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Think Family Training

11 Oct

Trainer: Sarah Watt

Think Family Training 

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 clinical assessment, support, and recovery. FFP has become 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).

Since 2012 Think Family NI, encouraging family focused practice, has been developed and implemented within a regional action plan under the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership. To date the initiative has focused mainly on the Statutory sector. CiNI has been tasked with providing awareness raising on 'Think Family NI' and has been asked to promote training on The Family Model (TFM) in the voluntary and community sector. We aim to help embed this approach with the goal of improving outcomes for children, young people and families where the parent has mental illness and/or substance use problems.

The Family Model, developed by international expert Dr Adrian Falkov, provides clinicians and managers with a brief, accessible, and practical 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.

This workshop will:

  •  Provide you with an overview of the Think Family strategy
  • Review The Family Model and each of its critical ‘domains’
  • Teach helpful language prompts to support The Family Model
  • Introduce you to service user stories to enable understanding of the impact of Family Focused Practice
  • Facilitate the opportunity to practice skills key to Family Focused Practice
  • 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.


Important Information:

  1. 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.
  2. Lunch will be provided. If you have any special dietary requirements, please email or call 028 90 401290 at least 2 days in advance of the training date.
  3. While this is a free training event, if you cannot attend and do not provide notice of at least 2 working days your organisation will be charged a cancellation fee of £20 per trainee.
  4. Please bring your ticket with you on the day, either printed out, or on your phone/tablet.
  5. Registration is at 9.45 for a 10am course start. 


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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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