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We specialise in working with children, young people and families, but also provide counselling for adults

We currently operate the following training courses. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss bespoke training — we try to be informative, accommodating and flexible wherever we can.

Our Training Courses

Without good training, we cannot derive the benefit of the experience of others. Training provides an efficient and methodical shortcut to the alternative of each individual learning by trial and error. Our immense experience in working with young people and adults with complex mental health or behavioural issues provides a solid backbone to all our courses.

Neuroscience and Attachment

Course Title                          Neuroscience and Attachment

Course Length                       Full Day

Course Outline

With the increasing use of brain scans and investment in brain research there have been great advances in the knowledge of brain development.  In the past children have been seen as very resilient and capable of withstanding all manner of stress, but we now know this is inaccurate.  Children’s brains are highly vulnerable and very much influenced by their interactions and the chemicals released as a result.

 The aim of this training is to provide an overview of how the brain works and an awareness of the effects that stress and anxiety can have on a child.  It will provide strategies to assist in regulating the emotional response.

Outcomes:

¥  Understand the development of the brain

¥  Identify which parts of the brain are triggered in different situations

¥  Recognise the role of different chemicals in the brain

¥  Appreciate the link between attachment and the development of the brain

¥  Identify the barriers to developing a secure attachment

¥  Identify different strategies to assist in the reduction of harmful chemicals in to the brain

Who is the course aimed at?

Parents, Foster Carers, Adoptive Parents and anyone who works with children and young people, in whatever capacity, will benefit from this training.

Primal Wound and Attachment

Course Title                            Primal Wound and Attachment

Course Length                        Full Day

Course Outline

 A lot has already been written about attachment, the process and the need for a secure attachment.  Developing a secure attachment to a primary caregiver is extremely important for a child's ability to trust and the development of intimate relationships in adulthood.  It is also associated with emotional regulation and the development of the individual’s identity.  What is often overlooked is the power of the attachment that forms between mother and child before birth, in-utero.  It is this bonding that if severed, either at birth or later, can cause what is often referred to as the ‘Primal Wound’, a lesion so deep that it may never heal and the cause of so much pain and trauma.

The aim of this training is to raise awareness of the existence of this wound and understand the effects of this trauma on the child.  To help those living and working with adoptees, children in care or any child no longer living with their birth mother, assist in the process of healing.

 Outcomes:

¥  Understand attachment both before and after birth

¥  Appreciate the effects of abandonment and loss on the individual

¥  Apply a range of strategies to assist in the healing process 

Who is the course aimed at?

Parents, Foster Carers, Adoptive Parents, Step-Parents, Family Members and anyone who works with children and young people, in whatever capacity, will benefit from this training.

Accreditation

            •            Attendance certificate

Further options

            •            Consultancy

            •            Further courses

Resources to take away

            •            Practical resources 

            •            Handout

Attunement To Form Attachment

Course Title                       Attunement To Form Attachment

 

Course Length                        Full Day

Course Outline

Research shows that early attachments have a serious impact on the development of our children.  When secure attachments are not formed early in their lives it can have a negative impact on later behaviour and even throughout their lives.  However to develop a secure attachment we need to demonstrate attunement, being aware of and responsive to another individual.  Having the ability to communicate in a non-verbal way is vital as it helps us to build and maintain relationships.

The aim of this training is to provide an understanding of attunement in relation to developing a secure attachment.  It will provide strategies to assist in developing the skills of attunement.

 Outcomes:

¥  Understand the forms of attachment 

¥  Identify the importance of having a secure attachment 

¥  Appreciate the link between attunement and attachment

¥  Identify the barriers to developing a secure attachment 

¥ Identify different strategies to assist in developing the skills of attunement

Who is the course aimed at?

Parents, Foster Carers, Adoptive Parents, Step-Parents, Family Members and anyone who works with children and young people, in whatever capacity, will benefit from this training.

Accreditation

            •            Attendance certificate

Further options

            •            Consultancy

            •            Further courses

Resources to take away

            •            Practical resources 

            •            Handout

Understanding anger helps you work effectively

Understanding and Working with Anger

Course Title                 Understanding and Working with Anger

Course Length            Full Day

Course Outline

It would appear that children and young people are getting angrier and find it difficult to regulate their emotions.  Ultimately this is not only disruptive for them but for those around them and affects learning. 

The aim of this training is to raise awareness of the physiology and psychology of anger and to develop strategies to assist in regulating the emotional response.

Outcomes:

¥  Understand how the brain works in relation to anger

¥  Recognise the physiological signs of anger

¥  Understand the psychological reasons behind anger

¥  Select different coping strategies to use with anger

¥  Compare ways of working with an angry young person

The training will involve a range of techniques particularly interesting case studies and active exercises.

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone who works with children and young people, in whatever capacity, will benefit from this training or anyone who lives with children.

Accreditation

            •            Attendance certificate

Further options

            •            Consultancy

            •            Further courses

Resources to take away

            •            Practical resources 

            •            Handout

Our training focuses on understanding, defining and then acting positively to challenging behaviours.

Understanding and Working with Self-Harm in Children and Young People

Course Title                Understanding and Working with Children and Young People Who Self-Harm

Course Length            Full Day 

Course Outline 

Knowing that a child or young person is self-harming can be difficult to deal with and often people feel hopeless and helpless.  The aim of this training is to raise awareness as to why children and young people self-harm, what constitutes self-harm and how to develop skills necessary when working with these young people despite this practice.

The training will involve a range of techniques including group discussions, case studies and active exercises and includes handouts.

Outcomes: 

  • Define what self-harm is and recognise a range of methods
  • Recognise the difference between self-harm and suicide
  • Understand some of the reasons why children and young people self-harm
  • Recognise hostile ways of working with those who self-harm
  • Recognise effective strategies for improving relationships
  • Identify some useful strategies for helping children and young people to reduce self-harm

Who is the course aimed at?

Parents, Foster Carers, Adoptive Parents and anyone who works with children and young people, in whatever capacity, will benefit from this training.

Accreditation

            •            Attendance certificate

Further options

            •            Consultancy

            •            Further courses

Resources to take away

            •            Practical resources 

            •            Handout

Re-Wiring The Brain to Change Behaviour

Course Title                                    Re-Wiring The Brain to Change Behaviour

Course Length                                Full Day

Course Outline

Our brains are wired to have a negative bias, to be vigilant to harmful experiences, to identify potential threats and dangers that could challenge our survival.  Such self-protection goes back to our days as hunter- gatherers but as our lives have moved on and changed our perception of danger has not.  What began as a strong, reliable survival strategy can now play a huge part in the development of anxiety, stress and depression.

Thankfully we are no longer doomed to be controlled by our ‘survival brain’, we have the ability to ‘re-wire’ our brains and think positively, change thought patterns, reactions and behaviours.  Recent brain research has identified that our brains, once thought of as functioning in a predetermined way with little ability to change, are in fact malleable and, under certain conditions, can affect change.  

The aim of this training is to provide a scientific overview of how the brain works and to discuss how to personally ‘re-wire’ your own brain, and assist others to, in order to make positive changes in behaviour.  To feel more positive, remain calm during stressful times, improve relationships and even change the habits of a lifetime.

 Outcomes:

  • Understand the development of the brain
  • Identify which parts of the brain are triggered in different situations
  • Recognise how patterns of behaviour are created
  • Appreciate the link between triggers and behaviour
  • Identify different strategies to assist in re-wiring the brain

 Accreditation

            •          Attendance certificate

Further options

            •          Consultancy

            •          Further courses

Resources to take away

            •          Practical resources 

            •          Handout

Raising self-compassion leads to raising self-esteem. Our training gives you the means to help children do this

The Importance of Raising Self-Compassion in order to raise Self-Esteem; in Children and Young People

Course Title            The Importance of Raising Self-Compassion in order to raise Self-Esteem; in Children and Young People

Course Length            Full Day

Course Outline

Self-esteem is seen as crucial to learning and the foundation of self-confidence and motivation however establishing it can be easier said that done. 

The aim of this training is to raise awareness of self-compassion, its importance and the effects of low self-compassion on children and young people.  It also aims to help participants appreciate the need to focus on self-compassion rather than self-esteem.

"To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle" (Dali Lama)

Outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between self-esteem and self-compassion
  • Appreciate the underlying issues leading to low self-compassion
  • Recognise the need to focus on self-compassion to increase self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Define the link between low self-compassion, depression and mental health issues
  • Comprehend the barriers to developing self-compassion
  • Compare different strategies to assist in developing self-compassion
  • Appreciate existing skills in working with children and young people

Who is the course aimed at?

Parents, Foster Carers, Adoptive Parents and anyone who works with children and young people, in whatever capacity, will benefit from this training.

Accreditation

            •            Attendance certificate

Further options

            •            Consultancy

            •            Further courses

Resources to take away

            •            Practical resources 

            •            Handout

Surviving the Teenage Years

Course Title                            Surviving the Teenage Years

Course Length                        Full Day 

Course Outline 

Providing a secure, loving and supportive environment to children who haven’t necessarily had the best start in life can be difficult at any time.  However when you then add in to the mix the transition in to adulthood and independence conflicts can become the order of the day.

The aim of this training is to raise awareness of the difficulties that young people face making the transition in to adulthood.  To understand the physical, emotional and social effects of this period of their lives.  The training will also provide helpful suggestions to improve the communication between adults and teenagers.

Outcomes:

¥  Understand adolescents from a physical, emotional and social perspective

¥  Appreciate the effects of these forces on the individual

¥  Apply a range of strategies to improve communication between adults and the adolescent 

Who is the course aimed at?

Parents, Foster Carers, Adoptive Parents, Step-Parents, Family Members and anyone who works with children and young people, in whatever capacity, will benefit from this training.

Accreditation

            •            Attendance certificate

Further options

            •            Consultancy

            •            Further courses

Resources to take away

            •            Practical resources 

            •            Handout