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5.1 PSYCHOLOGY, 5.9 OTHER SOCIAL SCIENCES
Systemic Family Psychotherapy (SFP) has been involved in the Carlow Kilkenny South Tipperary Adult Mental Services since 1994: in the main this involved meeting with service users, their families, couples and friends. However, from 2012 to 2019 five SFPs retired. This occurred when decisions were made by some Mental Health Management not to replace those SFPs that retired: thereby reducing the number of SFPs in the Southeast Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS); presumably due to funding difficulties at that time. However, as the months and years went by it became oblivious that two AMHSs were not going to employ SPTs. It was obvious that the AMHS in Waterford had never employed any SFT, and Wexford AMHS has only employed a half-time SFT for four Community Mental Teams. Consequently, this had an impact on the availability of SFPs in AMHSs in the south east AMHSs. However, on the other hand, the Carlow Kilkenny AMHS continues to be supported from Management and colleagues; SFTs since 1997. This is obvious as all Community Mental Health Teams refer service users attends the AMHSs in Carlow and Kilkenny, as well as their families/partners/friends for SFP. This article will try to ascertain how this came about, and what can be done to influences AMHS managers’ and concerning supporting SFPs.
Key words: Family Therapy; Families; Mental Health Services; Family Meetings; Context in family therapy.
Boland, S.E., Byrne, A. & Kavanagh, C. (2020). Reflections in Systemic Family Psychotherapy and Adult Mental Health Services in the South East of Ireland; and beyond. Irish Journal of Psychologicical Medicine 2019/i>. doi:10.21427/zr2x-cm64