Child-centred and family-focused practice with children with disability

Emerging Minds, Australia, April 2022

The Child-centred and family-focused practice with children with disability online course offers skills and strategies for supporting the important relationships in a child’s life.

Children with disability can often be more reliant on their family. Their parents are more likely to experience social and financial strains, loneliness and challenges in relationships, and their siblings’ wellbeing can also be impacted by the familial stress.

Adopting a family-focused approach in your work will help you to identify each family’s strengths and vulnerabilities and be more responsive to their unique and dynamic situation. When a family’s needs are supported, they’re in turn better able to support the needs of their child with disability.

This course builds on the knowledge introduced in Emerging Minds’ short online course, Understanding child mental health and disability. This foundation course outlines why it is important to use child-centred and family-focused approaches to consider the mental health of children with disability. It also explores how these approaches can reduce children’s risk of developing mental health concerns.

Child-centred and family-focused practice with children with disability is a free 90-minute online training course suitable for all practitioners who work with children and families, across a range of settings. It will help you to better incorporate approaches to your work that promote the social and emotional development and wellbeing of children with disability.

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