Empowering families with the experience of mental illness. A presentation of the Polish version of CAMILLE training package
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Zakład Psychologii Stosowanej Akademii Pedagogiki Specjalnej w Warszawie
Zakład Zdrowia Dzieci i Młodzieży Instytutu Matki i Dziecka w Warszawie
Submission date: 2015-05-06
Final revision date: 2015-08-31
Acceptance date: 2015-09-07
Publication date: 2016-08-30
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Izabela Tabak   

Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej, ul. Szczęśliwicka 40, 02-353 Warszawa, Polska
Psychiatr Pol 2016;50(4):873-883
The paper presents the CAMILLE training package prepared in the EU program Empowerment of Children and Adolescents of Mentally Ill Parents through Training of Professionals working with children and adolescents. The training is designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, teachers and others working with children and adolescents where a parent experiences mental disorders. The project was realized on 4 stages: (1) pre-analyses (quality and quantity) with professionals, family members and people experiencing mental disorders, in regards to the needs, experiences and expectations in education of professionals working with families of parents with mental illness; (2) development of a new pan-European training program for specialists working with these families; (3) pre-pilot implementation and evaluation of the training; (4) preparing of the final version of the training and pilot implementation in 7 countries participating in the project, also in Poland. The training program consists of 9 subjects, divided into 3 main groups: the basic knowledge (mental disorders, child development, attachment), experiences and needs of the families (experiences of parents, children, stigma), methods of family support (talking with children, resilience, successful services). The pilot implementation of the program showed great professionals’ interest in the subject and training methods. The evaluation showed significant positive effects of the training in terms of the raise of awareness of influence of the parent’s illness on needs of the child, parental abilities and ability of building the child resilience. The CAMILLE training is a valuable program that can be implemented in Poland.
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