The Talisman Foundation encourages good family contact within the perimeters of our
Behaviour modification program. In the absence of behavioural issues, family contact
is for the most part unrestricted but controlled. The Talisman Foundation views the
family as a key partner in the recovery of our residents.
Family members are encouraged to become part of the rehabilitation process by initially
aiding the resident with support, encouragement, acceptance, providing info and breaking
the very common co-dependence cycle through liason and sharing in the outcomes to
It is the family members responsibility to sought feedback from the relevant facilitator
and to ensure that their actions are consistent and in concordance with agreed objectives.
Family involvement becomes paramount during the discharge process whereby more family
meetings will be held to ensure a smooth and successful transition to independent
or less structured living.
Research consistently demonstrates that with serious mental health disorders, such
as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar mood disorder and depression,
improved outcomes are achieved when families are active participants in the resident’s
We offer education to equip families with the factual information necessary to partner
with the treatment team to support the resident’s recovery. Consultations are provided
on an as needed basis.