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    Online Advanced Practice Course (Children & Families) for LAs/Other Staff

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About this course

The Online Advanced Practice Course (Children and Families) For Local Authority and Other Staff is a training for local authority staff to further their knowledge and understanding of relationship quality and how it impacts parenting, children and society. 

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Key information

Location: This is an online course delivered over Zoom.

Course dates: 

Cohort 1: September–December 2022, Wednesdays 9.30am–11.30am
Cohort 2: January–March 2023, Wednesdays 9.30am–11.30am

Fee: £2,000

Application deadline: Applications are now being taken. Application deadline date TBC.

  • Overview

    Tavistock Relationships is delighted to offer the Advanced Practice course for a second year, using weekly meetings over a term we think together about research and practice, what obstacles we can overcome by thinking about relationship quality and how to improve it; between parents who live together or apart, between parents and children, wider family relationships and how professionals work together.

    There are three areas of thinking:

    1. Focuses on ourselves and a better understanding of how individuals come to behave and think in certain ways.
    2. Relationships, between people, within families and across our professional working lives.
    3. Study of organisations and how they work, how they change and how we can understand them better, allowing us to work more usefully.

  • Content

    Webinars

    For each cohort there will be a series of 2-hour webinars relating to key ideas and research, relationships, obstacles to communication and change, self-understanding, conflict and collaboration.

    Reading and materials

    Week by week there are a range of reading options. We offer suggestions for Podcasts to listen to, newspaper articles to read and films to see. We know everyone learns and thinks in different ways, so we try hard to help every student find their own best method.

    Tavistock Relationships Tutor Groups

    Students are grouped into Tutor sets, an experienced Tavistock Relationships tutor is there to guide, support and encourage you throughout the term.

    Applied Research Project Option

    This course offers an applied research option for those students who are interested. Previous areas of research have included:

    • Why do we find it hard to work with both parents?
    • How can we best help parents whose children have autism/ASD or other conditions?
    • How can we support better communication between parents who are separated and use children as weapons of war?
    • Have we designed a service that is unfriendly to fathers by accident?
    • How can we work restoratively using a relationships focus?
    • Why is conflict so anxiety provoking?

    Students have gone on to present their work to teams and senior managers leading to policy and practice change.

  • Who the course is for

    This course is designed for practitioners in settings where family hubs funding is driving a relationship focussed approach.

  • Testimonials

    What our past students have said:

    "I'm about to become my Service’s Relationships Champion and fly the flag with the idea."

    "I felt privileged to hear from experts in this field and could listen to Honor all day, such a good speaker!"

    "I am a family support worker, so I use the knowledge you have taught me on a daily basis. It’s also been good to tell my colleagues what I’ve learned and help them to feel more confident to ask those difficult questions about relationships. Thanks for the memories!"

    "Each week I was becoming more confident in my learning, listening to everyone’s research and hopes on how to embed RPC into their individual LA’s and work areas was fantastic. It gave me ideas and I hadn’t thought of. I’ve loved the course."

  • Cohort 1: Course Components Schedule

    The course runs from 21 September 2022 to 14 December 2022.

    All course components listed below are online events and will take place on Wednesdays.

    • 21 September 9.30am - 11.30am
      Introductions, welcome,key ideas, evidence review
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 28 September 9.30am - 11.30am
      Understanding ourselves
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 5 October 9.30am - 11.30am
      Understanding couple relationships
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 12 October 9.30am - 11.30am
      Understanding organisations
      Workshop (2hrs)
    • 19 October 9.30am - 11.30am
      Understanding change and resistance
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 26 October READING WEEK
    • 2 November 9.30am – 11.00am
      Tutorial Group material
      Tutorial groups (90 mins)
    • 9 November 9.30am - 11.30am
      Understanding ourselves as workers and colleagues, work and home lives
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 16 November 9.30am - 11.30am
      Understanding couple and family relationships, what works to improve communication, trust and hope?
      Workshop (2 hrs)
    • 23 November 9.30am - 11.30am
      Understanding organisations, conflict and collaboration, policy practice and effectiveness
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 30 November 9.30am - 11.00am
      Tutorial Group material Tutorial groups (90 mins)
    • 7 December 9.30am - 11.30am
      Understanding ourselves and others, how we can act as
      internal consultants
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 14 December 9.30am - 11.30am Seasonal celebration, end of course, bringing the work together and review
      Workshop (2 hrs)
  • Cohort 2: Course Components Schedule

    The course runs from 11 January 2023 to 29 March 2023.

    All course components listed below are online events and will take place on Wednesdays.

    • 11 January 9.30am - 11.30am
      Introductions, welcome, key ideas, evidence review Organisations
      Workshop (2hrs)
    • 18 January 9.30am - 10.30am Understanding ourselves
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 25 January 9.30am - 11.30am Understanding couple relationships
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 1 February 9.30am - 11.30am Understanding organisations
      Workshop (2hrs)
    • 8 February 9.30am - 11.30am Understanding change and resistance
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 15 February READING WEEK
    • 22 February 9.30am - 11.00am Tutorial Group
      Tutorial groups (90 mins)
    • 1 March 9.30am - 11.30am Understanding ourselves as
      workers and colleagues, workand home lives
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 8 March 9.30am - 11.30am Understanding couple and family relationships, what works to improve communication, trust and hope?
      Workshop (2hrs)
    • 15 March 9.30am - 11.30am Understanding organisations, conflict and collaboration, policy practice and effectiveness, acting as internal consultants
      Webinar (2 hrs)
    • 22 March 9.30am - 11.00am Tutorial Group material
      Tutorial groups (90 mins)
    • 29 March 9.30am – 11.30am End of course celebration, bringing the work together
      and review
      Workshop (2hrs)

How to Apply For This Course

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Course Leader

Honor Rhodes

Honor Rhodes, OBE, is Tavistock Relationships' Director of Strategy and Partnerships. Honor trained as a social worker and has worked in both statutory and voluntary sectors. At Tavistock Relationships she is responsible for co-parenting groupwork programmes, partnership developments and policy development. Honor sits on a number of Boards including her local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Board and the Early Intervention Foundation. She was awarded an OBE in July 2010.

Student Testimonial

Thank you all letting me on this journey of change, and I agree every “relationship matters”. I will take lifelong learning from this programme.

Former Course Attendee

 

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