S59: Single session family consultation at NorthWestern Mental Health.

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Authors: Michelle Swann, Lisa Hebel

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation,Clinical Issues,Change, Innovation, Reform

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: NorthWestern Mental Health (NWMH) is one of the largest publicly funded mental health services in Australia and provides comprehensive hospital-based, community and specialist services to youth, adults and aged people across northern and western Melbourne.

Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC) is an approach informed by single session therapy and the family consultation model. It involves 1 - 3 consecutive meetings between a worker and family, including the consumer. The aim of these meetings is to clarify the nature of family involvement in the work with the consumer and to assist the whole family identify and respond to their own needs.

The Single Session Family Consultation model has been 'rolled out' across the whole of NWMH. The NWMH Family Work Steering Committee (FWSC) has overseen the development of this project including arranging training in the SSFC model from The Bouverie Centre, Victoria's Family Institute and encouraging mental health clinicians from all disciplines to participate. The training and support from the FWSC has helped to equip staff with skills in facilitating productive and respectful meetings with families, including the consumer.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The audience will gain an appreciation of the impacts of implementing the Single Session Family Consultation model across six separate mental health services within NorthWestern Mental Health including an increased emphasis on family sensitive and inclusive practice within the clinical mental health environment.

Learning Objective 2: The Single Session Family Consultation model is an effective, productive vehicle to meet the needs of important stakeholders in our mental health services, including families, consumers and mental health clinicians. This model encourages and supports a tripartite approach to mental health care.

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