Our services

Emerging Minds develops policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources in response to the needs of organisations, professionals, children and their families

Emerging Minds works closely with organisations to:

  • strengthen organisational readiness to implement a range of interventions that support parenting and improved outcomes for children
  • support local organisational change champions with frameworks for quality implementation
  • support and develop staff by facilitating training, supported by eLearning courses and resources that practitioners can use to support their practice when work with children and families.

Implementation and systems-change guidance

Emerging Minds provides guidance to organisations on the effective implementation of changes and programs that support infant, child, adolescent and family mental health. Our team can help your organisation undertake the 'work behind the scenes' that's needed to deliver evidence-based services and programs to families.

We support agencies in sustainable implementation of programs using support strategies such as:

  • identifying, developing and supporting organisational 'change champions' to understand and apply quality implementation frameworks
  • supporting families and service users to be partners in program planning, implementation and workforce development.

Our team has experience working in:

  • prevention and early intervention
  • public health and community development
  • adult mental health
  • child and adolescent mental health
  • primary health care
  • child protection
  • social services
  • early childhood education and care
  • schools
  • aboriginal services.

Training and sector development  

Emerging Mind's staff are highly experienced and skilled in training small to large groups in any of the areas below. Consider a combination of face-to-face or online training modalities. Email us to discuss the training needs of your valued staff.

Online training courses developed by Emerging Minds (for the COPMI national initiative) can be seen and accessed via their website. 

Face-to-face training

'Let's talk about children' training

This evidence-based method supports parents and professionals to talk about a child's wellbeing in the context of parental and family challenges. The method is modelled on the work of Professor Tytti Solantaus.

The method helps professionals and parents to:

  • develop a mutual understanding of the strengths and vulnerabilities impacting on the child in the family, care/education and community contexts
  • plan how current strengths can be maintained and vulnerabilities addressed
  • strengthen relationships and networks that can support the child's social and emotional wellbeing.

Rationale

Parental and family challenges such as parental mental illness, drug and alcohol problems, family violence and other social challenges are common issues in the community. They can all have flow-on affects on parenting and children. Unfortunately, due to stigma and the sensitivity of these challenges, the impact of these issues on children is not routinely and openly discussed between parents and professionals in health services, social services or education settings.

The 'Let's talk about childen' method is innovative in that it focuses on supporting a child's wellbeing by strengthening the capacity within relationships and the ecology of the child. The method also helps parents and professionals to identify appropriate pathways of support.

Training available for the following professional groups

  • Social workers
  • Allied health professionals
  • General Practitioners
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Early childhood education and care professionals
  • Primary and Secondary School Teachers
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors and psychotherapists
  • Community Development professionals
  • Peer workers 

'Family Focus' training

'Family Focus' is a prevention intervention for families who have experienced adversity or trauma. The intervention is modelled on the evidence-based work of world-leading child psychiatrist, Dr William Beardslee. It involves a series of conversations between parents, children and the family as a whole that draw on the healing family processes of communication, story-telling and problem solving to:

  • enhance child and family understanding of the issues that have impacted on them
  • plan supportive networks that can enhance child and family wellbeing.

Rationale

Many families experience challenges that can have lasting impacts on children and the family as a whole. These include experiences related to parental mental or physical illness, family experiences of trauma or natural disasters, disruption to family relationships due to employment or deployment, and other family challenges.

'Family Focus' helps families to understand, talk about and plan how they can collectively develop hope and strength through the challenges that they have experienced.

Training available for the following professional groups

  • Social workers
  • Allied health professionals
  • General Practitioners
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Mental health nurses
  • Counsellors and psychotherapists 

Prevention and early intervention for vulnerable children

This training supports services working with either children, families or adults to understand the connection between parental challenges and child vulnerability. It uses challenging video case studies to help participants to reflect on opportunities to prevent the long-term affects of cumulative harm on the mental health and development of vulnerable children.

Rationale

Adult problems can impact on parenting and have a cumulative effect on a child's social, emotional and physical development. Supporting organisational practice so that the parenting role and the needs of children is considered from engagement and throughout any contact with a parent ensures that families are supported to make, and sustain, changes so that they can better meet the needs of their children.

Training available for the following professional groups

  • Social workers
  • Allied health professionals
  • General Practitioners
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Early childhood education and care professionals
  • Primary and Secondary School Teachers
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors and psychotherapists
  • Aboriginal mental health workers
  • Community Development professionals
  • Peer workers 

 Over 10,000 professionals in adult mental health, child mental health, family services, general practice, primary mental health care, early learning and schools, and non-government family and carer organisations have participated in Emerging Minds training.

Want to discuss how Emerging Minds can assist your organisation? Email us for a confidential discussion, or phone on (08) 8367 0888.