Members of the Our Time team have written a chapter for the book ‘Family Therapy – New Intervention Programs and Researches’ edited by Dr. Floriana Irtelli. The book is being published by IntechOpen: the world’s leading publisher of Open Access books, built by scientists, for scientists.
The chapter introduces children of parents with mental illness as a group and explains the impact and risk factors of parental mental illness on children. It provide examples of approaches that can help children in this situation, using the KidsTime Workshop model as a case study. It describes the approaches and methods of the KidsTime practice model and explains how a combination of family therapy and systemic therapy influences, together with drama, can create an effective multi-family therapy intervention. It describes the impact of the KidsTime model, including testimonials from children and families, and highlight the evidence in support of preventative approaches, as well as the barriers to securing investment for these interventions. The chapter will conclude with recommendations for practice.