Working with individuals, families and couples facing childhood illness and death: a systemic and narrative based approach

This workshop focuses on the challenges childhood and parental illness poses to children, parents and couples, outlining ways of intervening at times of difficulty. Particular attention is paid to the interface between personal and professional experience and impact of gender, culture and migration on the providers as well as recipients of healthcare.

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


This workshop is intended for Clinical and Health psychologists – as it provides an overview of the challenges childhood and parental illness presents, it is suitable for relative newcomers – however as it addresses developments in theory and clinical work, it will of be interest to those with greater experience of health care.

Before attending the course, delegates will be sent 3 questions (for their own use) aimed at helping to clarify their own understanding of work with illness and an optional list references to read before the course.

Learning outcomes and objectives

Increased understanding of:

  • Systemic and narrative theories and their application to health care
  • The particular challenges childhood and parental illness present to individuals, families and couples
  • Systemic and narratives based techniques
  • The impact of gender, culture and migration on experiences of health care
  • The ways in which professionals’ own experience affects and is affected by work with illness and death

Facilitator: Dr Jenny Altschuler CPsychol

Jenny is a Clinical Psychologist and Family Psychotherapist with over thirty years of experience of providing psychotherapy, supervision and consultation as part of the NHS as well as privately. She was previously employed at the Tavistock Clinic, where she worked with families facing illness and established a course on working with facing illness, some of which was profiled in The Talking Cure (BBC TV 2001). She also has extensive experience of working with people facing other challenges including relational difficulties, divorce, depression, bereavement, child and school-based problems.
Currently in addition to working in private practice, she is the Clinical Director of the One to One Children’s Fund for whom she set up counselling centres in Kosovo, as well projects aimed at addressing HIV/AIDs in sub-Saharan Africa and political conflict in the Middle East.  

Jenny has written extensively on illness, trauma and migration as reflected in Working with Chronic Illness: a Family Approach (1997, Macmillan) and Counselling and Psychotherapy for Families in Times of Illness and Death (2012, Palgrave).

Booking information


  • Non-Society Member: £90 (£75 + VAT)
  • Society Member: £60 (£50 + VAT)
  • DCP Member: £30 (£25 + VAT)

From 1 January 2013:

  • Non-Society Member: £95 (£79.17 + VAT)
  • Society Member: £63 (£52.50 + VAT)
  • DCP Member: £33 (£25.50 + VAT)

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

Fri, 11/10/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 


BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Children & Young People & BPS Learning Centre