COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) Capacity by ebi51123

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									 COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) Capacity Building
‘Stories from the Real World’
In 2001 the national COPMI initiative to promote better outcomes for children of parents
with a mental illness was announced, with the following objectives:
     Development and uptake of good practice principles and guidelines for services
       and people working with children of parents with a mental illness around
       Australia
     Availability to children of parents with a mental illness and their families, and to
       people working with them, of appropriate resource materials in line with the
       good practice principles and guidelines
     Provision of high quality information to the Commonwealth Department of
       Health and Ageing to enhance future policy development regarding children of
       parents with a mental illness and their families.

In 2004, Phase 2 of the project commenced, with a primary goal of increasing awareness
and uptake of the ‘Principles and Actions for Services and People Working with Children
of Parents with a Mental Illness’ (AICAFMHA 20041).

The ‘Stories from the Real World’ activity aims to share knowledge and experience from
services and individuals who are working towards building the capacity of relevant
organisations and workforces to respond to the needs of children of parents with a mental
illness and their families. This capacity building is occurring in a number of ways
including
         Workforce Development (e.g. in-house training, course development,
           professional supervision systems)
         Resource Allocation (e.g. establishment of ‘copmi’ positions, availability of
           information, ‘family friendly’ spaces)
         Organisational Development (e.g. policies and plans, information systems).

People and organisations have been invited to ‘tell their capacity building story’ within a
specified brief template* suitable for placement on the AICAFMHA website, but contact
details may be provided by the storyteller to assist those who wish to learn more from the
storyteller’s experience.

Further information about specific programs (e.g. camps, peer support groups, parent
support groups) and resources (e.g. books, pamphlets, videos) for use with children and
family members can be found on the project website at http://www.copmi.net.au.


*The template is based on a concept developed by the Australian Health Promotion
Association, Queensland Branch, 2001, expanded by the South Australian Branch in
2002 and 2003 (see examples at http://www.healthpromotion.org.au).

                                     REFERENCES

1. AICAFMHA. Principles and Actions for Services and People Working With Children
      of Parents With a Mental Illness. Stepney, SA: Australian Infant Child
      Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd, 2004.

								
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