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Family Therapy Training

NES are supporting Family Therapy training for CAMHS clinicians across Scotland. The following training opportunities are available:

Foundation Level Training:*

The Foundation Course is part-time and lasts for one academic year. It builds on professional background and personal strengths by engaging with ideas and skills that enhance your practice when working with families. Training places a focus on workplace-based cases and tasks combined with new learning consolidated by role play, and other experiential learning.
Following a cohort of clinicians competing to foundation level early in 2016, NES have liaised with Health Boards to identify a second cohort of CAMHS clinicians. This foundation year training commenced in September 2016.

Intermediate Level Training:*

The Intermediate training places an emphasis on reflective practice as trainees develop a cohesive theoretical framework to engage, assess and plan interventions with children, young people and their families. Opportunities to develop therapeutic use of self, and critique and use evidence based practice will be provided during this year of the training.
A cohort of CAMHS clinicians have now commenced this year’s training to intermediate level.

*A repeat of both foundation and intermediate levels of training will be available in 2017. Further details will be circulated by the CLC network and clinicians will be identified by Health Boards.

Masters Level Training:


  • This qualifying level of the training requires the trainee to complete taught modules and two clinical placements. On successful completion of this level of training, trainees can be registered with AFT and use the title, Family Therapist.


  • A cohort of clinicians have now commenced their Masters level training, which commenced in October 2016.


  • There is currently no further NES funded recruitment to this programme.

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