“Flying over the radar”: Changing practice to support children and families where a parent has a mental illness

“Flying over the radar”: Changing practice to support children and families where a parent has a mental illness

Rose Cuff and Brad Morgan

This webinar described ways to foster systemic change in practice to improve outcomes for families where a parent has a mental illness.

This webinar was held on 26 February 2015.

The full webinar recording is now available on the CFCAtv YouTube Channel.

The transcript, slides and slide outline are available under Event Resources on this page.

Australia is a leader in the field of bringing about broad systemic change in practice to improve outcomes for children and families where a parent has a mental illness. This population of children and families used to “fly under the radar” of services, particularly adult mental health services.

This webinar, presented by Rose Cuff and Brad Morgan, described the significant shift in thought leadership, policy and practice that has occurred to change service delivery and to promote systemic child and family inclusive approaches.

The webinar provided participants with an overview of the work undertaken at a national level to implement practice change and develop a wide range of resources for the workforce and families. The linkages between child outcomes and parent recovery were highlighted, and evidence-based models for parents and families to support these vital relationships were provided.

Examples of changing practice within Victoria was also be presented, including useful models for supporting parent-child relationships in the context of parental mental illness.

This webinar was presented as part of our Focus on... Supporting families where a parent has a mental illness.

 

Feature image: Priceless by Lotus Carroll, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

About the presenters

Rose Cuff

Rose Cuff is an occupational therapist who has worked in child, adolescent and adult mental health services since 1986. Since 1995, she has focussed specifically on the area of supporting families where a parent has a mental illness through direct clinical practice, creating and implementing peer support and group programs, developing resources and conducting training and research. Since 2007 Rose has worked as the Statewide Coordinator for the Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) strategy, based at the Bouverie Centre in Melbourne. The FaPMI strategy is a Victorian government-funded initiative aimed at building capacity in services to promote better outcomes for these families.

Brad Morgan

Brad Morgan is Director of the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative.