About this course

The specialist team at the AFNCCF have developed a three-day training course which provides frontline staff with a toolbox of skills that can be used to intervene and support families where there is parental conflict. The training covers how to:

  • Use psychoeducation with parents in conflict and their social network (including access to a series short online videos)
  • Keep the child at the forefront by identifying and monitoring child centred goals with the parents
  • Help parents and their networks recognise their ‘triggers’ and develop coping strategies so that they regulate and manage conflict better
  • Help parents and their networks recognise and change problematic communication patterns
  • Help parents and the child’s network move away from a blaming narrative so that they can support a child to have a good relationship with both their parents
  • Help parents make and experiment with written parenting agreements
  • Develop reflective practice when supporting parents in conflict, including managing the emotional impact of working with parental conflict and improving cultural reflexivity

The course is delivered using the framework of our ‘Family Ties Online Help’ intervention. This is a semi-structured, manualised 10 session treatment package for parents in conflict that can be delivered online or in person. However, the intervention does not have to be delivered in its entirety. Practitioners can pick and choose any component of the treatment package based on their role and the families need.

A treatment guide and access to short videos for parents will be provided along with teaching slides for this training at part of this course.

The course itself will involve a combination of didactic teaching and interactive role play and case discussion in order to develop practitioner’s skills.

Aims of course
  • Provide a broad introduction to working with parents in conflict, in order to improve outcomes for children and the core principles of the therapeutic approach
  • Increase practitioner’s confidence with regard to supporting parents in conflict
  • Increase culturally reflexive practice in relation to working with parents in conflict
  • Access a toolbox of skills and resources for working with parents and families, dependent on the practitioner’s role and the families need
  • Develop knowledge of a semi-structured, manualised treatment package for parents in conflict that can be delivered online or in person
Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for all frontline staff who support families.

How to commission this training?

This online training is offered to teams and services. The fee is £675 per person and we require a minimum of 15 participants (£10,125 training fee) but we can take up to 25 participants (£16,875 training fee). If you would like to commission the training, please fill in this form

System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

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