Factors Contributing to the Parenting Sensitivity of Mothers Diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness: An Exploratory Study

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 205

Catherine Wright, Early Childhood Mental Health System Coordinator, Mental Health Division, MN Department of Human Services

Catherine Wright’s presentation will focus on a study to better understand the parenting needs of parents with serious mental illness who were parenting preschoolers.  It was funded by the State and has served to help increase the dialogue across child and adult serving systems.  It has also led to changes in some policies in the mental health division around two generational approaches.

Catherine is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and the Early Childhood Mental Health System Coordinator within the Mental Health Division of the Department of Human Services for the State of Minnesota.  She has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and over 20 years of experience providing direct children’s mental health services and managing children’s mental health programs and systems.  Catherine is interested in developing an evidenced based treatment for parents with serious mental illness who are parenting their young children.

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