Integration of The Family Model into educational programmes

Bente Weimand, Anne Hexeberg, Dag Willy Tallaksen, M Haukland, Anne Grant, Adrian Falkov

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Introduction: an international collaborative effort to improve Family Focused
This chapter describes an international collaboration to develop and deliver a Master’s
level module (10 ECTS) using The Family Model (TFM), for the Oslo and Akershus
University College for Applied Sciences Masters “Mental Health Care” Program. The
development, content, implementation, and brief evaluation of the module for the
“Families in mental health care” course will be presented, together with the ways in
which TFM was used as the conceptual framework (Falkov 2012, Falkov 2015).
The course targets new and existing employees working in municipalities, specialist
health services, (public and private sector) and Non-Governmental Organizations
(NGOs), as well as inpatient, outpatient and community mental health MH settings.
Eligibility includes those with a bachelor’s degree in health- and welfare studies, with a
nursing, social work, midwifery, allied health and pedagogy background. The course is
also relevant to physicians and psychiatrists.
In addition to the chapter authors, a Norwegian reference group was established with
representatives from:
· NGOs: Voksne for barn (Adults for Children): Gro Kristiansen and Merethe Toft, and
LPP (National Association of Families in Mental Health): Kenneth Lien Steen and
Anne Sund;
· National Competence Center: Nasjonalt senter for Erfaringskompetanse innen
psykisk helse (National Center for Experiential Expertise in Mental Health): Eva
· Clinicians from mental health services at Akershus University Hospital: Linn E.
Hanssen and Madeleine B. Corneliussen; and Health services in Municipality
Ullensaker: Karin Gedde.
The primary aim is to provide a comprehensive, experiential course to improve
awareness, knowledge and skills about why and how to involve and support families in
mental health services, and to ensure active skills transfer from theory to practice, based
on TFM and it’s 6 domains.
The first course was delivered in 2016 and details, including feedback from participants
will be provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParental Mental Health and Child Welfare Work
EditionVol 2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017

Publication series

NameThe Pavillion Annuals
NameThe Pavilion Annuals


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