Single Session Family Consultation SSFC

SSFC - An Overview

In assisting the move towards family/whānau-centred mental health and addiction services, the Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC) National Project Team have partnered with The Bouverie Centre, Victoria’s Family Institute to implement the Single Session Family Consultation Model across the mental health and addiction sectors in New Zealand.

The Single Session Family Consultation model (SSFC) is a brief process for engaging and meeting with families/whānau that aims to clarify how the family/whānau will be involved in the individual’s care or support, and to help family/whānau members identify and address their own needs.

SSFC provides a clear, structured and yet flexible process, and can be facilitated by practitioners following training. Training in SSFC provides a real opportunity to increase knowledge and skills in partnering with families/whānau. Current evidence indicates that families/whānau and service users experience SSFC as helpful with indications that it can also improve outcomes (Hopkins et al,1 2016; Poon et al,2 2017).

SSFC Training

SSFC training is especially suited to practitioners working in adult mental health and addictions services, where the service user is typically seen on their own. This is because the SSFC process is designed to help practitioners make the shift from individual to family/whānau engagement in a manner that does not threaten the practitioner’s existing relationship with the service user. It is important to remember that facilitating a single session consultation, which may include children and other family members, is about engaging with the family and problem solving, rather than family therapy.

The Project Team

The SPHC National Project Team have worked with the Bouverie Centre to adapt SSFC for use within Aotearoa New Zealand.  Key to this has been working with a cultural advisory group to develop a cultural adaption of the model.  Consultation on the cultural adaption included people from a range of cultures and ethnicities: Māori, Pasifika and Asian. Whilst the adaptation is from a predominantly Te Ao Māori perspective, all of the people contributing to the consultation were in agreement that the principles of working from a family/ whānau-centred perspective, with significant consideration of the processes of engagement, specific cultural practices, and a community perspective are common to a range of cultures and ethnicities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Further work has also been done to include a specific module on the involvement of children in SSFC sessions.  Given that an estimated 25-30% of adults using mental health and/or addiction services are parents caring for dependent children, this module provides practitioners with a safe and practical way of discussing parenting and parenting issues, and ensuring the needs of children in the family/whānau are being addressed.

SSFC does not require practitioners in adult services to become family therapists or child therapists, rather it provides a practical flexible structure and approach for delivering family/whānau-centred practice.

SSFC training is now conducted regularly in Aotearoa New Zealand.  It is a blended training programme, which involves two e-learning modules and a one-day face-to-face training programme.  For a list of SSFC trainers click here

If you have any questions about SSFC please contact Karin Isherwood, K.Isherwood@auckland.ac.nz


 

List of Accredited Trainers

Ann Welcome

Salvation Army Oasis

teohann@hotmail.com

Beth Thomas

BOP DHB

Beth.Thomas@bopdhb.govt.nz

Choi Fong Kew

Asian Family Services

Ckew@asianfamilyservices.nz

Elly Richards

Waitemata DHB (CADS)

Elly.Richards@waitematadhb.govt.nz

Glenda Prendergast

PACT

Glenda.Prendergast@pactgroup.co.nz

Glynnis Carolissen

Waitemata DHB

GlynnisC@adhb.govt.nz

Graham Allen Canterbury DHB Graham.Allan@cdhb.health.nz
Jo Heap Whanganui DHB Joanna.Heap@wdhb.org.nz
Karen Ramsay Southern DHB Karen.Ramsay@southerndhb.govt.nz
Mandy Kavanagh-Vincent   mandykavanaghvincent@yahoo.co.uk
Mary Anne Cook Abacus Counselling, Training & Supervision ma@acts.co.nz

Michelle Brewerton

Te Pou

Michelle.Brewerton@tepou.co.nz 

Steve Neale

Healthshare Midland

Steve.Neale@healthshare.co.nz

 

*There are other trainers around the country who are not listed, please contact Karin Isherwood K.Isherwood@auckland.ac.nz to see if there is a trainer in your area and how you can access a training.


Resources:

Resources for SSFC Trainers are being developed, including videos, an Attendance Certificate and Evaluation Forms for Trainees, and other resources. 

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