Parental mental illness and child-aware practice

About this course

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Many parents with mental illness will have the capacity, strengths and supports to help their children thrive. However, without the right support, parental mental illness can have long-term impacts on children’s mental health, development and wellbeing.

This course acknowledges the resilience and values of parents with mental illness, while recognising that mental illness can place great stress on the family. Parental stress can affect a child’s ability to develop positive mental health; impact on the parent-child relationship; and disrupt the family’s daily routines, relationships and connections.

All practitioners play a key role in supporting children, parents and families to function cohesively where there is adversity. Practitioners who can sensitively and respectfully ask parents how their mental health might affect their parenting, and their children’s social and emotional wellbeing, are critical in the early identification and prevention responses to children’s mental health.

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for practitioners working in adult services with parent-clients experiencing mental illness.

How long does this course take?

It is estimated that this course will take you approximately four hours to complete. This includes reading material and watching videos.

You can undertake the course across multiple sessions at your own pace. The last screen you visit before logging off will be bookmarked, and you will have the option of returning to that screen when you next log in.

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