A Recovery Approach: Beyond existence and survival

Course overview

The training is aimed at all professionals working in multi‐disciplinary community based teams (adults and young people) to enable them to develop skills to formulate and use cognitive behavioural and psychosocial strategies aimed at recovery and staying well after a mental illness and or substance misuse.

The course will build on the experience and expertise of practitioners, incorporate recent developments in the evidence base for recovery and relapse prevention after a mental illness including depression and psychosis. The course will also introduce models for practice development within the community teams which gives emphasis to the importance and necessity for cross agency collaboration.

Systemic issues will be explored which reflect an understanding of psychodynamic processes and the importance of developing a reflective capability in working with clients and their families.

The course aims to develop skills which support a recovery approach empowering clients and their families, instilling hope, managing risk and prevent future deterioration.

A unique feature of the training is to support participants understanding and to make links between mental health, trauma and substance misuse as well as previous and potential future risks.  However, the approach intends to develop and hone efficacy in core team members enabling them to impart knowledge and capability and implement their learning within their wider teams.

  • Consider attribution theories and stress vulnerability models (risk and resilience).

  • Understand the importance of communication and language in relation to a recovery approach.   

  • Review how Early Warning Signs (EWS), management steps and coping strategies can be amalgamated into a collaborative plan to ensure all involved know how to support and maintain wellbeing in relation to recovery.

  • Utilise systemic assessment and intervention aimed at transforming problematic service responses to families concerns and signs of elevated relapse risk.

  • Learn approaches including assessment and intervention strategies to elicit information to support a recovery approach. 


At the end of the two day course and to achieve the above, the following subjects will be covered: 
  • Policy and The Recovery Approach

  • Communication and the language of empowerment
  •  Assertive Outreach 
  •  Motivational Interviewing

  •  CBT

  •  Genograms and time lines

  • Avoiding relapse identifying Early Warning Signs (EWS)

  •  Developing a relapse signature

  •  Working with families

  •  Multi Agency Approach and collaborative cross agency working 

The course is targeted at all professionals working with adults, young people and their families. It will be of special interest to social workers, adult mental health clinicians and nurses, drugs workers for adults and young people, health visitors, YOS workers, Accident and Emergency staff, prison staff, and those working in the voluntary sector. 

The course is being run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in collaboration with FACCTTS (Family Adolescent Child Consultation Training and Therapeutic Services).

 The course facilitator is Martin Smith, he is a Consultant CAMHS nurse and the Director of FACCTTS. He was a previous Senior Lecturer/Researcher with the Middlesex University and Honorary Lecturer with the Tavistock. His current clinical practice is with CAMHS and Youth Offending Services. Martin has national and international reputation in research and teaching.


  Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Power point slides

  • Role plays

  • Short video clips

  • Break out groups/group discussions

  • Case studies

"the course walked the talk as to interagency working – we gained so much from meeting workers from other agencies and sectors" 

"The role play for this course was most thought provoking and a profound piece of learning"

"at last I understand the links – and seeing the issues in synergy not in silos"

"a fantastic opportunity to reflect on our own practice"

"Understanding Genograms, timelines and eco maps – has changed my practice"

New dates for this course will be advertised here in due course. Please contact us at CPDevents@tavi-port.ac.uk to be added to the waiting list.

Fees will be announced here when the course is next open for booking

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Course length:
2 days
The Tavistock Centre, London
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