Using siblings to design and deliver case based training around psychosis

Poster C30, Saturday, October 22, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Le Baron

Simon Hall1, Reed Mandy; 1University of West England

Siblings are often invisible and neglected in the statutory mental health services, despite the significance and longitivity of the sibling bonds (Sin et al, 2012; Friedrich et al, 2008). They provide invaluable support to a brother or sister suffering from psychosis but they have had various experiences of mental health systems (Sin et al, 2012). We need to understand these experiences to provide better interventions to families as currently their views are not being heard (Rethink, 2010). Smith et al (2007) discuss an integrated family approach to aid supporting families with the notion of entire families living with psychosis experience. This message of integrated approaches can appear blurred when dealing with the 'Triangle of Care' (2012) and understanding the definition of 'carers'. Smith et al (2007) discusses support networks and using all the family as potential support networks. In education we must consider the experiences of siblings to broaden the term ‘carer’ and include those experiences to help demonstrate the ‘Triangle of Care’ alongside other family members. To express their experiences we have incorporated them into a two week simulation project that reflects a ‘real experience’ (Jefferies, 2005). We have also incorporated their experiences throughout the three year programme in various formats from films, podcasts, teaching and course material validation to help provide students a comprehensive tool kit in practice (Hart, 2012). We have made a film showcasing the sibling experience.

Topic Area: Service System Development and Reform

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