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A full recording of the webinar and related resources, including slides, audio and a transcript, is now available.
The full recording of the webinar is also available on our YouTube Channel.
This webinar explored how practitioners can share information about children’s mental health (0-12 years) and effectively engage parents to support prevention and early intervention for child mental health difficulties.
Drawing upon practice wisdom, research findings and lived experience, Angela, Myfanwy and Mandy explored how practitioners can tailor information about child mental health to:
- meet families’ unique needs
- reflect the circumstances that impact on family relationships, social relationships and relational capabilities.
This webinar also examined some of the factors that might get in the way of engaging parents during this process and how these barriers can be approached.
This webinar was co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds. They are working together as part of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.
- Sharing information with parents about children’s social and emotional wellbeing: A step-by-step approach. Myfanwy McDonald, Emerging Minds (2018)
This practice resource outlines how practitioners in universal health, education and community service settings can share high-quality information with parents about children’s social and emotional wellbeing and mental health in an engaging and respectful way.
- Why is it difficult for parents to talk to practitioners about their children’s mental health? Myfanwy McDonald, Emerging Minds (2018)
This practice paper is about why it is difficult for some parents to talk to practitioners about their children’s mental health and what practitioners can do to make it easier for parents to have those conversations. This resource is intended for practitioners who work with the parents of children aged 0–12 years.
- Building Blocks for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing , Emerging Minds (2018)
This eLearning Course is aimed at anyone who works with parents of children aged 0-12 years. Allied health professionals, nurses, general practitioners, social services and early childhood education and care professionals will all benefit from learning how to work collaboratively with parents to provide them with effective and quality information and resources to support their children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
- Engaging Parents - An Introduction, Emerging Minds (2018)
This eLearning Course introduces you to ways that you can actively and effectively engage with parents about their children’s social and emotional wellbeing. This course is the first in a suite of two courses. Both this course and its companion – Engaging Parents in Context (for release Feb 2019) – support practitioners to sensitively engage with parents about their children’s social and emotional wellbeing by strengthening practitioners understanding of factors and circumstances that impact on parents’ family and social relationships and their relational capabilities.
- Effective Communication with Parents: for Professionals. Raising Children’s Network
This web-based resource explains why effective communication is the key to establishing and maintaining positive partnerships with parents, and how professionals working with parents, can develop a positive partnership, share knowledge and experience to understand a child’s situation, and developing plans together to support the child.
- Supporting recovery in families affected by parental mental illness: CFCA Practitioner Resource. Price-Robertson, R., Olsen, G., Francis, H., Obradovic, A., and Morgan, B. (2016)
This practice paper outlines ways in which practitioners can support healing and recovery in families affected by parental mental illness.
- Introducing the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health: A focus for all health and welfare practitioners
This CFCA short article introduces the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which aims to build workforce capacity to better support children at risk of mental health conditions.
Comment from presenter
Hi, this is Angela dropping in with a quick repeat of my invitation about specific questions or feedback related to the Engaging with Parents content of Tuesdays webinar. In discussion with Mandy, as we prepared over the past few months, we guessed it may generate some post-webinar conversation. So we are up for it. On that note I also wanted to highlight that as a Child and Family Partner with Emerging Minds, Mandy is actively supported in the process of any activity she contributes to, before during and afterwards. So acknowledging the shared space we had during the webinar, I also wanted to encourage any of you who may be reflecting on professional or personal parallels to consider touching base with your own support networks. It does indeed take a village, and we are all entitled to draw on its support.