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Family Portrait

Enter the fascinating world

of family work

Working with Families

6 Day Foundation Programme


Angie Bradley

Angie has over thirty years experience in the world of training. She has worked primarily in the public sector, but additionally has facilitated many private sector training sessions. She has worked as a counsellor for over 15 years, been a children's foster carer for over 10 years and has facilitated parental best practice whilst working on the Separated parents information programme.



This course combines the learning of theory and practice through a mix of direct teaching delivery, group discussions and experiential exercises such as role play / skill practice sessions.

Course Details

The course comprises 2 days each of:

Assessment and understanding family dynamics

Parenting and working creatively with families

Working with families experiencing heightened emotions and blended families


The course content outline is presented below. Please note the day structure/content may vary slightly depending on needs of attendees and flow of the days

Day 1

Understanding the differences in working with families to working with individuals and understanding family lifecycle and child development


  1. Appreciate the differences in working in a relational way to working with individuals

  2. Explore the differences in working with young children and adolescents as part of a family

  3. Experientially explore the competencies required in counselling children and young people and adults as part of family counselling

  4. Understand the development of family counselling


  • Overview of competency framework for counselling children and young people and working with relationship

  • Historical context and development of theoretical approaches

Day 2

Understanding the requirement for and considerations of an assessment process


  1. To understand the assessment process

  2. To reflect on the factors involved in assessment

  3. To consider forms of intervention and formulation by using assessment

  4. To explore experientially creative methods of formulation from referral information, assessment information and observation


  • ​More history of family counselling/therapy

  • Self-reflection

  • The use of creative techniques within relational work

Day 3

Therapeutic parenting


  1. To understand family systems

  2. To consider different parenting styles

  3. To explore experientially different forms of parenting interventions and to reflect on impact own family experiences


  • Parenting theories around positive parenting, therapeutic parenting and emotional coaching

  • Adapting approach of parenting to reflect family lifecycle and child development

  • Self-reflection

Day 4

Approach to working creatively with families


  1. To be able to use creative techniques in family counselling

  2. To understand the value of noticing the dynamic between family members whilst engaging in creative family interventions

  3. To learn about the most useful media in creative family work


  • Roleplay

  • Family sculpt

  • Sand tray therapy

Day 5

Helping families who are experiencing heightened emotions


  1. The importance of including each family member equally in the process

  2. Re-visiting the contracting phase to understand the necessity of it for each family member

  3. Understanding of validation of all views within family work


  • Comparison of different types of contract and reflection of their effectiveness with family counselling

  • The impact of the re-frame in family work

  • Experiential exercise – roleplay of family in difficulty

  • Systemic view of the family – group exercise

Day 6

Helping blended families


  1. Understanding modern blended families

  2. Awareness of the differences between first relationships and blended families

  3. Appreciation of the stages of integration for blended families

  4. How the challenges can be approached for the benefit of all


  • Experiential exercise using a blended family roleplay

  • Self-reflection

  • Overview of the cultural/societal changes in relation to family units

  • Group exercise considering integration challenges

  • Consideration of theory around blended family life

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