Authors: Margaret Leggatt and Suzanne Turner, NSW
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Families and children
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper describes Families as Partners in Mental Health Care (FAP), a training program designed to support mental health professionals in working with families/carers in the treatment and care of a person with mental illness. The five modules provide professionals with practical skills in how to equip families with effective coping strategies. They cover an understanding of the impact of mental illness on families; effective communication with carers, helping carers communicate effectively within their own family; helping carers manage behaviours of concern; the role of family in recovery; and management of privacy and confidentiality issues. The modules have been developed from positive research evidence gained over the last 30 years which to date has not been effectively translated into routine clinical mental health practice. Recently, the FAP training was introduced into NorthWestern Mental Health Services, Melbourne. This paper describes the methods for implementation, training content and reports on some preliminary results.