Working Collaboratively with Family Caregivers

of Persons with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness

The following materials were developed as part of a professional education workshop for mental health providers presented by BCSS in the Fraser Health Region in spring of 2006.

Program development funding was provided by the Provincial Health Services Authority and the materials were developed as a member of BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.

This workshop was intended as an introduction to ideas around working more in partnership with families of persons with mental illness and explored what the informational and other needs of families are, how to collaborate with families, and issues around confidentiality and what information is necessary to be disclosed and can be disclosed to family members and other supporters.

Workshop Presentation

Powerpoint Presentation of Workshop Background removed to facilitate printing

About the Needs of Families

Two article abstracts One article on homelessness and family issues, and one on the impact of schizophrenia on family caregivers, with online links to full text versions.

The Changing Needs of Family Caregivers Chart showing the changes in a family caregiver’s needs over time

Different Perspectives of People from Individualistic and Collective Backgrounds Cultural sensitivity information for caregivers on understanding cultures which value a high level of family involvement in medical care

Information Needs of Families

About Collaboration

Video Used in the Presentation – No Flowers or Chocolates

  • Link to the Bouverie Institute order page for Videos (video no longer available) on professional/family collaboration the video used, No Flowers or Chocolates is designed for mental health care provider audience and runs about 30 minutes. There are several other videos in the same series. (BCSS provincial office has a copy of this video)

About Confidentiality