Arafmi Carer Education Workshops
Arafmi’s Carer workshops are specifically designed for carers and families of people with a psychosocial disability. These workshops provide an opportunity to learn and practice the many skills used in providing care to another person with a mental illness.
What to expect
The interactive workshops are designed to help carers understand the impact of mental illness on their loved one; how to improve their relationship; how to develop caring skills, and how carers can keep themselves well emotionally in the long run.
There’s also an opportunity to connect with other carers who may be experiencing similar issues and learn from each other. The carer workshops go for 2 hours with a short break.
Who are the workshops for?
There are other issues or disorders that affect the brain, that are not considered mental illness. Examples include autism, acquired brain injury, dementia (eg Alzheimer’s syndrome), Asperger’s syndrome and intellectual disabilities (like Down Syndrome).
If you’re unsure whether our workshops are relevant to you and the person you care for, please get in touch with us so we can discuss your needs.
If you’re currently a mental health professional and are not, or have not cared for or about someone in a personal capacity, these workshops are not appropriate for you. Please contact us to discuss training opportunities specifically for mental health professionals.
Caring Skills – Part 1
Caring Skills – Part 2
Effective Communication – Part 1
Effective Communication – Part 2
If you have ever wanted to learn more about the dynamics in relationships and our default roles within these relationships, then this workshop is for you. We also discuss conflict resolution and take you through how to de-escalate heightened emotions in others and ourselves.
The recovery approach is about helping a person take control of their own life. In this workshop we define mental health recovery and how it affects different aspects of life for a person with mental health challenges. Interestingly, carers have a parallel journey of recovery. Mental health services in Australia are guided by recovery–oriented guidelines and we see what this may mean for those who interact with these services.
This workshop assists carers in understanding recovery-based practice and care. We offer suggestions on how carers can avoid common pitfalls and how to best support their loved ones on their journey of recovery.
Boundaries to protect us, put us in charge of our own lives, promote healthy relationships, promote independence and reduce stress and conflict. In this workshop we explore indicators to set a boundary, how and why we sabotage our own efforts and practice the steps to set healthy boundaries
We also discuss boundaries and the roles they play in promoting healthy relationships and reducing stress and conflict. We explore how to: recognise when boundaries are required; understand how and why we sabotage our own efforts; and how to practice the steps to set healthy boundaries.
The Power of Personal Boundaries – Part 1
The Power of Personal Boundaries – Part 2
Bouncing Back – Developing Resilience – Part 1
Bouncing Back Developing Resilience – Part 2
Let’s talk about Suicide
Understanding Mental Illnesses
In this workshop we tackle the question ‘what is mental illness?’ We discuss the various types of mental illnesses – how they can affect people and their possible causes. We distinguish myths from facts and touch on the stigma that surrounds mental illness and what can be done about it. Also discussed is appropriate and inappropriate language regarding mental illness as well as how mental illness is diagnosed, what treatments are available and what is the way forward.
Become a Member
Over the past 40 years, Arafmi has grown and continues to strive for better services for carers and to do so, we rely on our long-standing relationships with our members who are an integral part of our journey.