Maudsley masterclass

Assessing parents with mental health difficulties (Family Partnership Model Level 1)

Schools & CAMHS

Course information

Upcoming Date: TBC
Upcoming Time: TBC
Length: 1 day
Cost: £199.00
Equivalent to 6 CPD hours

About the course

parents mental health

Over half of children of parents affected by mental health problems develop mental health difficulties themselves. Parents’ own mental health difficulties can make it harder to look after children safely, warmly, and consistently. Effective assessment of parental mental health and parenting needs can reduce parenting stress, safeguarding risk, and intergenerational transmission of mental health difficulties as well as improve family resilience and children’s social and emotional outcomes.

Suitable for a range of professionals working with adults with mental illness, this one-day course is based on the Family Partnership Model which provides a simple yet effective tool to integrate conversations about parenting into routine assessments. At the end of the course learners will have a practical resource to use with parents to develop an accurate and shared understanding of their needs and those of their family.

This course is delivered by leading parenting experts from the Centre for Parent and Child Support (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust). Using the latest evidence, user-based perspectives, practice examples, and participative learning, this course provides learners with an active, engaging, and reflective opportunity to:

  • consider the impact of parental mental health on families, including risk and protective factors.
  • examine the challenges to clinicians and clinical services in exploring and assessing the impact of parental mental health difficulties.
  • use an evidence-based framework and resources to assess and formulate parenting, child and family strengths, and the needs of parents with mental health difficulties.

If you are interested in further developing your skills in this area, Maudsley Learning and the Centre for Parent and Child Support offer the following advanced programmes:

  • Therapeutic working with parents with mental health difficulties (Family Partnership Model Level 2)
  • Challenges working with parents with mental health difficulties (Family Partnership Model Level 3)

The Centre for Parent and Child Support believes all practitioners have the right and the responsibility to talk about parental mental health.

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Learning Objectives

What you will learn from taking this course:

  • Discuss the impact of parental mental health difficulties on parenting and child development
  • Identify key priorities for future working to improve parenting and child outcomes
  • Elicit key parenting information within a standard adult mental health assessment using the Family Partnership Practice Tools
  • Adapt the Family Partnership Practice Tools to their practice

Course Information

Target audience

Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, RMN, Social worker, ST4-7 – psychiatry

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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
Assistant Headteacher - London
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.
Teacher - London