Nurse-led models of care delivery

Family-Focused Practice with EASE

Project details

Mental health nurses play key roles in supporting consumers’ and family’ recovery through family-focused practice (FFP). FFP is the provision of psychosocial support to the family as a whole. The provision of FFP has shown to reduce burdens for family members, improve children’s wellbeing and mental health literacy and support family relationships and family recovery (Foster et al. 2012).

There is substantial evidence to suggest that healthcare practitioners lack confidence in FFP when working with people with mental illness and their children. A family-focused practice framework - EASE: Engage, Assess, Support, Educate - was developed to support practitioners to easily incorporate brief FFP in their everyday practice (Foster et al. 2019).

A short video was developed to explain the EASE practice framework.

The video was collaboratively developed by: Prof Kim Foster, Jo-Ann Giandinoto (NWMH & ACU), Louise Alexander (ACU), Carol Clarke (FaPMI co-ordinator, NWMH) and Chris Dutton (FaPMI co-ordinator, NWMH) in conjunction with the Sketch Group.

Related links

Family-focused practice with EASE: A practice framework for strengthening recovery when mental health consumers are parents
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing article

Developing resilient children and families when parents have mental illness: A family-focused approach
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing article

EASE Framework Sketch Video
An explainer video that describes the EASE framework developed by Sketch Group.

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