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Barcham, Claire and Diggins, Maria and Mayes, Kate and McKenna, Daphne [Social Care Institute for Excellence] . (2011) E-learning: Parental mental health and families. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence.


This e-learning resource is targeted at front line and management staff involved in adult mental health and children’s services. These resources might also be useful for primary care services staff (GPs, Health Visitors, Midwives), Schools – Teachers and support staff and Children’s Centre staff.

The e-learning resource can be integrated into the higher education social work curriculum either as directed or self directed study.

Introducing the family model
An introduction to the family model and the impacts of some common risks, stressors and protective factors.

Think child, think parent and think family
Explores the impact of parental mental illness on all family members. Also looks at child development stages and some common diagnoses, interventions and treatments for mental illness.

Working together with parents
Explores the key principles of working in partnership with parents

Working together with professionals
Explores the challenges facing workers in maintaining a multi-agency approach and how the Family Model can be used to strengthen professional working relationships.

Care planning and review
Looks at what makes an effective plan as well as considering how reviewing processes can be used to ensure changing needs are assessed and plans modified as a result.

Explores screening, active signposting and early intervention, and their importance in addressing the needs of all parts of the family system.

Managing complexity and leading practice
Provides a range of audit tools for front line managers to gauge the readiness of their staff to implement the ‘Think Family’ guidance. It also identifies the key drivers needed by strategic managers to target action at a local level, identify the barriers to change and potential solutions.

Communicating with families
Explores the communication strategies that can be used to talk to parents, children and families about parental mental health issues

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