Parenting and family skills: maximising the reach of interventions to improve mental health and well-being locally and globally.
This talk will describe work adopting a public health model to maximise the access that families have to parenting and family skills information and programmes. Rachel Calam will draw on experience of a range of studies both close to home and far away in very low resource settings and conflict zones, Central Asia and Central America, working with international organisations, reflecting on how global research into approaches to improving the well-being and mental health of children and families in these settings can spark ideas for interventions close to home.
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Queens University Belfast,
185 Stranmills Road,
Rachel Calam is Professor of Child and Family Psychology, The University of Manchester, UK. She leads the Parenting and Families Research Group which studies parenting skills training, sometimes alongside other interventions, in different formats to maximise applicability and reach. Work with vulnerable parents includes the large THRIVE trial in Glasgow of early intervention from pregnancy; studies with families with a parent with significant mental health difficulties, with a recent MRC funded online trial for parents with bipolar disorder, and parenting and psychosis. She has a particular interest in testing approaches for very low resource contexts and is working with UNODC on this in different countries. Studies in Panama have investigated parent skills training in low resource communities and a large scale MRC funded study is examining implementation. Her group is addressing parenting and intervention needs of families displaced by the Syrian conflict in conflict settings, displacement and resettlement, using novel, low cost forms of sharing information, for example distributing written material via bread supplies into conflict zones. She is a developer of the In My Shoes computer assisted interview for children. Current research using this approach includes work with a team at Uppsala University, Sweden, who have conducted validation studies.
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