COPMI - Children of Parents with a Mental Illness - Keeping families in mind

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Introductory courses:

Support learners to understand the impact of parental mental illness on the entire family unit and to recognise the benefits of a family-sensitive approach to working with parents experiencing mental illness.

Evidence-based interventions:

Training based on evidence-based methods that have been demonstrated to improve the outcomes for children and families where a parent experiences a mental illness.

  • NEW: ''Let's Talk About Children' - a brief method designed to assist mental health professionals and parents who experience mental illness to have a structured discussion about parenting and their child's needs.
  • 'Family Focus' - a time-limited family intervention that aims to strengthen family communication, problem-solving and resilience.

'Child Aware' education:

Support professionals from a range of services to develop Child Aware practice. 

  • NEW: 'Child Aware Practice' - trains in building an organisational and workplace culture that embraces a range of practices and attitudes that aim to keep the 'child in mind'. The challenge is to provide the right service at the right time to families with vulnerabilities so that parenting can be supported, child abuse and neglect can be prevented and the effects of trauma and harm can be reduced.

  • 'Child Aware Supervision' - for supervisors of front-line staff in adult-focused health and social services.

COPMI resources are always developed under the guidance of people with lived experience of parental mental illness, leading researchers and service providers in the mental health field.

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Other FREE eLearning Courses

The educational courses below appear on external sites for professionals working with families and children where a parent has a mental illness.  Click on the orange arrows to view more.

Family Talk

‘Family Talk’ is a 6-8 session preventive intervention developed in the USA by Professor William Beardslee and colleagues for families and children where a parent experiences depression. The intervention has evidence for preventing depression in children and promoting family resilience. You can access this free online training by registering at FAMPod.

Let’s Talk

'Let’s Talk about the Children’ is a two-session intervention developed in Finland by Professor Tytti Solantus for families where a parent has mental illness.The intervention assists parents to identify and develop strategies to promote child and family strengths and to assist families to access additional services for children. You can access copies of the 6 training modules in the Health Professionals folder in the ‘Resource Pool’ at Kids Strengths.

Professionals Nurturing and Protecting Children: A Public Health Approach

The Australian Centre for Child Protection has developed this free training resource. It aims to support nursing and midwifery students and practitioners to develop the knowledge and skills to prevent child abuse and neglect and enhance the ability of families to nurture their children. It includes the module ‘Support for women and families experiencing mental illness’.

Parental mental health and families: eLearning

The UK’s Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has developed a number of free eLearning modules for professionals working with children and families where a parent has mental illness. These can be accessed from eLearning: Parental Mental Health and Families.

Connecting with families: Conversations that matter

KidsMatter have developed this online training course specifically for early childhood educators and teachers to help support their work with families. It is focused on how to build strong relationships with parents and families, including those where a parent has a mental illness, and how to manage difficult discussions.