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

'Family Focus' intervention - eLearning course

For mental health professionals

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About the course

The Family focus intervention is an evidence-based program designed for mental health professionals treating parents with depression and/or anxiety to foster resilience in their children and the family unit.

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Who is it for?

  • Experienced clinical mental health professionals
  • Appropriately trained psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and general practitioners

Why use it?

  • It’s evidenced based; proven to reduce the risk for children who live with parental mental illness
  • It's free and provides elearning CPD points
  • It's interactive, practical and engaging - making learning easier

How long does it take?

  • It is estimated at 10-12 hours (there are several video scenarios to watch) - but you can take it at your own pace as it's accessible 24/7 online.

Professional Endorsement:

The Family Focus intervention course is professionally endorsed by:

  • ACRRM: 30 PRPD points. 
  • RACGP QI and CPD Program Category 1: 40 points.
  • GPMHSC Focused Psychological Strategies Continuing Professional Development (FPS CPD)
  • ACMHN: 1.5 CPE pts per module.


Members of Australian Psychological Society and Occuptational Therapists can accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. These may be self-initiated. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS or OT Australia.

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"Evidence shows programs like Family Focus can break the generational cycle to prevent the onset of mental illness in as many as four out of ten children."

Dr William Beardslee
Gardener Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School