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Target audience: Primary, Secondary and Specialist Schools; School Nurses: and other agencies who work with schools including the Voluntary/Charity Sector and Social Care

8th October 2019 at Kettering Conference Centre

£104.00 per attendee & £52.00 for 2nd attendee (same organisation)

Organised jointly by the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service and CAMHS Community Early Response & Intervention Team, this conference has been planned to help primary and secondary schools to meet children's mental health and behavioural needs.

Following on from the success of last year's conference, we have invited Dr. Pooky Knightsmith  (Mental Health Author and Educator; Vice Chair: Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition) to present the Key Note Address again.

This time Pooky will be talking about creating mentally healthy schools, which meet the needs of every learner, to coincide with the release of her new book "Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook: A Practical Guide to Meeting the Needs of Every Learner". Pooky is an internationally respected and prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author. Pooky develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health - arming health, social care and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care; whilst also working hard to drive collaboration and change at a national and international level amongst politicians and charity, business and service leads.

A choice of 18 half-day workshops/courses is available. For details of course content and learning objective please visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/tamhsupdate

There will be a range of stalls show-casing interventions, resources and local support agencies - for perusing during breaks and lunch.

Priority places and course choices will be given to early bookers. Bookings will close when full capacity is reached.

Confirmation of your courses will be provided early in Autumn 2019. all courses with good take up will be run.


A behavioural management programme for use by teachers and other school/setting staff

While this training is no longer run as a centrally organised course, it is available for secondary schools to commission from the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service for a half-day or two twilight training sessions amounting to a total of 3 hours of contact time.

Cost for schools is at the rate of their EPS SLA - where for every hour of face to face input, an hour of preparation is also charged. For full information regarding new SLA charges and set-up see www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/eps

For organisations other than schools, please email tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to discuss charges.

Anxiety is a natural feeling we all experience from time to time which can be useful when we face new or stressful situations. It can be our body’s way of preparing us to face a challenge by releasing a hormone called adrenaline which causes an alert and ready to react response sometimes known as ‘fight or flight’. All children and young people can get anxious and this is a normal as they grow up to develop their survival skills. However sometimes Anxiety can occur too often and at the wrong time and this may affect a child’s everyday life, development and relationships. Recent research suggests that as many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their lives, this means that up to 5 people in a class may be living with higher levels of anxiety, whether that be OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), social anxiety and shyness, exam stress, worry or panic attacks.

This half-day training aims to enable school staff to:

  • Understand that anxiety can be adaptive and part of the normal development of children and young people.
  • Know that anxiety has cognitive, physiological and behavioural components.
  • Be aware of ways to support children experiencing higher levels of anxiety and where further help and resources can be accessed.

This course is aimed at professionals.

[£91.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

Attachment

Self enrolment

While this training is no longer run as a centrally organised course, it is available for school and early years settings to commission from the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service for a whole staff session or series of sessions - amounting to a total of 6 hours of contact time.

Cost for schools is at the rate of their EPS SLA - where for every hour of face to face input, an hour of preparation is also charged. For full information regarding new SLA charges and set-up see www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/eps

For organisations other than schools, please email tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to discuss charges.

While this training is no longer run as a centrally organised course, it is available for school settings to commission from the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service for a whole staff session or series of sessions - amounting to a total of 3 hours of contact time.

Cost for schools is at the rate of their EPS SLA - where for every hour of face to face input, an hour of preparation is also charged. For full information regarding new SLA charges and set-up see www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/eps

For organisations other than schools, please email tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to discuss charges.

Estimates of the prevalence of children with presenting difficulties with concentration, impulsivity and high levels of activity which can lead to a diagnosis of ADHD are as high as 5% of all children in the UK – i.e. an average of 1.5 children per class of 30 children.  Such difficulties can present significant barriers to learning for these children, hence, it is vital that there is widespread knowledge and understanding about ADHD
and related difficulties, and how best to support children who present with such difficulties.

Professionals attending the training will develop:

  • A greater understanding of the difficulties and strengths associated with ADHD and the concept of ADHD.
  • Knowledge about the pathway for staff to follow where there are concerns that achild may have ADHD.
  • Awareness of the ways teachers and teaching assistants can differentiate in orderto accommodate the needs of children with ADHD.

This training is supported by Northamptonshire Young Healthy Minds Partnership.'Support for children who may have ADHD' is one of the Building Blocks for MentallyHealthy Schools at the More Targeted Level within the Northamptonshire TaMHS Programme.

In order to arrange whole-staff training on 'ADHD' or to discuss further, please contact your link EP or email tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

Schools may wish to consider inviting other schools to the training, so that they can share the costs.


While this training is no longer run as a centrally organised course, it is available for primary
settings to commission from the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service for a whole
staff session or series of sessions – amounting to a total of 3 hours of contact time.

Cost for schools is at the rate of their EPS SLA – where for every hour of face to face input, an
hour of preparation is also charged. For full information regarding new SLA charges and set-up
see
www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/eps
For organisations other than schools, please email
tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to discuss charges.

Autism is a different way of being and a different way of experiencing the world. Children with a
diagnosis of Autism can have problems with; attention, language and communication and social
interactions. This means that it can be hard for children with Autism to understand the
language and social communications of others and they may find it difficult to express
themselves clearly. Many children have a strong need for sameness and find change a challenge
to manage successfully. Sensory stimuli can also be processed differently.

This introductory course will cover the strengths and difficulties associated with an Autism
Spectrum Disorder and explore how this may impact on learning, play, peer relationships,
emotional regulation and school life. Strategies to promote effective inclusive practice will be
discussed.

Professionals attending the training will develop:

  • A greater understanding of Autism.
  • Awareness of the ways teachers and teaching assistants can differentiate in order to accommodate the needs of children with Autism.
  • Awareness of how to implement supportive strategies and promote inclusive practice in their primary school.

In order to arrange whole-staff training on ‘ASD’ or to discuss further, please contact your
link EP or email tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

Schools may wish to consider inviting other schools to the training, so that they can share the costs.

While this training is not currently run as a centrally organised course, it is available for
schools to commission from the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service for up
to 20 staff (from one or more schools) in one or more sessions – amounting to a minimum
of 3 hours of contact time.

Cost for schools is at the rate of their EPS SLA – where for every hour of face to
face input, an hour of preparation is also charged. For full information regarding
new SLA charges and set-up see
www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/eps
For organisations other than schools, please email
tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to discuss charges.

Emotional Regulation is an essential process for all children, helping them to be in a brain state for learning. The pressures of 21st Century living have increased the prevalence of anxiety in children, which is transferred to their lived experience in school, where we may experience their behaviour as angry outbursts or 'inappropriate responses.' As educators and carers of children we can understand what is happening in their brains and bodies and model a range of techniques that children can use in order to improve their emotional regulation.

This practical half-day training aims to enable participants to become aware of:

  • The importance of co-regulating emotions with children, as in a healthy attachment.
  • The relationship between the brain, feelings and the body.
  • The importance of labelling feelings and recognising when children don't feel safe.
  • Techniques to help regulate feelings with children using the 7 points of Relax Kids.
  • Ways of helping those children who have experience Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  • Mindfulness and other techniques to use with children.

And so begin to create an emotional regulation toolkit to use with the children where you work.

Emotional Regulation weaves its way through a number of the Building Blocks for Mentally Healthy Schools at all levels within the Northamptonshire TaMHS Programme, for use: in the home, across the whole school, with whole classes, with small groups and with individual children.

[£91.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

This session serves to help schools prepare for the unwelcome but possible occurrence of a critical or tragic event happening at school or within the school community, and adversely affecting the school. Unfortunately, incidents such as a child / student death or other sudden tragic news affecting the community traumatically, can happen when we least expect it. The benefits of being prepared to ensure the best possible response to supporting the school community have been found to greatly enhance positive outcomes.

This half-day training session will introduce participants to:

  • Guidance materials which consider the need for addressing necessary organisational structures, communication issues, and need for psychological support for those experiencing distress.
  • The focus of interventions that help the school to cope with the impact of a critical incident.
  • Strategies and approaches which help to bring the school back to normal routines and functioning as quickly as possible.

This course is suitable for anyone within the school community who already has, or is considering having a role in taking a lead in an incident or supporting staff and / or students following an incident.

[£91.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

Domestic Abuse (or domestic violence) can be defined as: Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been in a relationship together, or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality (Home Office 2005). There is evidence that 18% - 30% of women experience domestic abuse (DA), more so than men, however it does affect all groups of people regardless of age, class, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or religion. It is estimated that 10-20% of children risk exposure to domestic abuse in the UK, leading to many of them experiencing difficulties that can include: developmental delay, social, emotional and psychological difficulties and possible post-traumatic stress disorder. Given the prevalence of DA and the potential negative effects of DA on children's mental health it is important that adults who work with children know how to identify those at risk and consider how to support children and their families.

This whole day training aims to enable school staff to:

  • Identify early signs that could suggest a child is being exposed to DA
  • Understand the psychological, social and emotional impact of DA on children and parents
  • Know about best practice in supporting children and their families and to gain information about agencies offering support for DA

This course is suitable for school staff from any key stage.

Each training session starts and finishes promptly at the given times.

[£170.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/nonattendance.

The training is being provided by Maria Beagley, from Drawing and Talking Ltd who, with others, has developed the approach that is already widely used in Northamptonshire as well as other parts of the UK. Maria has worked as a teacher, SEN teacher and SENCo for over 30 years. She is now a full-time trainer in Drawing and Talking.


Advanced Training enables adults to gain a greater understanding of the therapeutic nature of the work involved and to be able to apply it in a variety of situations, including groups and sand play. Questions can be asked about current work you are doing 1:1 with children, building and affirming the skills already learnt in Foundation Training.

This whole day training aims to enable school staff to:

  • Review the process of Drawing and Talking (Foundation Level).
  • Learn how to use Drawing and Talking with small groups of children.
  • Evaluate the progress of pupils using this process.
  • Access support/advice in running group interventions.

This training is suitable for professionals who have completed the ‘Drawing and Talking: Foundation level’ training

Each training session starts and finishes promptly at the given times.

[£170.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancellation/non attendance.

The training is being provided by Maria Beagley, from Drawing and Talking Ltd who, with others, has developed the approach that is already widely used in Northamptonshire as well as other parts of the UK. Maria has worked as a teacher, SEN teacher and SENCo for over 30 years. She is now a full-time trainer in Drawing and Talking.

For more details about Drawing and Talking, please visit: www.drawingandtalking.com

This whole day training aims to enable school staff to:

  • Understand the importance of giving pupils time and space to draw and talk in the presence of a supportive and attentive adult.
  • Know how to use the process to help children who are struggling to process difficult emotions and possibly displaying worrying behaviour.
  • Know where further help and resources can be accessed.

This training is suitable for professionals working in all Key Stages.

Each training session starts and finishes promptly at the given times.

[£170.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

“Much of today’s popular advice about children’s behaviour ignores the world of emotions. Instead it relies on child-rearing theories that address the child’s behaviour, but disregards the feelings that underlie the behaviour.” (John Gottman, 1997)

Research at Bath Spa University has demonstrated that Emotion Coaching helps:

  • Children to regulate, improve and take ownership of their behaviour.
  • Children to calm down and better understand emotions.
  • Practitioners to be more sensitive to children’s needs.
  • Create more consistent responses to children’s behaviour.
  • Practitioners to feel more ‘in control’ during incidents.
  • Promote positive relationships between adults and children.

Research has shown that emotion-coached children achieve more academically in school, are more popular, have fewer behavioural problems, and are more emotionally stable and resilient (Gottman, et al 1996).

This half-day training aims to enable school staff to:

  • Explore the benefits of Emotion Coaching and increase understanding of the impact of relationships between children and adults upon behaviour.
  • Consider aspects of attachment theory relevant to Emotion Coaching.
  • Discuss opportunities to receive whole school staff training in Emotion Coaching.
  • Develop a plan in relation to how Emotion Coaching may be implemented successfully in their school.

This course is aimed at professionals as an introduction to Emotion Coaching- it is not the complete training package. Following this introduction, whole-staff training can be arranged by the Educational Psychology Service.

It would be most helpful if a member of senior management was able to attend this session.

[£91.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancellation/non attendance.

The Keys to Happier Living Toolkit for Primary Schools (KS2) is an evidence-based resource for teachers to support children to learn, develop and embed the core skills for emotional wellbeing and resilience. It is based on the ‘GREAT DREAM’ model by Action for Happiness – a movement for positive social change, with the goal of happiness for everyone. The Keys to Happier Living toolkit has received the PSHE Association Quality Mark indicating that it meets the requirements of their ten principles for effective Personal, Social and Health Education.


This one day course will be delivered by Peter Harper, Clinical Psychologist and Val Payne,Teacher whom using their wealth of career experience locally and jointly devised and piloted the programme. The training has been organised by the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service.


This whole-day training aims to enable school staff to:

  • Understand the ‘ten keys’ and look at how they can implement them within their own lives.
  • Explore the evidence-based for the programme.
  • Deliver the Keys to Happier Toolkit within their setting.

This course is aimed at professionals working in Key Stage 2. At least one person from each participating school attending the training needs to be a qualified teacher.Important Note: Settings will need to purchase their own resources to deliver thisprogramme including the Toolkit (£50) and individual pupil journals (£4 each).

[£167.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

Listening to Children

Self enrolment

Are you committed to the principles of involving children and young people in processes aimed at supporting them but sometimes find it difficult to gain a rich picture of the child's perspective?

This course will focus on consulting with children and young people about their individual perspective.

This half-day training seeks to provide participants with:

  • An understanding of the benefits of gaining a rich picture of the childs perspective.
  • Awareness of the key principles for consulting with children and young people.
  • Practical guidance on talking with children and young people.
  • Knowledge of effective techniques for eliciting children and young peoples views.

This course is aimed at professionals working with children and young people.

[£89.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

While this training is no longer run as a centrally organised course, it is available for school
settings to commission from the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service for a whole
staff session or series of sessions – amounting to a total of 3 hours of contact time.


Cost for schools is at the rate of their EPS SLA – where for every hour of face to face input, an
hour of preparation is also charged. For full information regarding new SLA charges and set-up
see
www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/eps
For organisations other than schools, please email
tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to discuss charges.


While this training is no longer run as a centrally organised course, it is available for school
settings to commission from the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service for a whole
staff session or series of sessions – amounting to a total of 6 hours of contact time.

Cost for schools is at the rate of their EPS SLA – where for every hour of face to face input, an
hour of preparation is also charged. For full information regarding new SLA charges and set-up
see
www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/eps
For organisations other than schools, please email
tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to discuss charges.

Safeguarding young people online is often an on-going challenge as technology is moving at such a fast pace. In the UK children are spending longer online than in any other developed country. There have been growing concerns regarding children's exposure to sexual content of one kind or another, with online pornography being easily assessable and the steady rise of behaviours such as "sexting". Public anxiety often focuses on pornography, "sexting", bullying and meeting strangers, especially for young children. But there are other risks that worry children, including many teenagers, such as negative user-generated content. We have a responsibility to provide guidance and support for children facing online risks. But it is also important to support children's capacity to cope themselves, thereby building resilience. Children and young people's resilience is strongly implicated in how online risks are experienced, and their ability to cope when problems arise (Young Minds, 2016). Parents play a vital role in keeping children safe on the internet and they can also empower their child to gain digital skills but they can often lack confidence in how to support their children.

This interactive session will look at online safety and how we can build a child's resilience online. We will cover managing online risk, using the internet positively and the effect social media is having on wellbeing. You will leave with lots of wonderful resources to safeguard children and young people online and knowledge of how to effectively build digital resilience.

Free resources obtained on this training:

  • Numerous resources for keeping children safe online
  • Digital resilience resources to embed in your curriculum
  • Online wellbeing resources
  • Activities and resources to use with young people, other professionals and parents


This half-day training should enable participants from any key stage:

  • To know the online risks, such as online grooming, and the steps to take to keep children and young people safe.
  • To know how to support CYP to use the internet safely and responsibly.
  • To know how to support parents in setting healthy boundaries and equipping their children with the skills to stay safe online.
  • To be aware of the neuroscience and psychology behind children and young people's online behaviours, and the potential impact on children and young people's digital resilience and wellbeing.

This course is aimed at professionals from any key stage.

[£91.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

While this training is no longer run as a centrally organised course, it is available for
secondary schools to commission from the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology
Service for up to 20 staff (from one or more schools) in one or more sessions – amounting
to a minimum of 3 hours of contact time.


Cost for schools is at the rate of their EPS SLA – where for every hour of face to face
input, an hour of preparation is also charged. For full information regarding new SLA
charges and set-up see
www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/eps
For organisations other than schools, please email
tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to discuss charges.

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