Family Options is a program for parents and families of youth aged 12-18, where there are issues relating to youth mental health. Qualifying families are invited to participate in the research including an 8 week group providing education and intervention.
The program is run by clinicians at drummond street services, Turning Point: Alcohol and Drug Centre/Eastern Health and Deakin University and is supported by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Drug Foundation and beyondblue: the national depression initiative. The program is run as part of a research trial, which means that (a) the Family Options are provided free of charge to eligible families and (b) participating family members would be required to complete some surveys and phone interviews so that we can measure their progress. Youth are required at a minimum, to complete a brief phone survey, return a consent form and complete an initial questionnaire pack. Youth will be reimbursed with vouchers (to a maximum of $45) for taking their time to complete the brief telephone screenings and written questionnaires.
Families are allocated to one of two different groups. Both groups are expected to have benefits for participating families and both provide education and support.
What is 'Family Options'?
Family Options is a free clinical trial for families of depressed adolescents (aged 12-18). Qualifying families will be randomised to one of two groups - Behaviour Exchange Systems Training- MOOD (BEST-MOOD) or Parenting Adolescents Support Training (PAST).
What do the groups involve?
- Are led by two experienced counsellors trained to work with families
- Are supportive and non-judgmental
- Provide the opportunity to receive support and psycho-education
- Enable parents and families to meet others in similar situations
- Are conducted in a small group setting
- Invite adolescents to attend the group with their parents at later stages.
When are the groups held?
The two-hour group sessions are run one evening a week for eight weeks, at a time suitable for working families.
What are potential benefits for participants?
- Improved family relationships
- Sharing support and ideas with other parents
- Mental health education
- Engagement of young family members with family and support service
If you currently know of young people or families who you think will benefit from these options, we encourage you to contact us on 03 9244 3055 or to pass on our brochure.
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On receipt of the referral, the Family Options Intake Worker will take the following steps:
- Do a brief telephone intake assessment with the parent(s) to determine the families' eligibility.
- Do a brief telephone intake call with the young person, including a screen for depression to determine the young person's eligibility.
- Forward to the parent(s) consent forms and pre-measures/questionnaires for completion by the parent(s) and young person.
- Allocate the family to a group type, after all consent forms and pre-questionnaires are received back.
Questionnaires collected for research purposes will be numerically coded and will not be used in a personally identifiable form (confidential and ethical processes are emphasised).