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Training Trainers

Course duration: 5 days (consecutive)

This course, which usually runs on an annual basis, forms an integral part of the Meriden Family Programmes cascade approach to training. It is open to those who have completed initial training in Behavioural Family Therapy and wish to train as a BFT Trainer within their own locality/service.

The purpose of the course is to provide participants with the skills necessary to train and supervise therapists in the use of family interventions for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other serious mental health problems. As with all of the Meriden Family Programmes training, the course is highly participative in nature and provides participants with the opportunity to practice skills and to receive feedback from fellow participants and from the facilitators.  Those attending will learn skills for use in straightforward training and supervisory situations, and also how to handle unexpected events and awkward questions.

Themes include:

  • Principles of adult learning
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Facilitation of role-play and small group learning
  • Family work supervision
  • Organisation of family work training: practical considerations
  • Implementation and delivery of family work training
  • Dealing with challenging situations

The training is intensive, with a high tutor to participant ratio (1:5).  Through role-play, group exercises and videotaped sessions, participants receive thorough and detailed feedback on their performance and areas for development.


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