Maudsley masterclass

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

Mental healthcare

Course information

Upcoming Date: TBC
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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 who work with adults with mental health difficulties, this one-day course builds on the assessment skills taught in Assessing parents with mental health difficulties (Family Partnership Level 1). This course shows learners how to work collaboratively with parents to set achievable goals and start implementing practical changes. Based on the Family Partnership Model and using interactive and case-based learning, this course will cover: 


  • Patient engagement and motivation 
  • Goal setting using the SMARTER model 
  • Strategy planning and implementation 
  • An introduction to resources that aim to strengthen the parent-child relationship and child behaviour 

This course is delivered by leading parenting experts from the Centre for Parent and Child Support (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) together with Maudsley LearningIf you are interested in further developing your skills in this area the following courses are also offered 


  • Assessing parents with mental health difficulties (Family Partnership Model Level 1) 
  • Challenges working with parents with mental health difficulties (Family Partnership Model Level 3) 


Note: completion of prior courses is not required to undertake this course. 


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:

  • Engage parents in hopeful conversations about change
  • Set meaningful, realistic, and measurable parenting goals with parents
  • Work collaboratively with parents to identify resources and plan how they will achieve goals

Course Information

Target audience

Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, Psychology student, RMN, 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