10 day course validated by The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (academic partner of University of East London)
June course has 12 day University validated option ( Level 5) 2O credits


Course Leader: 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. Delegates will also learn to use ‘Motional’ – our online tool for assessing, improving, and measuring change in emotional health and wellbeing.

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

Current Courses

10 Day Diploma 10 Diploma/12 Day University Validated Award
21st & 22nd May 2020 2nd & 3rd June 2020
10th & 11th June 2020 6th &7th July 2020
1st & 2nd July 2020 14th & 15th September 2020
7th & 8th September 2020 15th &16th October 2020
7th & 8th October 2020 16th & 17th November 2020
  11th & 12th January 2020

Courses Open for Application

10 Day Online Diploma  (Wales based delegates)  
 21st & 22nd September 2020  
19th & 20th October 2020  
23rd & 24th November 2020  
11th & 12th January 2021  
8th & 9th February 2021  
To apply contact coral@traumainformedschools.co.uk   


Please email: info@traumainformedschools.co.uk


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