New project for the Bouverie Centre

A two year project from La Trobe University’s Bouverie Centre, ‘Mental Health Beacon’ is to be launched Friday 29 April.  The initiative aims to increase the use of evidence based family interventions in Victoria’s public mental health services.

bouverie_std Project Manager Brendan O’Hanlon says the project will involve the Bouverie Centre partnering with six selected services within the sector to implement three different interventions.

‘Throughout this project we will focus on “Behavioural Family Therapy” and “Multiple Family Groups”, two initiatives that have reduced relapse and family burden.  

We will also be looking at “Let’s Talk”, a practice model that enables mental health practitioners to better support their clients who are parents of dependent children,’ says Brendan.

The project will provide more effective interventions that will benefit families and their children where the evaluation and research component of the project aims to improve understanding of how to best implement these approaches in routine mental health care.

Mental Health Beacon will build upon a previous initiative the “Building Family Skills Together project” and more recent experience with similar ‘Beacon’ initiatives in the alcohol, drug and gambling sectors.

Established in the 1950s the Bouverie Centre is a unique public institute located in the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and pioneered family development training and practice in Victoria later in the 60s.  By the late 80’s the Centre’s training programs became the first offered in Australia.

The research and work conducted at the Centre revolves around understanding and employing constructive roles for family, and the power of relationships to foster social, emotional and mental wellbeing for at risk individuals, their families and the community at large.

Brendan O’Hanlon,
Mental Health Program Manager
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