Multi-modal consultation with families: Concepts and techniques

Al-Khatib, Batul, Norris, Sarah, Prior, Philip, Rigney, Anthony and Biddlecombe, Ruth (2014) Multi-modal consultation with families: Concepts and techniques. In: Division of Educational and Child Psychology Annual Development Event, 8-10 January 2014, Oxford Hotel, Oxford.

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The Family Consultancy Team is a group of professionals from a range of applied psychology backgrounds including educational, counselling and clinical psychology, plus systemic family psychotherapy. Our work aims to support, empower and work alongside children, young people, parents and families who present with emotional and or behavioural difficulties relating to school and/or home. We offer a consultation approach that is informed by the strategic integration of various models and theories, for example: cognitive behavioural, behavioural, solution focused narrative, structural family therapy and ecological systems. Our innovative consultancy model has proven successful with supporting families to bring about change from a single consultation and the work that happens around it. We assume that clients have the capacity to solve their own problems and encourage them to focus on what they can take from a consultation session and what will be most helpful. The psychological climax of each consultation is intended to be a carefully and well considered interview that is focussed on problem and solution mapping, exploring the families attempted solutions, looking at blocks to these solutions, identifying resources available to the family and supporting them with developing a new approach. In this workshop we will introduce our approach and use video to bring the methodology of single session work to life and encourage reflection on the psychological models that are being drawn upon. Participants will also be invited to share their thoughts on our practice and consider the implications of working in this way.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Families > Families - Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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