This training programme is designed to teach professionals how to set up and run Multi Family Groups at school.
The programme is packed with detailed filmed illustrations of how a family group works. For this, we are extremely grateful to the children, their parents and the staff working at Downe Manor Primary School in the London Borough of Ealing who very kindly agreed to us filming their Family Group. They are very keen that many more professionals can learn how to run family groups. They have said they want lots more children and their families to receive the same sort of help they have experienced in the group.
The training programme will equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to set up and run their own Multi Family Group in School.
Teaching is broken down into three separate units which are made up of film sequences, guided voiceover and associated reading material.
Participants will learn how the Targets, Planning, Action, Reflection and Transfer framework guides the first meeting of a Multi Family Group in School.
Participants will learn what skills are necessary to perform as group leaders on subsequent weeks with filmed illustrations of techniques employable from weeks 3 to 7.
Participants will learn key theoretical concepts that influence and underpin the delivery of the Multi Family Groups in School model.
Reading materials and downloads are available for each part of the units with the full Manual accessible in Unit 3. At the end of the training programme you will be able to download a completion certificate.
Participants will learn how to:
- Use two different ways of helping children, parents and school staff design targets that will be relevant and useful in the family group.
- Lead a planning phase of a first group meeting so that individuals are fully engaged and know how they will participate in the group.
- Run an action phase of the group using a Lego activity that involves parents and children working together in different configurations.
- Lead a reflection phase which highlights lessons learned and changes observed, from the children and parents’ participation in the previous action phase.
- Lead the group on how to help children and parents think about the best ways of transferring changes initiated in the group, to the classroom and home.
Participants will learn how to:
- Use target setting enabling feedback from all members of the group.
- Lead the group in employing alternative ways of planning, including the speedy planning procedure.
- Use warm-up activities and group cohesion games.
- Enable children to gather filmed feedback from peers and staff at school and how to use this in the Family Group to review progress.
- Lead the group using spaghetti model making and composite group portraits activities.
- Use reflection techniques in the multi family group.
- Lead discussion about how changes arising in the Family Group will be transferred into the classroom and home.
- Lead a group ending session.
Participants will learn about:
- Systemic Family Therapy Theory
- Multi Family Therapy Theory
- Mentalization-based Therapy Theory including the relevance of Epistemic Trust.
- Targets, Planning, Action, Reflection and Transfer concepts as they relate to the above.