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For use by parents and families, children, professionals who support them and other groups.

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Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (2009-2020)

The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 (the National Framework), endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in April 2009, is an ambitious, long-term approach to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and aims to deliver a substantial and sustained reduction in levels of child abuse and neglect over time. Under the […]

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Think child, think family: How adult specialist services can support children at risk of abuse and neglect

Author: Dorothy Scott

This article focuses on how adultspecialist services can support children at risk of abuse and neglect.

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Stress and resilience factors in parents with mental health problems and their children

Author: Lester Parrott, Gaby Jacobs and Diane Roberts

This SCIE briefing focuses on research regarding factors contributing to stress or resilience in families where one or both parents have mental health problems.

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SCIE Research Briefing 29: Black and minority ethnic parents with mental health problems and their children

Author: Ruby Greene, Richard Pugh and Diane Roberts

This document covers research that aids an understanding ofthe experiences of UK black and minority ethnic (BME) families where one or both parents have severe or enduring mental health problems and where children are under the age of 18. The briefing does not include older people (those aged 65 and over), dementia, detailed evaluations of […]

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SCIE Guide 30: Think child, think parent, think family – a guide to parental mental health and child welfare

SCIE has published a revised version of their Parental mental health and child welfare guide (first published in July 2009). The guide, which is about working with parents who have mental health problems and their children, has been updated to include’Putting it into practice’. The resource reviews the findings from the ten implementation sites across […]

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Working together with families and carers: Chief Psychiatrist’s Guideline

Author: Department of Human Services, Victoria

‘Clinical practice needs to be more sophisticated in the assessment of the role of family and others as carers and in their engagement in treatment and care so that it places appropriate value on the vital role that carers play in the recovery process. It establishes a partnership between clinicians and carers based on respect […]

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Why Draw Genograms Anyway?

Author: Jay Memmott

This powerpoint document very simply outlines what genograms are and how to use them to effeciently obtain family history and help you understand the target family and its members.

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YP-COPMI- Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley and surrounds

Covering the geographical areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley and surrounds. Consultation and education to Tamworth, Moree, Inverell and Armidale as requested. YP-COPMI is a clinical team whose staff include a clinical psychologist, two clinical nurse specialists and a registered nurse. YP-COPMI is part of Child and Adolescent Mental Health however, works within […]

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FAPMI (Families of Parents with Mental Illness) – Barwon, Colac

A joint project initiative between Barwon Health Mental Health and Glastonbury Community Services, operational since 2003. Funded as part of the statewide FAPMI with additional funding from Barwon Health and Glastonbury. Elements of the project include: Education of adult mental health staff, school, child and family sector. Facilitation of group programs for adolescents and primary […]

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COPMI Program – Perth Metro, Scarborough

The outreach service staff visit the families’ homes or where children and young people are most comfortable to meet. The COPMI Program offers the following: Individual counselling of children of parents affected by mental illness. Crisis planning and development of safety plans for children and their families. Identification of family support systems. Practical support for […]

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Temporary Family Care Respite Program – Canberra

The Temporary Family Care Program consists of a Mental Health Respite Program which provides care for children and young people from 0 to 17 years who experience mental health or whose parents experience mental health illness. The program consists of: Short term crisis care (up to three weeks) Regular monthly respite care (up a period […]

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Separated Mums – Perth

Separated Mums WA is a unique service that provides support to mothers before, during and after separation. Counsellors provide support, education and group workshops for mothers who want to: Access practical and emotional support and assistance. Negotiate shared care arrangements for their children. Communicate effectively with the other parent. Be prepared for mediation and to […]

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COPMI Program, Parents- Sydney Local Health Network

Covering the geographical areas of Marrickville, Redfern, Camperdown, Canterbury, Croydon, Bankstown and surrounds. Provision of resources, clinical work and group programs for families and children where a parent has a mental illness. Education, in service and consultation also provided to community members, health staff, education, non government organisations and other services regarding COPMI issues.

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Koping Program (SC-Koping), Parent services – Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast Koping Network (SC-Koping, 2002) is an association of government and non government agencies working collaboratively to support children and young people in a family system affected by mental health and/or dual diagnosis issues. The SC-Koping Program’s overarching aim is to reduce the impact and intensity of mental illness and dual diagnosis on […]

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Our Space: Metro South COPMI Program, Parents services – Logan-Beaudesert & Gold Coast

Our Space is a mental health promotion, illness-prevention and early intervention program. It aims to provide psycho-education, peer support to reduce feelings of isolation, opportunities to build resilience and coping skills, improve self-expression and creativity, as well as fostering a positive learning environment for children and parents, siblings or close relatives with a mental illness. […]

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Taz Kidz Clubs, Champs Camps and Parenting Support Programs

Taz Kidz Clubs is an early intervention program designed to prevent mental health difficulties in at risk children and young people. Psycho-social educational groups are run for children aged 7-12 years and adolescents 13-17 years who have a parent with mental illness. See a video about the program here: http://vimeo.com/74438154 Champs Camps is an early […]

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Family to Family Partnership – Perth metropoliton area

Family to Family Workshop series – 6 sessions for the whole family where a parent experiences a mental illness. This partnership arises from the family members themselves saying “”what we really needed was a place where the whole family could learn and share together about mental illness and how it affects each of us””. The […]

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AMEND (Assisting Mothers End the Need for Drugs) Program – Burpengary-Waterford West, Gold Coast

The AMEND Program provides an 18 session home-based relapse prevention and parenting enhancement program to pregnant and parenting women who experience problems related to their use of alcohol and other drugs. The program also provides individual or group counselling and support to children aged 0-18 affected by a parent’s or caregiver’s substance use. The AMEND […]

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Prevention Team – Parenting and COPMI- Central Coast Gosford

COPMI’s position coordinates a range of prevention and capacity building strategies: education, training and consultation for MH services and key partners such as service development for COPMI services on the Central Coast, facilitating Mental Health and Parenting programs for parents with mental health problems, facilitating mental health first aid programs and mental health literacy programs […]

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COPMI Coordinator, Parents- Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District- Penrith

Activities: Consultation, supervision and advocacy. Education and training for Mental Health Workers and other professionals. Groups for children, adolescents and parents. Local implementation of the NSW Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) Framework for Mental Health Services 2010-2015.

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Carer Support Services – Hawthorn, Dandenong, Rosanna

ARAFEMI is a non-profit community based organisation, which works from a recovery perspective. ARAFEMI is unique as it houses both the peak support agency for carers of people with a mental illness and a broad range of consumer services. Our mission is to promote and improve the wellbeing of people affected by mental illness. Our […]

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COPMI Program, parents- St George and Sutherland Shire

CONSULTANCY ROLE Providing consultation to adult mental health workers and child youth and family staff around COPMI cases. Advice to community organisations regarding COPMI issues. CLINICAL ROLE Short term clinical work with COPMI cases where either the parent or the child is a client of mental health services. Joint family assessments with adult mental health […]

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Eastern Region – Integrated Family Services

Eastern Region Integrated Family Services offers a comprehensive suite of services that predominantly incorporates outreach, case management and group work to children and families within Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges areas whom are assessed as being in need. Services include: Mental health support Parenting support – 0 to 18 years Crisis intervention Personal issues Drug […]

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Women and Children’s Program, Parent services

The Charmian Clift Cottages offer support and accommodation for mothers that live with a mental health issue and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Aims of the program: To provide safe and secure accommodation To enable mothers with mental health issues to become more independent To help them develop their living and parenting skills […]

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ARAFMI Smiles Program – Perth metro area

The Smiles Program provides in depth information and education about mental illnesses and offers children a chance to have their questions answered and meet other children who may be experiencing similar things. The program is available to 8-12 year old young carers. The program is designed to increase coping skills, reduce feelings of isolation and […]

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Individual Psychosocial Rehabilitation Support Services – Salisbury

The Individual Psychosocial Rehabilitation Support Services provide community support and independent housing for people with mental health related disabilities in the Salisbury and Elizabeth area. Support is provided in the areas of accessing and maintaining independent housing, daily living skills, community linkage and personal support to maintain health and wellbeing. The Individual Psychosocial Rehabilitation Support […]

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Child and Family Program – Sydney eastern & central suburbs

Child and Family is a new integrated service for children and families with a range of complex issues. These may include mental health, parental neglect, abuse (or risk of), drug and alcohol, complex parenting issues, domestic violence, CALD/Indigenous, etc. Child and Family works with voluntary clients in the short-medium term. Generally most clients will work […]

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Children’s School Holiday Program (CHAMPS) – Northern Melbourne area (including Darebin, Whittlesea)

The Parents Group is held during Term 3 over eight weeks. It has a peer support focus, in order for parents to be able to share experiences and safely explore strategies that may reduce parenting stress and increase self-confidence. The group program includes guest speakers who address topics of interest for the parents; this includes […]

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COPMI Clinician, Parent Programs- Northern Beaches

The Northern Beaches Mental Health Service has one part time COPMI clinician. The clinician works across adult and child and adolescent mental health as well as with other statutory and non-government agencies to promote best practice in working with parents who have a mental illness and their children (0-18) The role includes the following activities: […]

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ARAFMI Carer Advocacy Program – Perth

ARAFMI has two part-time Carer Advocates who can assist friends, family and carers who provide support to someone who has a mental illness, diagnosed or not. The Carer Advocates can provide the following: Information for individuals. Support to self-advocate. Have the advocate speak on their behalf. Obtain assistance from the advocate. Receive referral support. Obtain […]

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ARAFMI Carer Advocacy Program – Perth

ARAFMI has two part-time Carer Advocates who can assist friends, family and carers who provide support to someone who has a mental illness, diagnosed or not. The Carer Advocates can provide the following: Information for individuals. Support to self-advocate. Have the advocate speak on their behalf. Obtain assistance from the advocate. Receive referral support. Obtain […]

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Parents Group, Children’s School Holiday Program (CHAMPS) and Playgroup – Northern Melbourne area (including Darebin, Whittlesea)

The Parents Group is held during Term 3 over eight weeks. It has a peer support focus, in order for parents to be able to share experiences and safely explore strategies that may reduce parenting stress and increase self-confidence. The group program includes guest speakers who address topics of interest for the parents; this includes […]

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Family By Family program – Marion, Western suburbs, Salisbury, Playford

Family By Family is a network of families helping families. Family By Family links up families with things in common to change the things they want to change. Families who have been through tough times and come out the other side are linked to families that have things they want to change. Process: You choose […]

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Carer Consultant Support – Rockingham

The Carer Consultant role supports the carers and families of mental health consumers in Mimidi Park, Rockingham General Hospital. The Carer Consultant runs support groups and education and training events. One-to-one support is provided by the Carer Consultant whereby information on mental health, the carers experience and support services for the carer and family can […]

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COPMI Coordinator, Parents programs- Western Sydney Local Health Network (East)

The COPMI Co-ordinator works in partnership with mental health services to facilitate service enhancements for families where a parent has a mental illness. The NSW COPMI Framework for Mental Health Services 2010-2015 provides the overarching framework across services, and the local Western Sydney Local Health Network COPMI Implementation Plan (2010-2015) provides specific direction for all […]

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Partners in Depression, Parent services

Partners in Depression is a group education and support program for people who love, live with or care for someone experiencing depression (evidence-based psycho-education group). Six session program (2 hours per week over 6 weeks) run by two facilitators in community settings. It covers a range of topics including: What is depression Treatments for depression […]

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ARAFMI Carer Peer Workers Program – Perth

ARAFMI has three part-time Carer Peer Workers who offer assistance and support to friends, family and Carers of someone with a mental illness, diagnosed or not. This is a free service which a person can access as many times as they need. The Carer Peer Workers are carers of someone with a mental illness themselves […]

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ARAFMI Carer Peer Workers Program – Perth

ARAFMI has three part-time Carer Peer Workers who offer assistance and support to friends, family and Carers of someone with a mental illness, diagnosed or not. This is a free service which a person can access as many times as they need. The Carer Peer Workers are carers of someone with a mental illness themselves […]

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Individual Psychosocial Rehabilitation Support Services – Salisbury

The Individual Psychosocial Rehabilitation Support Services provide community support and independent housing for people with mental health related disabilities in the Salisbury and Elizabeth area. Support is provided in the areas of accessing and maintaining independent housing, daily living skills, community linkage and personal support to maintain health and wellbeing. The Individual Psychosocial Rehabilitation Support […]

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MIFWA Family Support Program – Northern metro Perth

The Family Support Program recognises that building family resilience is the foundation for achieving positive outcomes. The Family Support Program will: promote and develop resilience and recovery in families assist in the prevention of unnecessary hardship through early prevention strategies assist families to participate in community life.

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