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Parenting and Mental Health, Using a Family Lens to Consider the Needs of Children (NEW DATE – 2 May 2018)

May 2 @ 8:45 am - 4:00 pm

[This event was originally scheduled for November 29, 2017 – It has been postponed to May 2, 2018]


This workshop will use a family lens to explore the experience of parents with a mental illness and their children. Participants will explore evidence based knowledge and practical strategies to working with families experiencing parental mental illness, building family resiliency and family communication about mental illness.


Who should attend this workshop?

All those who work with children, families and individuals.


Sarah Bergan & Adele Sargent                                                                                   

Sarah Bergan: Sarah is a senior psychologist with over 20 years’ experience working within drug and alcohol and mental health services with children, young people and vulnerable families within NSW Health. Over the past 14 years Sarah has worked as the Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) Coordinator at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. Sarah has particular clinical interest in prevention, early intervention and complex trauma. Sarah is an experienced trainer, supervisor and clinician. In 2017 Sarah has commenced a new role as the Team leader for a newly establishing “Whole Family Team” which works with families where there is parental mental illness or substance use and a risk of significant harm for children.

Adele Sargent: Adele is a senior Occupational Therapist with over 17 years’ experience working in mental health.  Adele has worked in adult mental health in both the community and inpatient setting supporting consumers with a mental illness in their recovery.  Adele has worked part – time as the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness coordinator, alongside Sarah while balancing parenting responsibilities.  Adele has experience working with complex families and supporting the capacity of the mental health workforce to have a family focus to their work with mental health consumers through mentoring, consultation, procedural development and training.


Members: $93.50; Non-Members: $154.00 Morning tea and lunch provided. Please advise of special dietary needs, or other needs when you register online.

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More Information

Vicki Wilde, ph 9620 6172 or email

Code: HK01PMH



May 2
8:45 am - 4:00 pm
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Nepean Shores
6-22 Tench Avenue
Penrith, NSW 2750 Australia
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