Clinical staff building skills to work with families.

Behavioural Family Therapy Training


In January and March of this year , 22 Trust clinical staff completed a training course in Behavioural Family Therapy.  The training is delivered by Adult Mental Health staff and supported by a small team of carers and service users who share their experiences, describing the impact of mental health difficulties on the whole family. There is no written assessment during the training and a variety of approaches to learning are used, including; group work, discussions, observing family sessions and giving feedback.

Natasha Batty- Charge Nurse at Lucy Wade Unit, Millbook described her experience.
‘I had some apprehensions about carrying out the BFT training after being informed that it relied heavily on role play, however, the team were wonderful in alleviating our anxieties and I actually found the role play incredibly beneficial in completing the training! The training was very well conducted and, although intense, equipped us with the skills necessary to be confident in carrying this work out. I currently work on an inpatient ward within the Trust but hope to be able to begin implementing the principles of family work with service users that I work with’.
The training sessions are held in Nottingham and Rampton Hospital. Over a quarter of the clinical staff in Adult Mental Health have now completed the course. Family work has been identified within the Trust Recovery Strategy as a strong evidence base for the effectiveness of family work both locally and internationally. After completing the training, staff members are encouraged to attend monthly group supervision sessions and annual Refresher Days which are run by the Family Interventions Team. These days give staff the chance to discuss concerns, maintain confidence and share good practise.

This course is open to clinical staff working in the Adult Mental Health directorate. If you would like to apply for a place on a future course please contact:

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