Day three – part one

At the international COPMI conference

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Video abstracts

Young Adult Children of Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities

Paul Preston – Young Adult Children of Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities Intermediate, PhD, National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families, Berkeley, CA, USA.

This presentation will summarize qualitative and quantitative findings from a new eight-year national study of young adults who have a parent with a disability, focusing on the subset of those young adults who have a parent with a psychiatric disability.

Learning objectives

  1. Recall how study participants whose parents have psychiatric disabilities compare regarding the overall experience (positive or negative) with those participants whose parents have other types of disabilities
  2. Recall how study participants whose parents have psychiatric disabilities compare in self-esteem with young adults to those participants whose parents have other types of disabilities and to national studies of those young adults whose parents have no disabilities
  3. Identify at least one of the top five challenges study participants identified as a significant challenge of having a parent with a psychiatric disability
  4. Identify at least one factor that may mitigate the potentially negative impact of having a parent with a psychiatric disability 

Paying Attention to Parenting in Adult Focused Services

Carol Clark, BSW, Social Work Manager, Ruah Community Services, Perth, Australia.

Adult focused services are not designed to pay attention to the parenting needs of clients. This presentation describes an organisation’s journey to proactively support the parenting task and improve recovery for the whole family. Procedures, training and resources were developed to enable workers and parents to work out how well each child is doing.

Learning objectives

  1. Examine practices in adult focused services, which can proactively support people living with a mental illness in their parenting roles

Social Emotional Health Approaches to Working with Children and Youth Living with Parents who Experience Mental Health Challenges

Andrea Harstone, BSW, MSW, Social Work, BC Centre for Ability, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This lecture will discuss the importance of Social Emotional development for children and youth who live with parents who experience mental health challenges; the importance of responsive relationships and supportive environments. Participants will learn about core Social and Emotional competencies, including ways to develop and enhance learning for typically developing young people and those with special needs.

Learning objectives

  1. Describe social and emotional needs for children and youth
  2. Identify core social and emotional competencies
  3. Locate evidence-based and informed resources 

Preventive Family Service Coordination for Parents with a Mental Illness in the Netherlands

Henny Wansink – PhD, Researcher, Parnassia Group, The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands.

Preventive family service coordination for parents with a mental illness in the Netherlands: intervention model, and preliminary results of a randomized controlled trial.

Learning objectives

  1. Discuss insight in the needs, vulnerabilities and strengths of families of parent with a mental illness and support and resources
  2. Discuss challenges and methods for building evidence-based interventions
  3. Utilize study outcomes for improving and implementing preventive family policies in services

BPD, Parental Self-Harm and Child Protection: Confronting Stigma while Ensuring Safety

Jenn Crowell – MFA, Author, Forest Grove, OR, USA.

Using a variety of case studies, this presentation highlights stigma in child protection practice with parents who self-harm or have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, and offers several examples of innovative programs which provide tailored parent support.

Learning objectives

  1. Gain awareness regarding stigma and controversies in the treatment and child welfare proceedings of parents who self-harm or have a BPD diagnosis
  2. Gain knowledge of innovative models for tailored parent support

Implementation of a Family-Child Perspective in Somatic Adult Care in Order to Provide Support for Children with Sick Parents

Kerstin Maria Åkerlund – MSc, BEd, Head of Multidisciplinary Unit and Psychotherapist, Karolinska University Hospital, Karolinska sjukhuset, Neurologiska kliniken, Råd och stödenheten, Stockholm, Sweden.

I will talk about what factors are important to consider when implementing a family-orientated perspective in somatic adult care. As a background I will lecture on the situation of children of neurologically ill parents, what we know from research and clinical experience. I will talk briefly about how the current clinic worked to develop procedures and methods.

Learning objective

  1. Learn more about the feasibility of implementing a family perspective in somatic adult care, based on a case study