101317: Care Plans for Families Affected by Parental Mental Illness

About the Course:

The process of establishing care plans for families affected by parental mental illness is outlined in this article. Based on the feedback of families involved, developing crisis plans is broadened to incorporate “care” components. Accordingly, family care plans include planning for possible future crises, such as a parent’s hospitalization, as well as long term goals, for example, education plans for the children. Identifying both crisis and care components enhances existing social supports within the family and involves pre-negotiating and coordinating agency supports for family members. The general principles and basic components of family care plans are outlined, and the implications for workers’ roles conclude the article. COURSE SYLLABUS I. VicChamps Experience II. Rationale for Moving From Crisis to Care Plans III. Components of Family Care Plans IV. Case Study V. Issues Involved in Implementing Care Plans VI. Practice Implications


Families in Society /Alliance for Children and Families

Publication Date:

2008/Vol. 89, No. 1


Andrea E. Reupert, PhD; Kirsten T. Green; Darryl J. Maybery, PhD

About the Authors:

Lecturer, Charles Sturt University

Health Promotion Worker, Center Home Primary Care Partnership, Benalla, Australia

Coordinator, Mental Health R&D Team, Associate Director for the Centre of Inland Health, and Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about developing and implementing family care plans when a parent has mental illness. It is appropriate for participants with introductory to intermediate levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. Review the general principles and basic components of care plans for families affected by parental mental illness.

  2. Discuss rationale for moving from crisis to care plans and issues involving the implementation of care plans.

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