (or possibly video clips), stories and small group discussion.
Building on current research about trauma and resilience, this paper raises the question: How do we creatively respond to this research in clinical practice? I will then address this question within the context of a playful, family systems but child-led approach.