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Caring for Carers

Course duration: 3-4 days

This 3 day course gives participants the practical skills and resources to enable them to roll out an information and support programme to the carers and family members of people who access mental health services. For services requiring additional support in implementation of these programmes, an extended 4 day programme is available.

The course enables all staff working in either an in-patient or community setting to develop their skills and knowledge in supporting and working with families and it is particularly useful for those who have a specific involvement with carers such as carer leads. Places can also be made available to voluntary sector organisations that provide services to mental health carers. It is particularly helpful if staff can bring a carer along to participate in the course as well.

The course enables professionals and carers to work together in rolling out a comprehensive information and support programme which many carers have found to be extremely helpful. All participants will receive a detailed work manual and other resources to aid delivery of a roll out programme and on-going support can also be made available.

Themes include:

  • Presentation skills
  • Facilitating groups
  • Experience of caring
  • Sharing information
  • Local services & resources
  • Helpful communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Help with implementation

Applications are encouraged from small “delivery teams” of 2-3 staff. Where possible, carers are encouraged to apply as core members of the team. This has been found to be beneficial in terms of sustaining the rolled out programmes and in ensuring carers are integral to the programme’s delivery.

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