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Code: BH/19/1253 Confident practice with cultural diversity - Research in Practice tailored support event

As part of our Research in Practice membership, we are entitled to a tailored support day. This year we have chosen to focus on Cultural Diversiy to enable us to reflect on our work with people from different cultural and social/class backgrounds and provide an opportunity to consider how to challenge inappropriate practice. 
Although RiP is predominantly for social work staff, this course is avaialable to staff across Families, Children and Learning.

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1 05 September 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Jubilee Library - Conference Room 2 Map

Code: BH/19/1188 Reducing Parental Conflict Training Programme (EVENT FULL)

PLEASE NOTE:  Further dates for this training are available to book via the Learning Gateway on: 

Wednesday 9 October 2019
Tuesday 19 November 2019
Wednesday 20 November 2019

This one day training course is part of the Reducing Parental Conflict Programme, run by Knowledgepool (DWP), and is composed of modules 2 and 3 of this programme.  It’s recommended you complete Module 1 as e-learning before attending this course.  You will be emailed log-in details to access this.  

This course explores how to recognise the signs of parental conflict at the early stages, and how to discuss parental conflict with parents. It highlights how to support parents in finding constructive outcomes which are shown to provide positive lessons for children to learn, such as negotiation skills and compromise. It focuses on practising the skills of handling conversations with parents in conflict using tools and techniques to enable parents to resolve destructive conflict with positive outcomes.

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1 17 September 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Lighthouse (venue) Map

Code: BH/19/1193 Reducing Parental Conflict Training Programme (EVENT FULL)

PLEASE NOTE: Further dates for this training are available to book via the Learning Gateway on:

Wednesday 9 October 2019
Tuesday 19 November 2019
Wednesday 20 November 2019

This one day training course is part of the Reducing Parental Conflict Programme, run by Knowledgepool (DWP), and is composed of modules 2 and 3 of this programme.  It’s recommended you complete Module 1 as e-learning before attending this course.  You will be emailed log-in details to access this.  

This course explores how to recognise the signs of parental conflict at the early stages, and how to discuss parental conflict with parents. It highlights how to support parents in finding constructive outcomes which are shown to provide positive lessons for children to learn, such as negotiation skills and compromise. It focuses on practising the skills of handling conversations with parents in conflict using tools and techniques to enable parents to resolve destructive conflict with positive outcomes.

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1 18 September 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Lighthouse (venue) Map

Code: BH/18/1797 ru-ok? Substance Use and Young People, Recognition, Response and Referral

This course will provide delegates with a greater awareness and understanding of substances and their effects on young people.

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1 18 September 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Brighton Town Hall - Volks Room Map

Code: BH/19/0653 Working with Difficult to Engage Fathers: Gaining Insight and Practical Strategies

This one and a half day course will give attendees the opportunity to develop practical skills and strategies to build positive working relationships with fathers.  They will hear about the wide ranging implications of meaningful engagement through the latest research and theories, and Q&A sessions with professionals with specialist knowledge/experience. 

Practitioners will consider how a two-way engagement barrier between professionals and fathers can form and will learn how to overcome the challenges this presents.  They will also explore why fathers can be hard to engage and the underlying reasons for their use of anger, aggression and non-engagement.  

The additional half-day will ensure attendees have time to embed the learning into their practice by trying out techniques and strategies, then returning as a group to reflect on their success, as well as discuss challenges.

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1 25 September 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Hove Town Hall - Training Room G70 Map
2 13 November 2019 09:30 - 12:30 Hove Town Hall - Training Room G90 Map

Code: BH/19/0935 Parents as Partners - Facilitator Training

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in applying to recieve this training please request a place, then complete the attached application form and send it to Stephen.Woodward@brighton-hove.gov.uk 

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.


Parents as Partners (PasP)  is a group intervention for couples and co-parents of young children which originated in the US, developed by Professors Phil and Carolyn Cowan and has a sound evidence-base, developed over 40 years in the US and UK, showing significant decrease in couple conflict and child difficulties, and improvements in adult mental wellbeing, parenting confidence and relationship satisfaction. The programme is delivered over 16 weekly two-hour sessions and is manualised, but requires considerable skill and flexibility of its facilitators. As an intervention, it lies somewhere between psycho-educational parenting programmes and group therapy. Distinguishing it from most other programmes for parents, it is a requirement of the work that both parents attend together, and Group Leaders work in male/female pairs.

This 4-day training course forms the first part of the process of becoming an accredited Parents as Partners Group Leader. In the second part, the student co-leads a 16-week programme under Tavistock Relationships supervision (including some video feedback), which – if completed successfully – will lead to full accreditation.

The training requires active involvement from participants and includes several opportunities to practice group facilitation, with support and feedback from the Tavistock relationships team.

You will be provided with:
Fortnightly clinical supervision provided by experienced facilitators from Tavistock Relationships
An accreditation (upon completion of your first co-facilitated group)
Optional training to deliver the course content during individual work with couples

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1 30 September 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Lighthouse (venue) Map
2 01 October 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Lighthouse (venue) Map
3 02 October 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Lighthouse (venue) Map
4 03 October 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Lighthouse (venue) Map

Code: BH/19/0412 AMBIT: Practical tools for working with complex young people, families and networks

A two-day introductory course delivered by CAMHS and social care staff , instructed and guided by the Anna Freud Centre, to deliver training on Adaptive Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT).   Training will be delivered to small groups of practitioners from a range of those services working with complex young people and their families, across the city.    We aim to have 5 participants from 4 distinct services and welcome applications from staff working within social work, CAMHS and emotional well-being, schools and social care teams.

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1 02 October 2019 09:15 - 16:30 Hove Town Hall - Meeting Room G79 Map
2 03 October 2019 09:15 - 16:30 Hove Town Hall - Meeting Room G79 Map

Code: BH/19/1315 The Brighton Functional Family Therapy Team Conference

For Therapists, Managers, Practitioners and Policy Makers

In June 2008 Brighton & Hove LA established the first UK based Functional Family Therapy Team.

In the following 11 years the Brighton team has supported the implementation and training of a further 15 FFT teams and 3 FFTCW teams. These teams have all been set up as a way of helping to reduce the numbers of children and young people becoming looked after, reducing offending/custody rates and improving outcomes for families as a whole.

FFT is an evidence based (Blue Prints certified) assertive outreach, systemic/behavioural model.

There are currently 300+ FFT(LLC) & FFTCW(LLC) sites in 10 countries worldwide serving in urban, rural and indigenous communities.

The focus of Functional Family Therapy is on helping young people and their families, by repairing family bonds, improving relationships and providing skills and strategies that support more successful family interactions and reduces risk.

The team invite you to come and share in a day of celebration, hear from other local authorities and providers about how FFT has enabled them to work with families and how using the models has impacted on the amount of young people needing to be looked after, CSE/CCE and reoffending & custody rates.

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1 03 October 2019 09:30 - 17:00 Old Ship Hotel Map

Code: BH/19/0937 Family Foundations- Facilitator Training

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in applying to recieve this training please request a place, then complete the attached Application form and send it to Stephen.Woodward@brighton-hove.gov.uk

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.


This three day course will train professionals to facilitate Family Foundations, an evidence based 7 session ante and postnatal team parenting course for expectant couples. The learning is a mix of presentations large and small group discussion, the chance to practice facilitation of the course, video content and review of all the learning materials for parents.

Family Foundations is a seven-session pre and post-natal programme for couples expecting their first baby together.   Four sessions delivered before the birth and three post birth in small friendly groups of 6 - 10 people.  Family Foundations facilitators describe the programme as rewarding to deliver.

Family Foundations helps expectant parents work as a team, through pregnancy and into the first months of their baby’s life. It covers: managing the transition to parenthood, reducing parental conflict, preparing the couple for parenthood and child-centred parenting, as opposed to preparation for the birth.

Programme curriculum synopsis:
·         Breathing/relaxation
·         Techniques to strengthen the couple relationship and building a strong family unit.
·         Understanding emotions - yours, your partners and the baby’s
·         Managing stress and handling difficult situations
·         Supporting the other parent
·         Working as a team and division of labour. 

The programme is intentionally father-inclusive, with training delivered by the Fatherhood Institute.  Male-female co-delivery is an important element of the programme.  We are particularly looking to identify male co-facilitators for this course.

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1 07 October 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Lighthouse (venue) Map
2 08 October 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Lighthouse (venue) Map
3 18 November 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Lighthouse (venue) Map

Code: BH/19/0780 Mindfulness for Children and Young People (EVENT FULL)

This one day experiential course introduces the concept and practice of Mindfulness for child and adolescent wellbeing. This day will provide a number of experiential and practical activities which may be applied in working with children and families and to workers emotional wellbeing.

Current theory, research and evidence specifically related to children and young people's mental and physical health will be covered and further training and development opportunities signposted to.

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1 07 October 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Brighton Town Hall - Volks Room Map