UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education - The Team Approach to Learning

The 4th International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges

Addressing the Needs of the Whole Family

Conference Updates:

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886463608-2554) for 13 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

Registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available.

BROCHURE is now available.

Conference Dates:

Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27, 2014

Conference Location:

Ed Roberts Campus
Berkeley, California

Conference Description:

This conference will bring researchers, educators, policy-makers, and providers from across disciplines together with members of the judiciary and those with lived experience. The primary aim is to share knowledge and experience, to advance the rights and highlight the needs of families striving to live well with parental mental health challenges. Related objectives include provision of an interactive forum to discuss common experiences, effective and evidence informed support and advocacy strategies, and contemporary, cutting edge research.

Conference Objectives:

Participants will have opportunity to explore two general theme areas:

  • The challenges of parenting for adults with psychiatric disability or mental health concerns
  • The impact and challenges for children & young people living in families with parental psychiatric disability or mental health concerns, including those associated with being a young carer

Themes and topics will include:

  • Evidence informed supports and services for young people, parents and families
  • The legislative/legal barriers parents confront in maintaining custody of their children including interactions with the child welfare system and family law courts
  • Strategies for building trust and reducing stigma while supporting parents and children
  • Information on how psychiatric disabilities and mental health concerns are experienced by parents and both their young and adult children
  • The use of technology-based platforms to provide information, training, education and support to parents and families
  • Advocacy strategies for supporting families living with parental mental health challenges

Conference Format:

This 2.5 day conference will begin with an evening of networking. For the remainder of the conference,
presentations and panels will be held both on specific theme and cross theme areas. We will be providing
opportunities through the conference for people to gather formally and informally to discuss issues of common concern.



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