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Carer 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.

Who are the carer workshops for?

Arafmi Carer Workshops are for people who care for, or about, someone with mental illness/es. We warmly welcome parents, partners, relatives and friends caring for/about a loved one with mental illness. The person they care for may have a mood disorder (such as bipolar disorder and depression), anxiety disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) and other mental illnesses.

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.

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 31/2 hours with a break for morning tea.

How to register for our carer workshops?

If you’d like to attend one or more of our carer workshops, it is important that you register so that we have an idea of numbers for resources and catering. You can register online, or if you prefer you can call us on 07 3254 1881 or email us at carereducation@arafmi.com.au

How much does a workshop cost?

Our online workshop are free. Our face to face workshops are free for members and $10 for non-members which we kindly ask you to bring on the day. We would encourage everybody to become an Arafmi member and receive a range of benefits for an investment of $10 (for waged) and $5 (non-waged) and to also help Arafmi with our fundraising for carer events. Click here to find out more about becoming a member.

Upcoming online workshops

Dual Diagnosis: Mental Illness and Substance Use – Part 1

In this 2-part workshop carers explore possible reasons to understand substance use; helpful and unhelpful responses; when loved ones may be most receptive to change; strategies for coping; the importance of self-care and where to find help.

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Dual Diagnosis: Mental Illness and Substance Use – Part 1

In this 2-part workshop carers explore possible reasons to understand substance use; helpful and unhelpful responses; when loved ones may be most receptive to change; strategies for coping; the importance of self-care and where to find help.

Find out more »

Dual Diagnosis: Mental Illness and Substance Use – Part 1

In this 2-part workshop carers explore possible reasons to understand substance use; helpful and unhelpful responses; when loved ones may be most receptive to change; strategies for coping; the importance of self-care and where to find help.

Find out more »

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Become a member today

To cover the costs of resources and light catering, our workshops incur a $10 fee for non-members and $5 for members. We would encourage everybody to become an Arafmi member and receive a range of benefits for an investment of $10 for wage-earners and $5 for non-waged members.

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