What is the Challenge?
- Black families tend to present themselves late into services. By the time they do their mental health is usually at a late or acute stage
- Services have labelled communities who they do not have a relationship with as ‘hard to reach’ or ‘seldom heard’. This can often form a barrier between them.
What have we done?
Emerging from the conversations and relationships that have formed across and within the Network, particular questions and insights started to emerge.
We looked to set up Networks where individuals will receive accredited training programme of Systemic Family Therapy co produced jointly with them and the Family Therapy service of South West London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust. Once qualified, they will be supported to provide early intervention and advice to families who they are in contact with and who may be distressed.
With a generation of connected and joined up trained therapist operating deep within our communities, situated within their own social networks, we start to open up the possibility of redesigned pathways into services.
Pastors Network for Family Care
Black families often present themselves for services and support when matters are in crises or become acute. Black Church leaders are often the first point of contact when a family needs support. How can we bring these two communities together in a way that can provide early intervention and prevention, as well utilise the existing skills and talent of our community leaders?
In October 2011, 12 Church Pastors began an accredited training programme of Systemic Family Therapy co produced jointly with them and the Family Therapy service of South West London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust. This is being supported by a broader Family Therapy and Church Pastors Network.
Once qualified, they will be supported to provide early intervention and advice to families who they are in contact with and who may be distressed.
The Pastor’s have now finished their training and are delivering Family Therapy within their Churches. We are working on the governance and frameworks for this work alongside our colleagues at SWLSTG Mental Health Trust, Wandsworth CCG, Battersea Healthercare CIC and our Community Partners.
To see a press release please click the link – Pastors and Family Therapy
Please click to see evaluation report: Church based family therapy in Wandsworth phase one evaluation report
Muslim Leader Network for Family Therapy
In 2014 we launched the Muslim Network for Family Therapy and had 10 leaders begin their 28 week Year One Accredited Course.
The Muslim Leaders have just finished their second year of training and are now looking at how the service will look for them.
Churches Network for Family Care
The Churches network developed towards the end of 2016 to look at what the Church can do to help those in their communities. This led on to the development of the Churches Network for Family Care who will begin their first year of training in October/November 2017.