Public Health and Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Webinar Series, Part II: Family Engagement Tools to Help Support Individuals with Behavioral Health Needs
Family Smiling

Course Objective

  • Describe the foundation for successfully engaging the individual’s family or identified supporters and arming them with accurate information on mental health and illness.
  • Outline barriers that so many individuals and their families face in accessing services and why those barriers contribute to police involvement, hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
  • Examine wellness tools and resources for individuals and their identified supporters for achieving and maintaining wellness with the understanding that mental health education is the foundation for illness recognition and engaging treatment options.

Date: May 11, 2016

Deborah Faust
Director of Family Wellness & Suicide Prevention, Co-Director of Building Connections
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.

Family engagement is a family-centered and strengths-based approach to partnering with families in making decisions, setting goals, and achieving desired outcomes. This webinar discusses family engagement during mental health challenges in order to explore how providers and health professionals can partner with patients and their families to find solutions and treatment plans. Specifically, it looks at how educating families on mental health and illness can be preventative, barriers that can impeded individuals and families from engaging with help and support, and defines whole family health as vital for supporting patient’s efforts to obtain and maintain well-being. This webinar also reviews several education strategies and tools that can be used to increase family engagement and patient wellness.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center