September eNews 2016

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Recovery from trauma takes place within a ‘relational home’

A new paper has been released as part of the recent series on supporting family recovery developed as a collaboration between Child Family Community Australia and Emerging Minds, through the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative.

In this paper, Tanya Ward reflects on the importance and value of a ‘relational home’ as a place for healing and recovery from complex trauma. She argues that a relational home needs to be informed by ecological and family systems approaches that recognise the interpersonal contexts of trauma and recovery.

‘Unable to find a relational home as a child, I was unable to process the pain associated with the traumatic experiences I endured until adulthood. My experience of trauma was enduringly traumatic until I found a psychologist – also a fellow trauma survivor – who was able to offer me a relational home.’


The RANZCP’s Position Statement on children of parents with mental illness

Earlier this year an updated Position Statement was released by the Royal Australian and New Zeland College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) regarding children of parents with mental illness. The Statement was prepared in response to the RACZCP’s concern that many evidence-based interventions, effective preventative steps and supports are not being accessed by parents and families due to stigma, a lack of awareness and limited availability.

‘The Statement provides an outlline outline of the factors at play when parents are affected by mental illness, and describes some of the evidence-based approaches that should be available to family and whānau members. It is specifically relevant to psychiatrists, however the information is also intended to inform practice by psychiatry trainees, medical professionals more broadly and other providers of mental healthcare.’


‘GEMS’ research summaries for professionals

‘Gateway to Evidence that Matters’ (GEMS) publications are short, two-page research summaries prepared by the COPMI national initiative and leading researchers in the field.

These publications provide a synthesis of available research from Australia and around the world, based on the views and experiences of those researching, working and living with parental mental illness. They are particularly useful to guide and direct practitioners by highlighting current research and practice gaps.

View 23 different GEMS summaries on varied topics related to parents with mental illness, their children and families via the link below. Some recent topics include the concept of family recovery, child and family resilience, the role of fathers, talking about mental illness with children, targeted family interventions, children of parents with dual diagnoses, bipolar disorder, and more. 


Congratulations to winners of the BMA President’s Award

Congratulations to the editors and contributors to the resource ‘Parental Psychiatric Disorder’ (3rd edition). This text has just been awarded the British Medical Association’s President’s Award in the ‘special category’ award section. 

In awarding this prize, the immediate BMA past president Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green stated; ‘It should be mandatory reading for trainees and practitioners in all professional disciplines in mental health services and in primary care as well as in child health. I commend it unreservedly’.

About the 3rd edition

This text presents an innovative approach to thinking about and working with families where a parent has a mental illness. It includes 30 new chapters from its internationally renowned author team and presents the current state of knowledge in this critically important field.

Issues around prevalence, stigma and systems theory provide a foundation for the book, which offers new paradigms for understanding mental illness in families. The impact of various parental psychiatric disorders on children and family relationships are summarised, including coverage of schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders and trauma. Multiple innovative interventions are outlined, targeting children, parents and families, as well as strategies that foster workforce and organisational development.

Incorporating different theoretical frameworks, the book enhances understanding of the dimensions of psychiatric disorders from a multigenerational perspective, making this an invaluable text for students, researchers and clinicians from many mental health disciplines.


Australia’s biggest online mental health CPD event

Emerging Minds and The COPMI national initiative are supporting the biggest online mental health CPD event to be held in Australia – The Mental Health Super Summit 2016.

Hear from award-winning practitioners, researchers and educators via this online event, which will be delivered through 20 live webinar sessions from 6-9 October. It will continue as an on-demand event (i.e. you can watch recorded versions of the live sessions) until Sunday 23 October.

By attending the Summit, you’ll receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance highlighting the 20 hours of learning you’ll have access to. This Certificate can be used towards your annual CPD.

Perhaps the most innovative part of this scenario is that you can decide what you’ll pay for the event – and all proceeds go to charity!

Find out more and register



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