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Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

Family Interventions for Psychosis and Bipolar Experiences

We are very excited to bring you the Family Interventions for Psychosis and Bipolar Experiences course. The course now covers CMHTs as well as EI services, and is part of the training initiative to enable the delivery of the Early Intervention Access and Waiting Times Targets. 

This course complements our already highly successful and expanding portfolio of NHS Talking Therapies programmes. We also have a firm commitment to evidence-based clinical practice and as such we endeavour to ensure all of our training programmes are firmly embedded within current research. 


Teaching consists of 10 taught days and 10 supervision sessions all delivered online.

This will include core modules laying foundations for collaborative systemic practice, developing knowledge and skills for holding family and network meetings. It will also cover specialist knowledge focusing on psychoeducational, behavioural, cognitive behavioural, solution-focused and systemic work with families within serious mental health contexts within NICE guidelines.

You will learn through:

  • attending lectures and workshops remotely
  • group supervision
  • guided independent study.


Assessments include completion of a Family Interventions knowledge/skills self-assessment at the beginning and end of the course. Students also complete a reflective practice portfolio, a taped session and a written essay. The six-month supervision period will also include preparation and reflection on the helpful aspects of supervision.

This is a non-credit-bearing course but is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT).

Course length

1 year (part time)


£4,250 funded

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through local services. If you are interested in applying for this programme, please contact your local service lead. The number of places varies each year as the course is funded by Health Education England and is dependent on funding.


Hannah Petrie

Tel: +44 (0)1392 724644


Our previous students have said:

  • "It has been thought-provoking and already improved my daily practice through introduction of new concepts and skills"
  • "Good mix of direct teaching and exploration and learning in small groups"
  • "Great quality from lecturers, each bringing a different important perspective"