Introduction to Family Interventions in Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder

Key information

Start date:
11 October 2024
Attendance dates:
Taught days: 11/10/24, 11/11/24, 22/11/24, 06/12/24 and 03/01/25
Time commitment:
In addition to the taught days, there will be ten online x 2-hour supervision groups, spread across Introduction to Family Interventions and Applying Family Interventions to practice
Contact details:
  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code


Family Interventions for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder: Foundation level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice accredited by the Association for Family Therapy (AFT) and supported by Health Education England (HEE) consists of two modules:

The first of the two being this module:  

  • Introduction to Family Interventions (NUR3209 & NURM123)

The second being:

  • Applying Family Interventions to practice for Psychosis & Bipolar Disorder (NUR3319 & NURM183)

Both modules must be completed to receive accreditation with the Association of Family Therapy (Foundation level) and practice as a Family Interventions Practitioner.

Professional recognition

On successful completion of this module and the previous Introduction to Family Interventions module, the student will have completed foundation level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice accredited by the Association for Family Therapy (AFT) and Family Interventions for Psychosis and Bipolar disorder training supported by Health Education England (HEE).


Course content

  • 5 taught days (online) teaching systemic & psychosocial approaches to psychosis and bipolar disorder
  • 10 x 2-hour supervision groups (online) – spread across the two modules
  • Assessment is in the form of a written assignment. 
  • Additional reading -assigned reading for each teaching day
  • Identification of at least two families to work with during the programme

Learning and teaching methods

Online teaching to include large and small group exercises, presentations, discussions and experiential exercises.

  • Supported role plays
  • Supervision groups
  • Co-working pairs


Summative written assignment

Course leaders

Kate Thornton

Lead Family Interventions Modules

Tanya Smart

Systemic Psychotherapist

Entry requirements

  • Diploma in Higher Education, Undergraduate degree or equivalent (for example nursing registration).
  • Working in secondary care or specialist adult mental health services with at least two years’ experience of working with psychosis and/or bipolar disorder.
  • Core mental health professional training or equivalent, for example nursing, OT, social work, clinical/counselling psychology, psychiatry, PGCE, peer support training.
  • Extensive clinical practice in mental health.
  • Able to actively contribute to the delivery of psychologically based interventions with people with psychosis and bipolar disorder.
  • Line manager support to work with at least two families during the period of training and to deliver family interventions ongoing after completing the course.
  • Line manager support to attend the teaching days and supervision sessions and to attend ongoing supervision and annual CPD to maintain practice.
  • Reference from manager and clinical supervisor.
  • Currently working in a role, appropriate for family interventions to be incorporated into the job description or job plan during and after training.
  • You will be required to have completed statutory training such as information governance, safeguarding of adults and children and have a current DBS check.

For successful completion of the programme all students will need to practice alongside another family worker for the practice component of the course. We recommend that the co-worker should be another student on the course from the same team or trust, so we ask applicants to apply in pairs.

Fees and funding


*Total fees for both modules

This is a Health Education England funded programme with a set number of places per intake

How to apply

Please request an application form and fuller course information from course leads:

Please apply for both modules (Introduction to Family Interventions NUR3209 & NURM123 and Application of Family Interventions to Practice (NUR3319 & NURM183)) at the same time as both modules need to be completed.

Applications must have the support of your Trust psychological lead.

Terms and conditions

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If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


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Contact details

Tanya Smart

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH