Child with alcohol dependent parent

Behavioural Couples Therapy for Alcohol Dependence is a behaviourally-based couple therapy designed to treat alcohol dependence in couples where there is also relationship distress.

The therapy works to:

    • reducing damaging interactions between couples,
    • building emotional openness and closeness,
    • improving communication and behaviour,
    • changing unhelpful cognitions and perceptions, 
    • targeting behaviour/maintaining factors in alcohol dependence,
    • establishing and maintaining behavioural change and relapse prevention.

Does it work?

A meta-analytic review of studies of Behavioural Couples Therapy (Fals-Stewart, 2004) concluded that ‘this intervention produces significant reductions in substance abuse, improves relationship satisfaction, and also has very important secondary effects, including reductions in partner violence and improvements in children’s psychosocial adjustment’. 

A later study concluded that couples therapy is a good option relative to other therapies, and one whose benefits are more likely to extend to the whole family (Powers, 2008).

This approach is recommended by NICE guidance for harmful drinkers and people with mild alcohol dependence who have a regular partner who is willing to participate in treatment.

Risk assessment around domestic violence is a central element of this approach, in order to ensure that it is safe to work the couple.

Training and delivery

Tavistock Relationships has a team of practitioners trained in delivering Behavioural Couples Therapy for Alcohol Dependence.

We offer a 5-day training in this intervention (for mental health and social care practitioners without who have not yet undertaken any couple training) and a top-up training for practitioners (such as IAPT practitioners or Relate counsellors) who have either undertaken the 5-day training in Couple Therapy for Depression/Behavioural Couples Therapy or who are experienced in working with couples.

If you would like to find out more about commissioning Tavistock Relationships to deliver Behavioural Couples Therapy for Alcohol Dependence or train practitioners in it, please contact Kate Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7380 8286.

1. Our Commitment to Privacy

The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology t/a Tavistock Relationships, is committed to protecting your privacy and holding your data securely. For any personal data we collect, this Privacy Policy (“Policy”) explains why we collect the data, what we do with the data, and your rights and choices when it comes to your personal data.

When you use our mobile application, Between Us (“App”), access our website at www.tavistockrelationships.org, www.tavistockrelationships.ac.uk, www.citywellbeingcentre.org, www.internationalonlinetherapy.com and www.betweenus-app.com (“Website”), or interact and communicate with us via our online or social media channels, this Policy will apply to you. For this policy, we will refer to all these platforms as our services (“Services”).

When there are significant updates to the Policy we will notify you. This Policy was last updated on 12th February 2021.

2. Who is collecting your data?

Tavistock Relationships is a charitable company registered in England and Wales (“we”, “our”, “us”) and are the data controller. Tavistock Relationships decides what personal data is collected from you when you access our services and how this data will be used.

Our Services may contain links to other platforms. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have their own privacy policies, which you should read carefully before providing any of your personal data to them, as we do not control and therefore cannot accept any responsibility or liability for the actions of these platforms.

3. How we collect and use your personal data

Identity Information

When you use the App, we collect: your name - which you can elect to provide as an alias, and an email address.

Activity Information

When you use the App, we collect your responses to the exercise questions so that we may share these answers and your progress with you, and your partner where you have chosen to share your answers.

We never read or see any of the answers you provide to questions or partner notes that you input into any text fields, these are only ever seen by you or your partner where you chosen to share your responses.

Demographic Information

We do not collect any demographic information.

Activity Information

Only after we have anonymised your activity information (so it can never be used to identify you or anyone else), we may use it to analyse how our users are engaging with the App.

When you use the Services, we may collect: information about the time you spend and the pages you visit within the App in order to better understand user needs and preferences and to enable us to improve the user experience and your email address so that we may communicate with you about things you have agreed to when creating your account.

Support Information

When you use the Services, we collect: your email address when you contact us for support so that we are able to respond to you; we may also ask for your device information so that we can understand and fix technical issues that may occur with our platforms, and other personal data you provide about yourself anytime you contact us for support or general queries.

Registration Information

When you register for an account on the App, we collect information associated with setting up your account which includes a user name, email address and password. We use your registration information to set up your account.

Marketing & Communication Information

When you use the Services, we collect your email address so that we can deliver (where we have your consent) information, offers and promotions that may be of interest to you.

Technology Information

We may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. They help us to improve the Website and to deliver a better and more personalised service. Some of the cookies we use are essential for the site to operate.

If you register with us or if you continue to use the Website, you agree to our use of cookies. Cookies are widely used in order to make the website work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of the website. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our site. For further information please visit the websites www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.

4. Our lawful bases for the use of your personal data

Our references to “lawful bases” are explained below, and we set out the lawful bases for each category of information that we collect from you.

In addition to the lawful bases explained, when we need to process your sensitive personal data to provide our Services, such as information about your gender identity, race or sexual orientation, we will seek your consent. You will always be able to withdraw your consent at any time and we will promptly stop using any personal data that requires your consent.

Performance of a Contract with you

When we refer to performance of a contract with you as a legal basis, we refer to those circumstances where we need to use your personal data to comply with our contractual obligations to deliver the services you have engaged us to provide.

Legitimate Interest

Legitimate interest refers to those interests we have in running our business, developing our products and services, delivering and improving our products and services, and ensuring an excellent customer experience in a way which may reasonably be expected and doesn’t infringe on your rights and freedoms.

Identity Information

Legitimate interest

Activity Information

Legitimate interest

Demographic Information

Consent in relation to data about your gender identify, race or sexual orientation

Usage Information

Legitimate interest

Support Information

Legitimate interest

Registration Information

(a) Performance of a contract with you where you have paid for certain services and/or signed up for an account

(b) Legitimate interest

Marketing Information

Legitimate interest

Technology Information

Legitimate interest

5. Information sharing you control

When your data is shared with your partner

We do not share your personal data with your partner but provide you with the ability to initiate this sharing. When you choose to share your exercise responses with your partner on the App, you are able to choose to stop sharing this information at any time.

5. Sharing personal data with Service Providers and other Organisations

We never disclose your personal data to advertisers or other third parties for any compensation. However, we share the personal data we collect about you in order to provide our services in the ways described below.

Service Providers

We work with Service Providers that carry out certain functions on our behalf. These include, for example, companies that help us with network and technology services, payment processing, appointment booking platforms, storing data, analysing data, managing mailing campaigns, running our support desk, and managing subscriptions. We only share personal data that enable our Service Providers to provide their services.

6.Sharing personal data with other Organisations

We may share personal data with other organisations in the following circumstances:

-- if the law or a public authority says we must share the personal data;

-- if we need to share personal data in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (this includes providing personal data to our professional advisors); or

-- to an organisation we sell or transfer (or enter into negotiations to sell or transfer) any of our businesses or any of our rights or obligations under any agreement we may have with you. If the transfer or sale goes ahead, the organisation receiving your personal data can use your personal data in the same way as us.

7. Sharing with our data analysts/researchers

To analyse information about the effectiveness of our services, we generate anonymised information (so you or anyone else can never be identified) from your use of the Services. We analyse and sometimes publish the data on how our Services impact relationships.

8. How we Protect Your Information and Where we Store it

Tavistock Relationships has physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with regulations to protect personal information about you. We also ensure that all of our Service Providers have in place industry recognised safeguards. However, data transmissions over the internet cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of information you over the internet to us.

The personal data we collect may be stored and processed on computers situated outside the United Kingdom or the European Economic Area ("EEA"). If such a transfer or storage outside of the UK or EEA

was to happen, this would only be done subject to the implementation of adequate contractual safeguards (e.g., the EU’s Standard Contractual Clauses).

Tavistock Relationship limits access to personal information about you to employees who we reasonable believe need to come into contact with that information, to provide products or the Service to you, or in order to do their jobs.

9. How long we use personal data for?

Your personal data won’t be kept longer than necessary, giving due regard to: initial purpose of collection; age of data; any legal/regulatory reason for us to keep it; and whether needed to protect you or us. If requested, we will readily make information available about our data retention policy.

10. Your Data Protection Rights

Below, we set out the rights you have under the GDPR in relation to your personal data. Should you wish to exercise any of these rights, please write to us using the information provided under the “How to contact us” section of this Policy.

Subject Access Rights -- You have a right to see the personal data we hold about you and the circumstances of our processing activities.

Right to have inaccurate information corrected -- if you believe we hold inaccurate or missing information, please let us know and we will correct it.

Right to object to our use of your personal data -- We will consider your objection to our use of your personal data. If on balance, your rights outweigh our interests in using your personal data, then we will at your request either restrict our use of it or delete it.

Right to object to direct marketing – where we engage in direct marketing activities (after getting your consent), if you make such an objection or ask us to stop, we will stop using your personal data for direct marketing purposes.

Right to restrict our use of your personal data -- you can restrict our use of your personal data, if you have successfully made a general objection, you are challenging the accuracy of the personal data we hold, or we have used your personal data unlawfully -- but you do not want us to delete it.

Right to have your personal data deleted -- you can have us delete your personal data when: we no longer need to keep your personal data; you have successfully made a general objection; you have withdrawn your consent to us using your personal data (where we have relied on consent as the lawful basis for doing so); or we have unlawfully processed your personal data

Right to complain to the data protection regulator -- We’d like the chance to resolve any complaints you have, however you also have the right to complain to the data protection regulator in the UK or EEA country where you receive our product about our use of your personal data. In the UK, the data protection regulator is the ICO and their website is at https://ico.org.uk.

11. Children’s data

Tavistock Relationshipos does not knowingly collect Personal Data from children. Should we become aware that we are processing the personal data of any children, we will delete such personal data as soon as possible.

12. International Privacy Laws

This Policy complements and does not replace national data protection laws. Any applicable national data protection law will supersede this Policy where such law imposes stronger requirements and this policy shall apply where there are no national data protection laws.

13. How to contact us

If you have any questions about how we collect, store and use personal data or to exercise any of your rights set out above, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR STRONGER FAMILIES PRIVACY NOTICE FOR ENQUIRIES

Tavistock Relationships is committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of our clients. We comply with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulations

This privacy notice explains what information we collect about you and how we will keep it safe.

We review this  notice regularly and where necessary make updates to ensure it accurately reflects how we use your data. We will notify you if there are changes which affect how your data is processed.

If you have any questions about how we use your data you can contact us by one of the following methods:

Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

In writing to: Privacy, Tavistock Relationships, 56- 60 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JL

Telephone 0207 380 1975

 What information do we collect?

When you use our website

Cookies

Like many other websites, our website uses cookies. 'Cookies' are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual. For example, we use cookies to store your country preference. This helps us to improve our website and deliver a better more personalised service.

When you use our website we obtain information about you from cookies which tell us your IP address, when you visited our website and which pages you looked at. 

It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. If you would like to turn cookies off you can do so by clicking ‘no’ when prompted by our cookie notice.  Turning cookies off may result in a loss of functionality when using our website. As an example, if you turn off cookies, some information like anonymised ‘User ID’s’ for logging into systems will not be retained, so you will need to retype them each time.

Cookies are stored for a maximum of  6 months , though most expire much sooner.

 Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other third party websites.  This privacy policy applies only to Tavistock Relationships website and we would ask you to read the privacy policy and notices of any other websites you visit via links from our website. 

Website enquiries

If you use our website enquiry service to contact us regarding our BRSF service, we will ask you to provide us with your name, a method of contacting you and information about your enquiry into our clinical services.  We will only use this information to respond to your enquiry and to set up an appointment to talk to you about joining one of our parenting/relationship programmes,..

If you decide not to proceed with registering for our services we will keep your enquiry details for 2 months after the end of your enquiry.  After this time your details will be deleted.

If you decide to register for our BRSF programme, you will be asked to provide further details regarding your relationship with your co- parent and our practitioner will discuss with you how that information will be used to provide you with the service. 

Confidentiality

Tavistock Relationships is delivering the Building Relationships for Stronger Families in conjunction with the funders – The Department of Work and Pensions, along with delivery partners, Asian Family Counselling, Family Lives and Elfrida Rathbone. Your information will only be shared with any of these agencies if you decide to register for the programme and not at the point of enquiry.

We adhere to a professional code of ethical standards which includes the principle of confidentiality. This means that we would not disclose information about you to a third party without your agreement, except in situations where there was significant concern about harm to you or someone else and this would normally be discussed with you beforehand.

If you come as a couple we would normally expect that information can be shared between you. If you have any questions about confidentiality you can discuss them with your practitioner

We ensure that access to your personal data is restricted to members of staff who require access as part of delivering our therapeutic service.

Your rights

The GDPR gives you certain rights in relation to the data we hold about you.  You can exercise the rights outlined below by contacting us:

Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In writing to Privacy, Tavistock Relationships, 56-60 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JL Telephone 0207 380 1975

Under the GDPR you can:

  • Find out what information we hold about you
  • Access a copy of the information we hold about you  
  • Rectify any inaccurate or incomplete personal data
  • Have the right to object to our processing of your personal information
  • Ask us to delete or restrict how we use your personal information, but this right is determined by applicable law
  • Have your registration information (if registering using our online booking system) sent to another provider
  • Have the right to appropriate decision making (TR does not use automated profiling or decision making)
  • Complain to a regulator if you think we have not complied with data protection laws. You can lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office https://ico.org.uk/concerns/

Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated on 21 Jan 2020

Schools Relationship Training

Home is where the hurt is but school is where it shows: recognising & managing signs of inter-parental conflict within primary & secondary schools.

NEW Half-day and full-day workshops for primary and secondary school teachers, educational support staff and counsellors.

To enquire about this workshop, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Evidence reviewed by the Early Intervention Foundation shows that young people who are exposed to conflict between their parents that is frequent, intense and poorly resolved are likely to suffer increased levels of anxiety, depression and aggression; in addition, they may struggle to achieve at school.

Understanding and learning how to recognise and respond to young people’s distress, as well as how to engage with parents affected by relationship difficulties, is therefore crucial if we are to protect their children’s mental health and promote their well-being.

Schools and teachers have been identified by the Early Intervention Foundation as an important access point for detecting young people’s difficulties relating to inter-parental conflict within the home, particularly as it is often manifested in problematic behaviour and adverse social relationships within the school environment.

The Government has recently announced plan to roll-out mental health first aid training in secondary schools; this training will not however include a focus on impact of inter-parental conflict on children, even though a survey of over 42,000 children being seen in Children and Young People's IAPT services has shown that 'family relationships problems' are the biggest single presenting factor, being implicated in over 50% of referrals. This new workshop's focus on the impact of inter-parental conflict on children is therefore timely and will be an important complement to the Government's training. 

This half-day or full-day workshop is specifically designed to:

    • help staff better recognise the signs of inter-parental conflict, as well as learn how to respond to and engage children and their parents affected by it;   
    • enable school teachers, educational support staff and counsellors to gain a fuller understanding of the nature of inter-parental conflict and expand their skills in dealing with pastoral issues;
    • show how to limit the negative impact of inter-parental conflict on young people;
    • provide members of staff with opportunities to explore their own particular challenges relating to the impact of inter-parental conflict on children and young people within the school environment.

    The workshop will include material on:

    • the links between inter-parental conflict and children’s mental health and life chances, with particular focus on the impact of how conflict is managed and resolved;
    • understanding the dynamics between couples, including the conscious and unconscious reasons partners choose each other and how their idea about relationships, and their own experience of school, may get re-enacted;
    • looking at how family relationships influence child development;
    • inter-parental conflict and how it affects children;
    • looking at the family/school interaction system;
    • case studies;
    • techniques for working productively with parents.

     

  • Facilitators will include:

    • Honor Rhodes, OBE, Director of Strategic Development, Tavistock Relationships;
    • Dr Damian McCann, Consultant Family & Systemic Psychotherapist & Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist;
    • William Walker, Social Work Consultant to Parents as Partners, and
    • Steve Mulley, Deputy Programme Manager and Groupworker, Parents as Partners.

     

  • ‘This Tavistock Relationships workshop was an urgently useful, practical discussion of how to respond to the fall-out of parental relationship problems. As a teacher and pastoral leader, I now feel better equipped to deal sensitively and productively not only with the children but also with the issues that the parents might bring to meetings or conversations.’

    Verity Smith, Head of House and Teacher (Pastoral), Highgate School

    To enquire about this workshop, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Costs

    Half-day - £500 total fee, max of 10 attendees
    Full-day workshop - £900 total fee, max of 10 attendees
    Venue - the course is delivered on site

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