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Orygen Colonial Foundation Innovation Centre

35 Poplar Road

Parkville, VIC 3052


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This workshop will explore the benefits to engaging families and others in the treatment of young people with a diagnosis of a psychosis.

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The impact of early psychosis is traumatic for young people and their families. The diagnosis of a psychosis can be stigmatising for families and they can subsequently feel burdened, stressed and overwhelmed. Evidence suggests that family work can enhance family involvement and support during the recovery phases, reduce rates of relapse, readmission to hospital and enhance adherence and engagement with services whilst also reducing family/carer burden and stress. This workshop will use multimedia and interactive formats, and include didactic elements, case studies, skills-based work and provide participants with an opportunity to practise family work skills in a safe learning environment.

At the completion of this workshop you will be able to:

• articulate the purpose and rationale of family work in treatment with reference to the Pyramid of Family Care (Mottaghipour & Bickerton, 2005);

• identify where family work fits in to a young person’s treatment plan;

• discuss challenges and constraints that may arise when implementing family work with this complex client group;

• engage families early on in the treatment of their young person;

• develop and implement family work within a collaborative framework in which the clinician, other members of the treating team and the family work in partnership; and

• practice family work skills in a safe learning environment.

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