Responding To Parents’ Needs Parents With A Mental Illness: Responding Effectively To Their Needs

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Authors: Carmel Alakus & Rebecca Conwell, VIC

Year: 2004

Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference

Subject: The Collaborative Therapy Unit

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 0975765302

Abstract: Parents with a mental illness may feel extreme isolation and may avoid services fearing their children could be removed from their care. The Collaborative Therapy Unit, in Melbourne is working on a pilot program for parents with children aged of 0-5 years. The project aims to encourage consumers to develop skills that assist them as parents to manage having a mental illness and parenting a child. Essential to the development of this parenting program is the collaboration between mental health and other services to establish and problem solve needs for services and consumers. This material is then used to develop, implement, and evaluate training, group work or one to one packages, which these services can continue using once the evaluation is completed. Consumers are actively involved at the outset in their own care and the care of their child with the use of a Collaborative Therapy Journal.

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