Strengthening resilience of children of parents with a mental illness

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.

IntechOpen: KidsTime Workshops: Strengthening Resilience of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness

IntechOpen chapter screenshotFollow the link below to read our chapter on IntechOpen.

Key topics covered include:

  • Summaries of key facts and statistics relating to COPMI, mental health and mental illness.
  • An assessment of the hidden risk presented by a lack of support for these children and young people.
  • A closer look at the impact parental mental illness (PMI) on children and young people, particularly in terms of stigma and isolation.
  • Examples of protective factors for COPMI, such as having a trusted adult to talk to and good explanations for mental illness.
  • The intervention KidsTime Workshops provide and a breakdown of the KidsTime model including explanation of roles and session structure.
  • Evaluation of the impact KidsTime Workshops have made.
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