Developed over a period of more than 30 years, the multi-family groups in schools model offers accessible, non-stigmatising, psychological support to children who are disruptive, hyperactive, impulsive, anxious, depressed, have erratic school attendance or experience social difficulties. The aim is to improve emotional, mental health-related and academic outcomes for children and young people with these complex problems by sharing experiences with other families.
Multi-family groups in schools rely on a rich partnership being formed between a CAMHS professional and a teacher. The skills and knowledge exchange afforded through their working together enables the best of mental health practice and teaching and learning to be combined to ensure that the children, young people and their families attending the groups benefit.
The model is provided in three ways: through delivery, training and consultation.
Multi-family groups in schools are designed to give children who are frequently at risk of exclusion access to psychological and therapeutic help whilst working with their families. By introducing the multi-family groups model within schools, support is provided to both the young person and their family within the non-stigmatising environment of the school.
Delivery of the model aims to:
Address the behaviour that puts the child at risk of exclusion
Develop the child's social and emotional skills
Enable parents to improve their relationships with their child and school
Exchange skills and knowledge between mental health and education professionals
Develop mini-communities capable of sustaining improvement
Raise children's academic achievements and attendance rates
Reduce anti-social behaviour
Improve parenting competencies
Develop trust with professional service providers
Improve family-school relationships
Multi-Family Therapy Group trainings are delivered by experienced practitioners with significant experience of successfully embedding the model in schools in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the UK.
We also offer bespoke consultations and supervisions targeted at heads, senior managers of schools and senior psychological, social and mental health support professionals and commissioners.
Current work and research
We are currently working on a three-year multi-family-groups project in Ealing and Brent.