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A Private Matter: Mental Health and FGDM


Mental illness can often be that ‘family secret’ no one wants to discuss outside of the family. Caretaking family members may feel isolated and overwhelmed. FGDM can provide an opportunity for families to maintain a sense of privacy but also widen the network of available supports within their family, thus retaining some of their privacy and creating a less isolating environment to address the mental health challenges in the family. Participants of this training will learn how FGDM can create this opportunity for families through coordination that focuses on their specific needs. This one-day training will provide coordinators with the knowledge and skills needed to accommodate specific family circumstances and needs.

At the end of this training participants will be able to:
  • Describe common features of mental illness and its impact on families.
  • Describe strategies to address challenges that could prevent the conference from moving forward.    
  • Assess an individual family’s needs so that specialized presenters may be invited to address the specific types of mental health concerns affecting the family

Contact us for more information on this training opportunity.