The siloed approach to many of our human services can mean that when a parent develops a mental illness both the impact on and resources for recovery within the family are overlooked. A paper published for practitioners by the Australian Institute for Family Studies recognises that parental mental illness can ‘underpin or exacerbate many of the difficulties experienced by individuals and families in contact with the human services sector’.
It encourages practitioners to understand that recovery occurs in the context of the family and to focus on supporting parent-child bonds and families’ strengths, while acknowledging their vulnerabilities. Families should be encouraged to identify what recovery means to them while helping members understand and speak about mental illness. Linking to communities and other wider systems resources is also important. Developing skills and confidence to work with all family members, no matter how compelling the symptoms of the individual, is crucial to the success of this work.
Price-Robertson,R.,Olsen,G. Francis,H., Obradovic,A., and Brad Morgan,B (2016) Supporting Recovery In Families Affected By Parental Mental Illness Australian Institute for Family Studies
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Fees & Charges
We are able to provide a Bulk Billing service by a psychologist and Medicare accredited Mental Health Social Workers for clients who hold a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP.
We also work with clients covered by NDIS support plans.
Clients who are not covered by either a Mental Health Care Plan or the NDIS are able to access services within the Complex Needs Clinic at a low fee rate of $60 per 90 minute session.
Bower Place has a wide range of qualifications & other training opportunities available including: