Providing a ‘whole-of-family’ approach to care: family-focused practices in mental health services

Kim Foster, Darryl Maybery, Andrea Reupert, Brenda Gladstone, Anne Grant, Torleif Rund, Adrian Falkov, Nick Kowalenko

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Abstract

Introduction: Family members including children are all impacted by a family member’s mental illness. Although mental health services are increasingly encouraged to engage in family-focused practice, this is not a well-understood concept or practice in mental health care. Methods: An integrative review using systematic methods was conducted with international literature, with the aim of identifying concepts and practices of family-focused practice in child and youth and adult mental health services. Results: Findings from 40 peer-reviewed literature identified a range of understandings and applications of family-focused practice, including who comprises the ‘family’, whether the focus is family of origin or family of procreation or choice, and whether the context of practice is child and youth or adult. ‘Family’ as defined by its members forms the foundation for practice that aims to provide a whole-of-family approach to care. Six core practices comprise a family focus to care: assessment; psychoeducation; family care planning and goal-setting; liaison between families and services; instrumental, emotional and social support; and a coordinated system of care between families and services. Conclusion: By incorporating key principles and the core family-focused practices into their care delivery, clinicians can facilitate a whole-of-family approach to care and strengthen family members’ wellbeing and resilience, and their individual and collective health outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventFifth International Conference on Families and Children with Parental Mental Health Challenges - Basel, Switzerland
Duration: 17 Aug 201619 Aug 2016
http://www.psy-congress.ch/frontend/index.php?page_id=1892

Conference

ConferenceFifth International Conference on Families and Children with Parental Mental Health Challenges
CountrySwitzerland
CityBasel
Period17/08/201619/08/2016
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