The utility of the Family Model in mapping psychiatric nurses' family focused practice with parents who have mental illness, their children and adult family members in Ireland

Anne Grant

Queens University Belfast

I am currently employed by Queen's University as a lecturer in Mental Health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Previously, I was employed by the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin. I completed my PhD at Monash University in Australia and explored psychiatric nurses' Family focused practice (FFP) in Irish mental health services. My primary research interests are early interventions for families when parents have mental illness, conceptualisation of FFP and workforce capacity in relation to FFP. Currently I am PI for a study commissioned by the HSCB in Northern Ireland that aims to evaluate the impact of Think Family initiatives on health and social care professionals' FFP. I also contribute to several international and interdisciplinary projects led by a group of researchers who are interested in parental psychopathology. The aim is to promote systems change and workforce initiatives in the field of parental psychopathology.


Background Parental mental illness is a major public health issue. Various governments recommend services adopt a whole family approach when supporting families where a parent has a mental illness. As Falkov’s Family... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Anne Grant (Queens University Belfast)

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Topics: Mental Health


MH2 » Mental Health 2 (10:30 - Thursday, 10th November, Seminar Room 0.54)

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