We are pleased to announce that following a successful online visit by the AFT accreditation panel, Salomons have heard that our Foundation Level Training in Systemic Theory and Practice Is now accredited by the Association of Family Therapy. This means that trainees who successfully finish the Salomon’s Foundation have completed the first year of the four year course to become a fully qualified systemic/ family therapist. In summarising our course, the panel said: ‘This was a well thought-out and planned course which covers the range of systemic models and concepts, and which clearly has the support and commitment of the Salomons teaching team as a whole. Course information was clear and comprehensive.’
Dr Maria Griffiths, from the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, has been a contributing author to the recent BPS publication “Family Interventions in Psychosis: Guidelines for psychologists and practitioners supporting families and social networks”.
The guidelines bring together current knowledge and experience, to inform psychologists and other practitioners who are aiming to support the routine provision of family interventions for adults experiencing psychosis. Each chapter tackles a different area of practice and includes case examples to illustrate key points, as well as recommendations for developing local services. The document underlines the essential role played by families and social networks, and the need for practitioners to work in partnership with these networks to achieve the best outcomes. The guidelines are free to download from the BPS website and details of the launch event – hosted by the BPS – are available here.
|Principal Lecturer Anne Cooke from the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology has collaborated with the British Psychological Society, the charity Star Wards and filmmakers Mind Wick, to make a short video which gives information and hope to young people experiencing psychosis. Young people who hear voices or hold distressing beliefs (for example about people wanting to harm them) sometimes worry that they are developing a scary illness that will get worse over time. The video explains why the picture is much more hopeful, outlines the issues clearly, and links to sources of help including a leaflet for young people and a longer e-book, ‘Understanding Psychosis’.|
Laura Lea, in addition to her role as Co-ordinator of Service User and Carer Involvement at Salomons Institute, took up a part time post as National Lead for Expert by Experience Involvement: Psychological Professions in 2020. Her role is to develop a network of Experts by Experience who can inform the work of the National Psychological Professions Workforce Group and the National Psychological Professions Network.
Laura says, “It’s working together with the service users and carers on the Salomons programme that has given me the experience to undertake this role. At its heart involvement is about ensuring that the psychological workforce hear the voices of those who use and are affected by their services. At its best it’s about creating something together which will benefit the public and improve people’s wellbeing”.
Salomons Institute has recently said a very sad farewell to two long-serving senior members of the staff team as they start their retirement.
Linda Hammond, Admissions Director, joined Salomons in 2003, initially as a Clinical Tutor before assuming responsibility for admissions onto the Salomons doctorate in 2006 and setting up its national and international fee-paying process in 2013. Linda contributed to the Group Relations and psychodynamic approaches on the programme; her work will be a strong foundation going forward.
Louise Goodbody, Clinical Director, joined Salomons last century (1999)! Louise has been instrumental in developing the Institute’s approach to ‘Widening Access’ to the profession of Clinical Psychology; now becoming a key programme of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She has been leading on Diversity teaching and workshops for trainees for years and has brought a strong Systemic Approach to the programme. Another strong foundation the programme will thrive on.
The two retirees were presented with lead crystal vases, as well as a bespoke book filled with photos and messages as a reminder of many happy times spent with trainees and staff at the Institute over the years. Donations were also made to their selected charities at their request: Greenpeace (Linda) and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Louise).
The staff team joined Linda and Louise in a farewell Zoom call, with much laughter as well as tears, and all agreed they would be very sadly missed, both personally and professionally. We wish them both a long and happy retirement.