About CaFI talking therapy
CaFI therapy is a hybrid model consisting of behavioural family therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
It is delivered by two therapists: one who is a lead therapist and another who will assist them, known as the co-therapist.
All family units randomised to receive CaFI therapy will receive 10 one-hour sessions. Below is a breakdown of what is generally covered in the sessions.
Engagement and Assessment (Sessions 1 and 2)
- Understanding the family dynamics and different roles.
- Tailoring CaFI to meet individual needs.
- Building positive relationships.
Shared Learning (Sessions 3 and 4)
- Navigating mental services.
- Addressing power dynamics in the family and health care services.
- Challenging stigma.
- Improving knowledge about schizophrenia and related psychoses.
Communication (Sessions 5 and 6)
- Building on existing communication skills within the family.
- Empowering participants to express their needs.
- Engaging with mental health services.
- Supporting carers and family members in representing the view and needs of service user and themselves.
Stress Management and problem solving (Sessions 7 and 8)
- Identifying stressful situations.
- Creating goal-based coping strategies.
- Promoting positive cycles around thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
Staying Well and Maintaining gains (Sessions 9 and 10)
- Recovery-focused approach.
- Developing long-term plans for maintaining wellbeing.
- Spotting early warning signs.