Webinar 55: Collaborating With Families is Good for Recovery!

Open to the Public
Len Polak


Within the mental health system, inclusion of families in the recovery planning and treatment of loved ones generally is not embraced across the spectrum of service. Lots of theories abound on why this doesn’t happen. However, this doesn’t prevent us from looking at the benefits of including families, and that when we enter into a collaborative conversation with them and their loved one, every one benefits.

This webinar will have us explore: what family is; what families need; and, how we can engage with families and bring them into the treatment planning as they yearn to support their loved one living with a mental illness.


Learning goals:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what family is
  • Walk the family journey and identify what some of their needs are along the way
  • Discover ways to engage with families and how they can support their loved one.


Presenter: Len Polak

For over 25 years now, Len has worked in both of the Fraser Health service streams of Mental Health, and Substance Use Service.  Over this time, Len has held a number of roles including:  EPI Group and Family Therapist, Rehabilitation and Recovery Coordinator, Youth, Family and Adult Addictions Counselor, and most recently as Coordinator of the FH MHSU Family Support Services Program.  Len has led the development of two policies: the FH MHSU Sharing of Information policy and accompanying CPG, as well as, the draft Family Inclusion and Support policy.  Len says that what fueled the creation of the two policies, is the undeniable evidence that families are a rich resource to their loved one’s recovery and their presence and support need to be affirmed, celebrated and supported. 

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