Edie Mannion, M.F.T.
Child Custody Issues Training Specialist
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Edie Mannion is the manager and co-founder of the Training and Education Center (TEC), a program focusing on the lives of parents with psychiatric disabilities, which has been a part of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP) since 1985. TEC received the National Mental Health Association's 2004 Innovative Program Award and a grant from their Invisible Children's Project. She also received the 2009 of Board of Director’s award from MHASP. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council’s family committee.
TEC has: helped to develop a program ofparenting classes and support groups specific to parents with mental illness; developed a web site for youth growing up with mental illness in the family http://www.mhasp.org/coping; operated a coping skills workshop for children 7-10 and their families; run workshops and support groups for adult sons and daughters of parents with psychiatric disabilities; provided workshops and problem solving groups for family members of adults recovering from psychiatric disabilities; offered cross-training for case managers and child welfare workers about helping families in which parents have psychiatric disabilities and also parenting minor children; and sponsored training and technical assistance for adult behavioral health agencies and programs trying to implement family-friendly policies and procedures
Ms. Mannion is a therapist and consultant in private practice, with a specialty in dialectical behavior therapy and families/couples dealing with mood disorders and borderline personality disorder. She has published extensively on mental illness and families. Ms. Mannion has been deeply involved in the development of a wide range of the Collaborative’s parent and family focused materials (available on the tucollaborative.org website) and is currently involved with the Collaborative’s randomized controlled study to assessing the impact of an Internet-based parenting intervention for mothers with psychiatric disabilities.