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Think Family Model (virtual training)

25 Mar

Trainers: Stephanie Harvie and Sarah Watt

Family Focused Practice (FFP) acknowledges that individuals living with mental illness are members of family systems, and that recognition of parents, parenting, and children/young people is a vital part of assessment, support, and recovery.

As a result of COVID-19, more families are suffering from stress and anxiety which can lead to mental-ill health and/or increased alcohol/substance usage. This course has been adapted for the virtual delivery format and has up-to-date content and referral contacts to upskill staff supporting service users through this crisis.

The Family Model (TFM), provides a brief, accessible, and practical family focused approach that supports collaborative ways of working with individuals and their families in which one or more members experience mental illness. TFM can be implemented by staff of varying experience and professional backgrounds.

The aim of this training is to help embed this approach into organisational practice with the goal of improving outcomes for children, young people and families where the parent has mental illness and/or substance use problems.

This workshop will:

• Provide you with an overview of the Think Family strategy

• Review The Family Model and each of its key ‘domains’

• Teach helpful language prompts to support family focused practice

• Introduce you to service user stories to enable understanding of the impact of Family Focused Practice

• Facilitate the opportunity to practice skills key to The Family Model

• Provide you with the confidence to apply The Family Model in your daily practice

• Provide follow up materials to encourage the continuation of learning beyond the training room.

The Family Model was developed by international expert Dr Adrian Falkov. FFP has been a priority for the Health and Social Care Board since 2009 in line with international and wider UK developments and in response to inquiry reports (i.e. O Neill Inquiry, 2008).

Previous participants have said:“it was very helpful to hear about the components of the family model and how straightforward it is to put into practice”.“well delivered training…delivered to a high standard…, good pace” “it was really informative and well thought out”.

This Zoom session will have breaks throughout the day.

Important Information:

• Our funding restrictions are such that this training is only available to those who work/volunteer for a voluntary, charitable, faith or community-based organisation. Please ensure you meet this criteria before applying.

• While this is a free training event and places are limited and in high demand - if you cannot attend we urge you to get in contact so another can take up your place.

• Please allow at least 10 minutes prior to training start time to check your computer/tablet/smartphone video & audio settings and to complete your Pre-Training Self Efficacy Evaluation.

• If you have questions or need assistance, please email or call

028 9040 1290


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*Please note, while this course is free of charge, if you cannot attend please email at least 3 working days in advance. Otherwise, your organisation will be charged a cancellation fee of £20.

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