Current national policies present a challenge to the existing mental health workforce as most staff have not been trained to work with people within the context of their social support network. This paper presents two complementary training initiatives designed to enable mental health staff to meet the range of needs of families: (1) an in‐house accredited (one‐year) course that has enabled the successful creation of specialist family intervention in psychosis teams; and (2) a whole‐team trust‐wide training programme (three‐day course) to promote partnership working with families by both community and inpatient teams. Issues that have enabled the successful translation of training to practice are considered.
Burbach, F. and Stanbridge, R. (2008), "Training to develop family inclusive routine practice and specialist family interventions in Somerset", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 23-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/17556228200800012
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited