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(12 day University of East London validated course or 10 day course validated by The Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education)



This practical skills-based training course underpinned by over 1000 evidence-based psychological, medical and neuroscientific research studies, is designed to inform and empower school and community staff to respond effectively to vulnerable children/young people who have experienced trauma and/or have a mental health issue.  The government Green Paper, ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ (December 2017), states: There is evidence that appropriately trained and supported staff such as teachers, teaching assistants can achieve results comparable to those achieved by trained therapists in delivering a number of interventions addressing mild to moderate mental health problems (anxiety, conduct disorder, substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.” This training provides the core skills to make this possible, informed by cutting edge research on what brings about trauma recovery.

The training also includes the knowledge and skills for cultural change resulting in mentally healthy schools and communities (for both adults and children).  The curriculum covers interventions designed specifically to address teacher stress, teacher absence and poor staff retention. So if you want to change vulnerable children’s lives, reduce exclusions, improve pupil attendance and staff retention, while positively impacting on the mental health of the school culture as a whole, then this certificated training is a must.

What school and community staff will gain by attending the course.

  • Learn to relate to children and young people in ways that alleviate their suffering, support their learning and make them feel cared for and appreciated
  • Know how to respond to children who are in distress/ stress states in ways that help them to emotionally regulate, feel psychologically safe and develop the capacity to handle stress well over time
  • Learn how to relate with children in ways that enhance their self-esteem, confidence and feelings of psychological safety.
  • Know how to listen and empathise when children want to talk about painful issues and help them reflect and resolve
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of what it’s like for a child or teenager to suffer from specific mental health problem (e.g. depression/ anxiety and feel confident in offering them accurate empathy, understanding and key psycho-education without inferring meaning
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the long-term impact of specific adverse childhood experiences and how to enable the child or teenager to work through feelings of anger and traumatic loss.
  • Employ strategies for early intervention (early indicators of mental health difficulties) know limits of competence and refer on to other agencies, when these are available.

Work with whole school implementation of mentally healthy policies and practices

  • Work to increase the protective factors and ‘safety cues’ in the school culture to prevent adverse childhood experiences from becoming long-term mental, physical and societal health problems.
  • Enable other staff to think psychologically about pupils in terms of what has happened to them rather than simply why are they behaving this way.
  • Educate staff to understand when challenging behaviour and explosive outbursts are likely to be trauma triggers and how to calm children
  • Support staff to relate to children in ways that enable them to move from blocked trust to trust
  • Using accessible language, educate staff with the brain science and psychological research on child mental health problems and their impact on quality of life and learning
  • Educate staff about what children need in their relationships with adults, so they don’t suffer misdiagnosis, distress or additional trauma in the school environment
  • Support staff in ways that prevent them suffering from high levels of stress, developing secondary trauma and leaving the profession as a result.


The Diploma course is run over 11 days across two terms. The admission criteria are flexible, you need to be working with young people on a regular basis or in a strategic role supporting staff who are working with young people. There is an expectation to complete approximately 50 hours of work-based learning in order to deliver a twenty-minute Power Point presentation on Day 11 demonstrating how you have implemented your learning for the course.  There is no written exam.  

Courses are either delivered online via Zoom, face to face, or blended with a mix of online and face to face. During online courses you will interact with all the delegates and trainers through Zoom and it will follow the same format as our Face to Face courses.  You must be available to attend the full duration of all days.

Dates for National courses can be found here- 

Alternatively, you can look at Regional course dates in your area-   

Regonal courses allow you to build a network of practitioners in your local area.

As TIS is a Not for Profit organisation we aim to run courses at cost. The 11-day Diploma cost will be £1449 Max per head (no VAT) as we are educational non-profit) depending on how many delegates are on the course.


"This training has changed the way I look at situations involving young people. It has widened my knowledge and understanding of people, their behaviour and what it means, giving me a better understanding of the human brain and the driving factors behind some behaviours."  

David Brailey-Evans

Neighbourhood Beat Manager


"I feel as if I have found a secret room in a house which I knew was there but which I couldn't find. I have found it in dreams but, on waking up, I knew it wasn't true. Now I am touching the door handle and I am awake! I cannot thank you enough. I feel different."

2020 Delegate


"I can honestly say that it was, by far, the best, most insightful, profoundly moving, expertly evidenced, endlessly interesting and fascinating, relevant and (as I’m sure will be testified to before long) most useful training I have received in my teaching career."

2020 Delegate


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