Dr Jenny BrownFamily therapy consultant, PhD researcher and author
Jenny Brown has been working in the field of child and family mental health and family therapy since the 1980’s. She has consulted and trained professionals in the field for over 3 decades in Australia and the USA. Her PhD research was exploring parent’s experience of their child’s mental health treatment.
She is a writer and speaker on family systems applied to family and non-family relationship groups. Amongst several publications, Jenny is the author of the best-selling book: ‘Growing Yourself Up’. Her most recent publications is: ‘Confident Parenting’. She has developed a manualised program to enable parents to be a confident resource for their struggling children (The Parent Hope Project). She has a number of articles published in peer reviewed journals including:
The reciprocity between parents and their child’s mental health treatment systems, Family Systems: A Journal of Natural Systems Thinking in Psychiatry and the Sciences, 14:2, 2020
Engaging with parents in adolescent mental health services, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, June 2020
Parents’ experiences of their adolescent’s mental health treatment: Helplessness or agency-based hope, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 23:4, pp.644-662., 2018.
We Don’t Need Your Help, But Will You Please Fix Our Children? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (ANZJFT) Vol.29 No.2 pp. 61-69. 2008
Additionally she has a web site and range of resources to support parents: https://www.parentproject.com.au/.
Jenny founded the Family Systems Institute, Sydney Australia in 2004 (a NFP training centre in Bowen Family Systems Theory). She is a clinical member and supervisor for the Australian Association of Family Therapy. In 2018 she received the ANJFT award for distinguished contribution to family therapy in Australia.
2021 SCAP Presentation: Family Therapy – how to engage parents who just want experts to fix their children
Family therapy interventions have the ability to assist parents in moving past the narrow focus on simply fixing their child. Therefore, family systems interventions are important and useful in engaging parents as active contributors to their child/adolescents recovery of their wellbeing. The broader family therapy field offers many treatments to treat different children’s symptoms. There is much research into the correlation between family factors and young people’s mental health problems, and also research upon the parent’s experience of their child’s treatments. There is an opportunity for school counsellors/psychologists to learn intervention methods that they can apply in engaging anxious parents who are sensitive to blame.