Free training for frontline practitioners

Key Information

Dates, Times and Venues:

All trainings are TWO DAY programmes (participants are asked to attend both days) 


Birmingham: Thursday 27th & Friday 28th June, 9.30 to 4.30, The Dickens Room, The Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS

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South East London: (Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich), 11th & 12th July, 9.30 to 4.30, Draper Hall, Hampton St, London SE1 6SN
How to get to Draper Hall on foot from Elephant & Castle tube station

 Times: Trainings will begin at 9.30am and finish by 4.30pm.

Trainers: Lauren Booker (Adfam), Dr Damian McCann (Tavistock Relationships), Antonia Reay (Tavistock Relationships)

Fees: FREE, but registration is required

Audience: This training is designed for frontline practitioners (e.g. social work, children's centres, health visiting, housing, police, IAPT)

Reducing the impact of inter-parental conflict on children in families affected by alcohol dependence - free training for frontline practitioners, and new digital resources for practitioners and parents

The charity Adfam, which works to support families affected by alcohol or drugs, and the two relationship support charities Tavistock Relationships and One Plus One have been funded by the Department of Health to deliver free training to frontline practitioners working across England.

Funding has also been made available to develop new digital resources to support the work of practitioners attending these trainings and also for the parents who are affected.

About the training

The two-day training is being provided free of charge to a range of practitioners (e.g. social work, children's centres, health visiting, housing, police, IAPT) in and around these three areas working with parents of any age.

This training  is designed  for practitioners in a range of settings whose work brings them into contact with families affected by alcohol dependence, for example early years provision, health visiting, social work, housing and police.

The training will help practitioners to better understand the links between inter-parental conflict and the impact of parental alcohol dependence on children. It will also aim to equip practitioners with the skills have difficult conversations with parents about these issues.

Specifically, the training will enable practitioners to:

  • Explore how parental drinking may cause risk to children and how we can identify those affected
  • Screen for high risk levels of drinking and deliver an evidence based brief intervention
  • Practice skills for working with children and parents and referring on when appropriate
  • Develop a ‘strength-based’ approach to encourage parents to seek early intervention
  • Understand the nature and impact on the child of parental alcohol dependence and parental conflict
  • Help practitioners think about the meaning of alcohol dependence to parents
  • Help practitioners have effective conversations with parents and to hold the child ‘in mind’
  • Signpost practitioners and parents to new digital resources

About the new digital resources for practitioners and parents

  • A new space on OnePlusOne’s online platform will be devoted to providing resources for practitioners around inter-parental conflict and alcohol dependence. The platform will also offer practitioners opportunities for knowledge sharing online.
  • In addition, a separate space on the platform will be created exclusively for parents, containing self-help resources, tools, therapeutic programmes, video and quizzes. Practitioners and therapists will be able to signpost parents to these digital resources in order that parents can explore these digital resources in their own time, access on-line psychoeducational support and build up their social support network to better cope and problem solve. Digital resources will be tailored such that people with differing levels of need will be able to recognise material that is suitable for them.

Data and Privacy

Curently we are running training on behalf of the Department of Health, whcih relies on data exchanges between ourselves, charity Adfam and One Plus One on the basis of legitimate interest, so we can provide registered delegates with the full suite of trainings. Read or full privacy policy here.

If you have any questions during the booking process, please contact the Training Administration team on 020 7380 8288 or


Continuing Professional Development

Our aim at Tavistock Relationships is to create a programme of high-quality, informative and clinically useful CPD. In choosing topics, we aim to ensure we offer fresh subjects to stimulate new thinking and debate as well as continuing to offer repeat workshops for which there is on-going popular demand.

"An excellent, informative day, which assisted me in joining up a range of different perspectives / issues."

CPD attendee 2015