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

This one day conference organised jointly by the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service and CAMHS Early Response & Intervention Team, will enable capacity to be built in your primary or secondary school to meet children’s mental health and behavioural needs through your attendance and engagement with:
• An Inspirational Key Note address by Dr. Pooky Knightsmith (Mental Health Author and Educator, Vice Chair: Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition)
• A choice  of 18 half-day TaMHS courses
• A range of stalls show-casing interventions, resources and local support agencies for perusing during breaks and lunch.
 [£101.00] (There is a cost reduction for a second place £51.00) 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 a half-day or two twilight training sessions amounting to a total of 3 hours of contact time.

The FRIENDS Adult Resilience programme was created to help adults to:

  • Learn to be mindful and to be aware of feelings and body messages
  • Recognise the power of having positive thinking and inner helpful thoughts
  • Feel like a resilient person

The programme is delivered over ten 1 hour sessions (or these sessions can be adapted and delivered in 30 minute sessions).

This full-day training aims to enable delegates to:

  • Facilitate the FRIENDS Adult Resilience programme within their settings to a range of different adults.
  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of the programme including the cognitive behavioural therapy model and the relationship between risk and preventative factors and resilience.
  • Identify the skills needed to run a FRIENDS Adult Resilience group.

Important Note: Settings will need to purchase their own resources to deliver this programme including individual EBooks and an electronic facilitators manual. These cost £2.75 per EBook/ Manual.

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

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.

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

Attachment

Self enrolment

Why Attachment Matters: “Children are not slates from which the past can be rubbed…. but human beings who carry their previous experiences with them and whose behaviour in the present is profoundly affected by what has gone on before” (Bowlby, 1951).  Attachment is an emotional bond to another person; the central theme of attachment theory is that parents/carers who are available and responsive to an infant's needs allow the child to develop a sense of security. The infant knows that the parent/carer is consistent, which creates a secure base for the child to then explore the world.

Researchers have found that attachment patterns established early in life can lead to a number of outcomes. For example, children who are securely attached as infants tend to develop stronger self-esteem and better self-reliance as they grow older. These children also tend to be more independent, perform better in school, have successful social relationships, and experience less depression and anxiety.

What happens to children who develop an insecure attachment pattern? Research suggests that these patterns established early in life can have a negative impact on emotional wellbeing and relationships in childhood, and throughout adult life.  Insecure attachment behaviour has been identified with particular responses to the teacher and the learning task in the classroom (Geddes 2006). However, the school ethos, approaches and interventions can be adapted to proactively address attachment needs and this course explores those possibilities.

The course is suitable for school staff for all Key Stages

Course Learning Objectives:

  • To understand what attachment is and why it is so important
  • To know how to support when attachment style impacts on learning

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

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.

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

The course is suitable for school staff from any Key Stage.

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

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.

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


The course is suitable for school staff working with Key Stages 1 and 2.

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.

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 has been found to be very evident in our experience of supporting schools.

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.

[£89.00] 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 violence 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 childrens 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.

Objectives:

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

[£167.00] 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

[£167.00] 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.

[£167.00] 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.

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

FRIENDS for Life

Self enrolment

The FRIENDS’ For Life programme is an evidence-based resilience programme designed specifically for 8 to 11 year olds, which aims to:
• Teach life skills for coping with challenging situations.
• Normalise states of emotional distress, and develop self-regulation and self-soothing skills.
• Promote self-confidence and empathy.
• Identify values that will promote positive choices.
• Build positive social networks and role models, and teach constructive peer relationship skills, thus reducing bullying.
• Improve attitudes to learning and academic performance.

This full-day training aims to enables delegates to:
• Facilitate the FRIENDS for Life programme within their settings.
• Understand the theoretical underpinnings of the programme including the cognitive behavioural therapy model and the relationship between  risk and preventative factors and resilience.
• Identify the skills needed to run a FRIENDS for Life group.

For more information, or if you are interested in whole school/ cluster training, please email: tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk or speak to your Link Educational Psychologist.

Important Note: Settings will need to purchase their own resources to deliver this programme including individual EBooks and an electronic facilitator’s manual. These cost £2.75 per EBook/ Manual.

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

Fun Friends

Self enrolment

The Fun Friends Resilience programme is an evidence-based programme designed specifically for 4 to 7 year olds, which aims to help children:

  • Recognise that all feelings are okay, but it is what we do with them that is important.
  • Identify happy experiences
  • Be empathetic to all living things and to care for the environment.
  • Replace unhelpful thoughts with helpful thoughts.
  • Replace thumbs down (negative) behaviours with thumbs up (positive) behaviours.
  • Develop a support network of positive role models.

The programme is delivered over ten 1 1/2  hour sessions.

This full-day training aims to enables delegates to:

  • Facilitate the Fun Friends programme within their settings.
  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of the programme including the cognitive behavioural therapy model and the relationship between risk and preventative factors and resilience.Identify the skills needed to run a Fun Friends group.

For more information, or if you are interested in whole school/ cluster training, please email: tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk or speak to your Link Educational Psychologist.Important Note:

Settings will need to purchase their own resources to deliver this programme including individual EBooks and an electronic facilitators manual. These cost £2.75 per EBook/ Manual.

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

Literacy remains a key to learning across the curriculum. Children and young people who struggle to read and spell are therefore at risk of being disadvantaged throughout theirformal education and beyond. Spelling skills correlate with reading skills, but there aredifferences in the psychological processes involved. The debate about specific learning difficulties and/or dyslexia hasnt gone away, although the research evidence about effective literacy teaching is increasing all the time.

This half-day training aims to enable school staff:

  • To understand how to identify the needs of children who are having difficulties learning to read and spell.
  • To know how to create a dyslexia friendly classroom.
  • To know how best to support individual children with reading and spelling difficulties.
  • To identify where further help and resources can be accessed.

The course is suitable for school staff from all Key Stages.

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

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

Motivational Interviewing is a well-established evidenced-based model for building motivation for change with individuals. Motivational Interviewing is a person-centred approach which is respectful and empowering. This course is suitable for all practitioners working with upper primary and older children and young people. The aim of this course is to promote an understanding of how Motivational Interviewing
developed and how it has been applied to individuals – especially with addiction issues and disaffected teenagers.

You will learn how to facilitate change with older children and young people through techniques for questioning and exploring goals and values. There will be opportunity to think about how Motivational Interviewing can be applied in your own work and how you can continue your learning and development in this area.

The whole-day training is aimed at enabling staff to:

  • Recognise and respond to resistance to change
  • Enhance confidence
  • Strengthen commitment towards change

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

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