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Working with Parents and Carers with Mental Health Difficulties live online course

£155.00 + VAT

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When parents have mental health issues, children/young people often carry great burdens which can affect their own mental health and achievement. Parental engagement can have a hugely positive effect on a child/young person’s engagement. However, some mental health problems may inhibit a parent’s ability to meet the needs of their child as well as engage with school/college and attend meetings at school/college.

This course is designed to give a deeper understanding regarding how parental mental illness impacts the development of children/young people. A plethora of approaches, strategies and techniques will be given to help support children/young people in order to help them develop resilience, overcome adversity and avoid a range of negative outcomes in later life, such as mental ill health.

This course will also look at effective ways to engage and work with parents, help them develop an understanding regarding how their mental health may affect their child. Time will be given to discuss a step-by-step approach to help structure these sensitive conversations and ways to engage if disengaged. As well as a range of tools, strategies and sign positing opportunities to help support parents.



• Understand the impact of parental mental health on parenting;
• Identify children who have a parent with a mental illness and understand their specific needs;
• Know how to help children exposed to parental mental health issues to recover from trauma and develop resilience;
• Learn how to support children/young people living with parental mental illness;
• Look at ways to challenge stigma and building compassion, developing understanding and empathy for children living with this issue;
• Reflect on the challenges facing children/young people who have a parent with a mental illness;
• Discuss a step-by-step approach to help structure sensitive conversations with parents;
• Implement strategies to help support parents with routines, set boundaries and keep their child safe;
• Help link parents to support groups rather than use their children as a source of comfort and solace;
• Understand the importance of multiagency involvement;
• Look at other provisions schools/colleges can offer to help support parents with mental health concerns.


Target Audience

Aimed at anyone who works directly or indirectly with parents and students. Ideal for school-based staff including head teachers, deputy headteacher, teachers, family support worker, designated safeguarding lead, education welfare officer, pastoral support, supervisor, SENCO/ALNCO, special education teacher, school support staff, mental health lead, pastoral lead teacher, local authority staff and multidisciplinary teams.



Kelly Hannaghan


Further information

Times: 9:30am – 3:00pm live online training via Zoom
Trainer will be in the room at 9:15am and until 3:30pm to answer any questions or for further information etc.
Breaks for mid morning and afternoon including an hour for lunch will also be given.
Questions and discussions are welcome throughout the training. We want to make this your day.


Your Pack

Information and links will be emailed to you prior and during the course.
Your pack including handouts, a M&S gift voucher for food, snack pen and notepad will be posted to you prior to the course.
We will ensure that the training day is made comfortable and stress free for you to enjoy wherever you are.
This course is also available as in-house / INSET training at your school. Contact us for details.

Additional information

Date and Location

14th November 2022, 27th February 2023