Keeping Families & Children in Mind

Keeping Families & Children in Mind


Combination of group work and e-learning (laptop not required)


Participants will develop practical skills and competencies to be able to:
• Reflect on the effects of mental illness and addiction on parenting and the effects of parenting on mental illness/addiction
• Analyse the stressors and supports that can affect the parenting role and parent’s recovery from mental illness/addiction, including the role of Mental Health & Addiction Services
• Describe the risk and protective factors that influence a child’s development and well being
• Reflect on how to improve the resilience of children who have a parent who experiences mental illness/addiction and explain factors that enhance family resilience
• Describe issues that arise regarding family culture, communication and parental mental illness/addiction
• Describe the role and issues of carers within a family where a parent experiences mental illness/addiction, in particular young carers and grandparent carers
• Reflect on how a child and family focus can be applied to everyday work practice when supporting families within the mental health and addiction system


Risk and protective factors, determinants affecting mental health, stigma, service user as a parent, barriers for clinicians, importance of talking to children, impact of mental illness on the family, strengths based approach, practical steps for clinicians, young carers and grandparent carers.

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Non-Werry Workforce Whāraurau Event (Werry Workforce Whāraurau does not endorse this event and takes no responsibility for the quality of the event) 

Thursday 7 November 2019
Whanganui DHB