Angela Obradovic is a Workforce Development Officer with Emerging Minds. Prior to this role, she worked as an adult mental health social worker for over 25 years, following a career as a secondary school teacher in Victoria. Angela has a longstanding commitment to systemic change that acknowledges the impact of mental illness on relationships and the interdependent needs of all family members, in particular, parents and their dependent children. She has contributed to a number of publications and has presented extensively on relationally oriented mental-health practice.
This webinar was held on 12 February 2019.
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Practitioners working with parents regularly share information with them about child health and development. Sharing information with parents about child mental health is important because the issue is widely misunderstood.
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.
We 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.
Participants were encouraged to reflect on their own practice.
This webinar was the third in a series focusing on children's mental health. It has been 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.
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