Home Module 031- Parental Mental Health: Impact on Parenting and Home Visiting

Module Overview

Parental Mental Health: Impact on Parenting and Home Visiting

Length: 2-2.5 hours
ETO: Parental Well Being and Stability

Home visiting provides support to families in a non-threatening environment and enables the home visitor to intervene early in a child’s life before negative experiences can have a long-term impact on their health and development. However, many home visitors feel uncomfortable in voicing concerns regarding mental health due to lack of training.
This training introduces home visitors to basic information about mental health and mental health disorders. It provides a basic understanding of how mental health disorders impact the parent, as well as, the family along with information on providing support and referring to necessary professionals.

Objectives

By the end of this training, Home Visitors will be able to:
•Exhibit a basic understanding of mental health and mental health disorders
•Identify their personal feelings and stigmas associated with mental health disorders and how  these beliefs impact the families with whom they work
•Develop positive strategies to use when interacting with individuals and families affected by  mental health disorders
•Recognize behaviors and symptoms with common mental health disorders.
•Identify challenges specific to parents with mental illness
•Recognize risk factors associated with untreated mental illness and discuss ways to provide support, resources, and make referrals to appropriate medical, mental, or behavioral health professional


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