Working with families with physical illness: a systemic approach

Course overview

The care and support of children and adults affected by serious physical illness, disability and treatment regimes falls largely to their families.

Familial relationships are affected by and can affect the development, treatment and prognosis for serious illness. This course is designed to assist professionals in engaging with families and working across the many different professional agencies that may be involved.

The National Service Framework (NSF) commissioning children’s and young people’s palliative care services recommends offering psychological support and therapy to families. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for long term chronic illness also recommend emotional and psychological support for children, parents and carers.


In a change to the previously published dates we are now planning to run this course in April-May 2021. We hope that this will allow the course to go ahead safely face to face at the Tavistock Centre. We will however keep alternative delivery options under review as the current situation evolves over the coming months.  If you are interested in joining the course but would like to know a bit more about how this might work before signing up, please contact us at CPDevents@tavi-port.ac.uk

The aim of the course is to enable professionals to reflect on the psychosocial aspects of their work with illness and disability using a systemic framework, thinking about families as a resource and a context for change. Seminars will offer participants a theoretical understanding of the systemic model and skills needed to apply this when working with the physically ill.

The course will draw on your own experiences and the experiences of the facilitators in both hospital and community based adult and child health. It will include a variety of teaching methods including seminars, group and experiential work, clinical reflection and consultation and presentations from external speakers.

Themes to be explored include:

  • an introduction to the systemic approach
  • the fit between the family, the professional and the health care system
  • cultural perspectives and diversity
  • the meaning of illness for children and adolescents
  • addressing the implications of illness for adults as couples and parents
  • systemic work with pain and other symptoms
  • importance of transgenerational meanings in illness and disability
  • loss and hope in work with illness
  • personal-professional boundaries: the personal implications for professionals and agencies

The aim of the course is to enable professionals to reflect on the psychosocial aspects of their work with illness and disability using a systemic framework, thinking about families as a resource and a context for change. Seminars will offer participants a theoretical understanding of the systemic model and skills needed to apply this when working with the physically ill.

This course invites applications from professionals working with people affected by physical illness. They can be medically trained such as nurses, doctors, occupational therapists. Applications are also welcomed from non-medical professionals including social workers, psychologists, counsellors, teachers and spiritual carers.

A maximum of 20 places are available.

Excellent course that I have been telling colleagues about and extoling its virtues. (Oct 19)

Really interesting and thought provoking - will certainly take the ideas here into my own work. (Nov 18)

The course runs from 10am to 5pm on the following Thursdays

15/4/2021

29/4/2021

6/5/2021

20/5/2021

27/5/2021


£850

To apply please click on the green “APPLY” button on the left of your screen

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying).

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists, and regularly share helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website: https://library.tavistockandportman.ac.uk

Code:
CPD57
Qualification:
Certificate of attendance
Course length:
5 weeks
Attendance:
Part-time
Mode:
Classroom
Location:
The Tavistock Centre, London
Population:
Families
Theoretical approach:
Systemic
Admission status:
Open
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Date:
April 2021 to May 2021