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Course Director: Eminent Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist: Dr Margot Sunderland (www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margot_Sunderland)


This practical skills based training course, underpinned by over 1000 evidence-based psychological, medical and neuroscientific research studies, is designed to inform and empower delegates to respond effectively to vulnerable and challenging children and those who have suffered a trauma or have a mental health issue.  Without such interventions, painful life experiences are likely to persist through challenging behaviour, blocks to learning and life long physical and mental health problems

The training provides delegates with vital tools and techniques in knowing how to be in relationship with troubled children and respond effectively to challenging or distressing behaviour in terms of what to say and how to be.  Research shows that just one such emotionally available adult before the age 18 is enough to prevent years of suffering (personal and societal) and the medicalising of distress with psychiatric labels and medication.

Delegates will also be trained to know when to seek the support of psychologist-led supervision, and when, due to limits of competence, to refer on. 

The course not only focuses on work with individual children but also on changing whole school cultures to be mentally healthy for all. So the course covers interventions designed specifically to address teacher stress, teacher absence and poor staff retention. 

So if you want to change troubled 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.

Benefits from Attending the Course

  • Gain a prestigious award in working as a mental health and wellbeing practitioner for schools and communities
  • 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 deeply valued for who they are
  • 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 problems (e.g. depression/ anxiety and feel confident in offering them accurate empathy, understanding and key psycho-education.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to increase the protective factors and ‘safety cues’ in the school culture as a whole, to benefit all, adults as well as children.
  • Enable other staff to think psychologically about pupils in terms of what has happened to them rather than simply addressing behaviour.
  • Support staff in ways that prevent them suffering from high levels of stress, developing secondary trauma and leaving the profession as a result.
  • Know limits of competence and when to refer on to other agencies


Courses Open for Application


11 Day Online Diploma



11 Day Online Diploma

*Application Required*

 1st & 2nd Nov 2021 25th & 26th April 2022 
1st & 2nd Dec 2021  23rd & 24th May 2022 
24th & 25th Jan 2022   20th & 21st June 2022
28th Feb & 1st March 2022   18th & 19th July 2022
 28th & 29th March 2022  19th & 20th Sept 2022
3rd May 2022  17th Oct 2022 
Nov 2021 Diploma   April 2022 Diploma

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Current Courses

London 10/12 Day Diploma London IATE

Blended Learning

University Validated Route

 16th & 17th Oct 2021 Face to Face
20th & 21st Nov 2021 Face to Face  
 11th &12th Dec 2021 Online 
15th & 16th Jan 2022 Face to Face  
 12th & 13th Feb 2022 Online 
 12th & 13th March  2022 Face to Face (uni route only)



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