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Course Director: Eminent Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist: Dr 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


11/13 Day Diploma

Blended Learning

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National Autumn 2022

11 Day Online Diploma

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National Spring 2023

11 Day Online Diploma

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National Summer 2023

11 Day Online Diploma

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24th & 25th Sept 2022 Face to Face  31st Oct & 1st Nov 2022 23rd &24th Jan 2023  25th & 26th April 2023
22nd & 23rd Oct 2022 Face to Face 29th & 30th Nov 2022 23rd &24th Feb 2023 22nd & 23rd May 2023 
26th & 27th Nov 2022 Online 9th & 10th Jan 2023 23rd &24th March 2023  26th & 27th June 2023
7th & 8th Jan 2023 Face to Face 6th & 7th Feb 2023 2nd& 3rdof May 2023  11th & 12th September 2023
4th & 5th Feb 2023 Online 6th & 7th March 2023 8th& 9thJune 2023  9th & 10th October 2023
18th Feb 2023 Online 3rd April 2023 7thJuly 2023  1st November 2023
18th & 19th March 2023 Face to Face  National Diploma Oct 2022    
    Spring 2023 National Diploma   Summer 2023 National Diploma

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Current Courses


11 Day Online Diploma


25th & 26th April 2022
23rd & 24th May 2022
 20th & 21st June 2022
 18th & 19th July 2022
19th & 20th Sept 2022
17th Oct 2022 
April 2022 Diploma