8 days (2 + 2 + 2 + 2)

About this course

Multi-family therapy is an increasingly popular and evidenced-based approach for a whole range of presentations:

  • eating disorders,
  • schizophrenia,
  • multi-problem families,
  • educational failure,
  • emotional and behavioural problems in children and teenagers, and more. 

It is rarely a ‘stand-alone’ approach but is often used in combination with other interventions. When 6 – 8 families are treated together, they use their own resources and share their ideas and strategies with one another, enabling a mutual learning process which relegates therapist to take a ‘back-seat’. 

The course presents a framework for setting up and successfully running multi-family work in Health, Social Services and Educational settings. Participants will be shown examples of best practice and will be given a full explanation of the theoretical principles that underpin the approach. They will be given support over the course of the year to think about how to tailor the approach to the context they are working in. They also will receive guidance on how to support their practice by using outcome measures.  

The course places a strong emphasis on experiential learning alongside more traditional teaching methods, illustrative clinical examples and video material. Participants will be supported to apply the principles taught through participating in, and later co-ordinating MFT activities within the group and reflecting on process.  Work with specific settings and client groups will covered, including ‘multi-problem’ families, adult mental health, eating disorders, parents and infants, family violence, schools and social care. Participants will receive tailored support and guidance on how to implement the model in their own work setting throughout the course.

The course will cover

  • Key family systemic theoretical perspectives
  • Multi-family group theory and practice
  • Application of multi-family group approaches in schools, Social Services, CAMHS and other health care settings, including the use of outcome measures
  • Mentalization-focused theory and practice as applied to multi -family group work
  • Resilience and social competence building
  • Partnership working with colleagues
  • Practical guidance for setting up and running multi-family groups in diverse settings
  • Evidence base for MFT

Who is this course suitable for?

All professionals with an interest in helping children who are presenting with emotional behavioural and mental health difficulties in schools, Social Care and Health settings. Particularly suitable for those who are keen to develop a practical, evidence-based, multi-family group approach, in parallel with other interventions.

Aims of the course?

Participants will:

  • Gain a good theoretical understanding of the multi-family group approach in health, social care and school settings
  • Be taught how to set up and run multi-family groups
  • Learn how to integrate multi-family work with other interventions
  • Understand how to use measures in a way that supports clinical work with families as well as examining therapeutic outcomes for multi-family groups
  • Gain an understanding of how to incorporate mentalization-focused and resilience-building activities into multi family group working.