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Empowering families where a parent
has a mental health problem

Wednesday 7 and Wednesday 21 February 2018 (two-day course)


It is estimated that as many as 2 million children in the UK live in a household where a parent has a mental health problem. Children and young people living with a parent or parents with a mental health problem are at a significantly greater risk of developing short or long term emotional problems or other psycho-social difficulties.
Interventions are being shown to make a difference to these families. Until now, there has been a lack of training for frontline workers to help make these interventions a reality in practice. Organisational gaps between services has led to fragmented training and disjointed care in meeting the needs of these children and young people and their parents. This two-day evidenced based training package has been created to respond to this need.
The training is organised into three main areas:
Knowledge base
Experiences and needs of families
Methods for supporting these families
The training will address the following topics:
Introduction to mental health problems and substance misuse
Living with a parent with mental health and/or substance misuse problems
Being a parent with mental health and/or substance misuse problems
Impact on children’s development
Communication with children and families
Successful services
This training has been developed by the European project group, CAMILLE, involving eight research and development centres in five European countries: Finland, Norway, Italy, Germany, Poland and the UK. The University of Dundee, in partnership with Playfield Institute, NHS Fife, is one of the two UK partners. We have recently piloted this course, taking into account views of health professionals, service users, teachers, social workers, substance misuse workers, academics, youth workers, etc.



The aim of this new training package is to raise awareness of the issues children and young people face when living with a parent with mental health problems and/or a substance misuse problem. The training also aims to build your confidence and skills to help you empower children, young people and their parent(s), ultimately improving their overall wellbeing.


Training methods

This course will be mainly taught through PowerPoint presentations and videos, as well as activities and group time to discuss and learn from others' experiences and insights.


Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will have:
a clearer understanding of the impact of parental mental health problems and/or substance misuse on their children
a better awareness of ways which can help children and/or parents build their resilience and wellbeing and prevent behavioural and emotional problems
access to a wide range of resources which will give you further knowledge and tools to work more effectively with families.


Who should attend?

This course is aimed at all workers from health, social work, education or the voluntary sector who come into contact with adults or children in families where one or both parents are suffering from mental health problems.
You will be given a signed certificate which can contribute to your Continuing Professional Development Portfolio.


Please note:

You must be available to attend both days of this course.
Priority will be given to people working in Fife.




Venue: Playfield Institute, Stratheden Hospital, Cupar
Dates: Wednesday 7 and Wednesday 21 February 2018 (two-day course)
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm each day
Cost: Free to people working in Fife
Eugene Adams, Team Leader, Primary Mental Health Workers, CAMHS, NHS Fife
Wendy Simpson, Health Psychologist, Playfield Institute, NHS Fife