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    Online Family Hubs/Reducing Parental Conflict Practitioners Course

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About this course

Our Online Family Hubs/Reducing Parental Conflict Practitioners Course is a two-hour-a-week, one-term course for local authority Reducing Parental Conflict champions 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: 

19 April 2023 - 21 June 2023

Fee: £1,000 per person, or two people for £1,750

Application deadline: To Be Announced 

  • Overview

    Tavistock Relationships is delighted to offer this new 10-week course led by Honor Rhodes, OBE to local authority practitioners interested in learning the best ways to support and improve parental relationships. Using two-hour weekly meetings over a term, we’ll think together about research and practice, and what obstacles we can overcome by thinking about relationship quality and how to improve it. We will look at relationship quality between parents who are living 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


    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."

How to Apply For This Course

Applications are open now.

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Making the change, being the difference: supporting local authority practitioners to address parental conflict effectively

Honor Rhodes OBE, believes passionately that effective interventions can transform families in crisis and conflict. Read her blog article about this course.

Information Pack

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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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