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Early Intervention in Psychosis Behavioural Family Therapy Training

Course duration: 5 days (usually consecutive, but can be flexible on request)

This course will provide a solid grounding in the information and skills necessary for working with families who are in contact with Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services. It introduces all elements of the Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) model of family work, while paying specific attention to the models application within the context of EIP.   There are some didactic elements, but the course is mainly a skills-based experiential learning course where participants have the opportunity to practice skills and get feedback.  As with all the training provided through the Meriden Family Programme, skills-based practice is carried out in small groups with a 1:5 tutor to participant ratio throughout the course.

Topics include:

  • National Policy and Guidelines on family work in early psychosis
  • Literature review on family work in early psychosis
  • The response of families
  • Issues relating to grief, loss and other emotional reactions in families
  • Diagnostic uncertainty
  • Confidentiality conflicts
  • The needs of siblings and young people
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Integrating different models of family work in early psychosis services
  • Implementing family work in early psychosis services

All participants are provided with a Family Work training manual as well as additional hand-outs and written resources.

  • Example flyer
  • Course learning objectives
  • Example course evaluation/newsletter article
  • Quotes from participants