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Family interventions in Psychosis

Duration One day (6 hours online session)
Fees £120
Session LeaderDr Lucille Allain, Dr. Karolina Slovenko-Bell & Laura Sooklalsingh
Date Contact NHS study day Team for more information


This one-day training aims to provide a summary of the impact of the role of the carers and the clinical needs of mental health service users with psychosis who are regularly cared for by families and friends. It will be of interest to mental health professionals working with service users with schizophrenia and other psychoses under inpatient and community mental health settings.

Course content

During the session, participants will be introduced to a range of common family–based interventions, assessing their role in promoting the wellbeing of service users and current evidence base.

By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  1. Develop awareness of the available, up-to-date evidence on the impact of mental health diagnoses on service users, their family members/carers, and their relationships
  2. Understand the evidence base for family work and interventions when working with psychosis and schizoaffective disorders
  3. Introduction to key principles and practices from systemic family therapy, behavioural family treatment and family interventions frameworks relevant to working with service users, their families, social and professional networks
  4. Demonstrate and practice some of these skills/interventions and consider the applicability to your practice; for example, using genograms as an assessment and engagement tool, helping families identify goals for change and develop more effective communication and problem-solving skills, and others.
  5. Develop awareness of the role of your own family stories, beliefs and values in your engagement and work with service users and their family/social networks.

Learning and teaching

Study mode: Synchronous online delivery via virtual classroom using one of the following web-based learning and teaching platforms (e.g. MS teams, Kaltura new row, Adobe Connect, Zoom).  The content on the day will be delivered via a mixture of PowerPoint presentation, small group exercise and discussion, group feedback and recap/quiz.

Fees and funding

There are several funding options available:

  • Receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • Paying your own fees. This course is £110
  • Sponsorship by your employer.

For more information on these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

How to apply

To apply for this course, please email our NHS study days team.

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