Launch of Family Models eLearning Foundation Programme


Launch of Family Models eLearning Foundation ProgrammeThe Western Trust were delighted to host the regional launch of Think Family Northern Ireland, E-learning Foundation Programme at the Mellon Country Hotel, Omagh recently organised by the Western Trust’s Training Development and Governance Team.
Guest speakers included Dr Adrian Falkov, author of The Family Model from Sydney, Australia; Brendan Whittle, Deputy Director Social Care & Children’s Directorate, Health and Social Care Board; Dr Joan Broder, Change Co-ordinator Think Family NI CiNI and Dr Anne Grant, Queen’s University Belfast.
There were over one hundred attendees from across HSC Trusts, the voluntary and community sector and service user representatives at the event.
Welcoming attendees to the Think Family event Suzanne Mahon, Western Trust Assistant Director of Women and Children’s Services commented: “This event is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the journey we have travelled to date and to continue our journey of improvement and development. We all recognise the critical importance of placing children, service users and their families at the centre of all that we do.”
Siobhan McGeown, Western Trust Practice Learning  Coordinator, Social Services Learning Development and Governance said: “The Family Model provides an excellent framework to enhance practice in mental health and child care services, working with parents and children to improve understanding of the impact of mental illness and to support parents and children through recovery. This is an exciting opportunity for our social work and health related professionals to  come together  to strengthen and to develop  an  integrated and collaborative practice approach to supporting mentally  ill parents and their children.”