In this edition:
- ‘Child Aware’ practice – keeping children and parenting visible
- A reminder – resources available until December 2016
- Website information and videos for young people
- An invitation from Emerging Minds
‘Child Aware’ practice is an emerging concept in Australia. With the focus on supporting parenting and improving outcomes for children, adult services are being asked to consider the parenting role and needs of parents’ children.
‘Child Awareness’ involves building a workplace culture that embraces a range of practices and attitudes that aim to keep the ‘child in mind’. This practice needs to occur from a client’s first contact with a service through to their follow-up.
Does your organisation or workplace support child and family-sensitive practice? What is your current approach to ‘Child Aware’ practice or ‘Child Aware’ supervision?
Interactive online training is free
The COPMI national initiative offers online ‘Child Aware’ training for free. The interactive eLearning course focuses on specific video scenarios, which are partnered with a practical workbook. The workbook contains exercises, discussion starters and reflective questions that can be used in a range of settings (e.g. staff meetings, professional development, team and management meetings) by practitioners, team leaders, managers and organisations.
A second course to support practice change is also free
To support the implementation of ‘Child Aware’ practice (based on the understanding that practice change requires support throughout an organisation), the ‘Child Aware’ supervision eLearning course was developed.
The course provides training for supervisors in strategies that promote child and family-sensitive practices in their services. The approach incorporates attitudes, strategies and techniques that enable workers (and organisations) to identify and respond to the needs of a client’s children. It aims to build the capacity of adult-focused workers through reflective practice, along with an organisational commitment to identify and respond to parenting and the needs of children.
Both ‘Child Aware’ courses were developed in partnership with the Australian Centre for Child Protection, the COPMI national initiative and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction. They were funded by the Australian Government through the ‘Child Aware’ initiative.
Have you already completed a COPMI eLearning course?
For new users:
In case you missed last month’s announcement, we remind you that the COPMI national initiative has received a six-month funding extension.
This means that you can continue to access the COPMI website and professional eLearning courses until the end of the year. You can also continue to order hard-copy resources to support work with parents and families.
We will continue to share information regarding our future via this monthly email and social media channels.
Did you know that the COPMI website features a section just for ‘Kids & Young People’?
The content was developed in conjunction with young people themselves and answers many common questions that young people have when their parent has a mental illness.
The information is simple and engaging, and may not only be helpful for young people but also to parents who may be seeking information to share with their children. Professionals who work with young people and parents may also benefit by being aware of this resource and sharing it with clients and colleagues.
- Important key messages for young people who have parent with a mental illness
- ‘About mental illness’ videos explaining what mental illness is, different diagnoses and how they affect parents, including what it means to ‘get better’ and how to look after yourself
- ‘Different types of mental illness’ with short, engaging explanatory videos
- ‘Why does my parent have a mental illness?‘
- ‘Will my parent get better?’
- ‘Getting help’
- ‘Advice from other young people’
- ‘When you’re at school’
- ‘Are you a young carer?’
The COPMI national initiative’s parent body, Emerging Minds, is dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, teens and their families.
If you have an interest in the mental health and emotional wellbeing of these groups, we invite you to follow Emerging Minds via the links below and to subscribe to Emerging Minds’ monthly ‘eNews’ email.
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