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The COPMI national initiative offer interactive eLearning courses to professionals in mental health and allied health areas who are in key positions where they can assist parents who have a mental illness, their children and families.

Courses are interactive and engaging, available free of charge, and are professionally-endorsed for the accrual of CPD (continuing professional development) points. Most contain invaluable practical demonstrations to enable you to visualise putting learning into practice.

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

Online courses – accessible 24/7

  • Child Aware practice: This introductory course encourages professionals to understand and talk with parents about the impact of adult problems on children and the role of parents in supporting the safety, wellbeing and development of children. These things should be considered in all service settings – whether you’re working with adults, children or families.
  • Keeping families and children in mind: An introductory course supports learners to understand the impact of parental mental illness on the family unit and to recognise the benefits of a family-sensitive approach to working with families where a parent has a mental illness.
  • Supporting infants and toddlers: This introductory course helps participants to understand the impact of mental illness on the family through the antenatal period. It assists the learner to grasp attachment and principles of sensitive communication with parents regarding the needs of their children. 
  • Let’s talk about children: Provides training in a brief, evidence-based method that is designed to support mental health professionals to talk with parents who experience mental illness about parenting and their child’s needs.
  • Family focus: Provides training in an evidence-based family intervention designed to promote family communication and problem solving around the experience of parental mental illness.
  • Child Aware supervision: Extends the ‘Child Aware practice’ course and provides training for team leaders and supervisors in strategies that they can apply to promote child and family-sensitive practices in their service.

Professional endosement

The COPMI national initiative’s courses are endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours for a range of professional associations’ requirements. Find out out more about CPD status inside the eLearning system.

Institutions include:

  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • GPMHSC Focused Psychological Strategies
  • The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • The Australian Association of Social Workers.

Please note: Members of The Australian Psychological Society and Occupational Therapy Australia can accrue CPD hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. These can be self-initiated. CPD activities do not need to be formally endorsed by the APS or OT Australia as the other institutions listed above require.

To access all eleaning features

All eLearning users should note that courses require:

  • broadband internet access
  • an up-to-date version of your web browser (ie Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari)
  • flash player (download Adobe flash player for free here).


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