Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Successfully Improving Students’ Emotional Resilience

Understanding and Applying Emotion Coaching Techniques

This practical, interactive and in-depth course is led by one of two outstanding presenters from our partnership organisation MITOS. Both have experience spanning a wide age-range and with that in mind, the course can be tailored in an age-appropriate way and in response to your specific needs.

Through extensive practice, training and research, we have come to understand that the majority of mental health challenges and the greatest struggle with maintaining a healthy mindset is often down to an accumulation of unmet emotional need. Emotions are widely misunderstood as the thing that controls us. In actual fact they are a rich data source which, when harnessed and understood, can enable greater understanding of self and others.  Emotions can improve mindset and when used effectively can improve resilience and self-regulation significantly.  This training uses techniques grounded in Emotion Coaching and is integrated with tried and tested evidence-based models. 

​Key learning objectives include:

  • Understanding how emotions are a useful data source
  • Discovering the key to good mental health
  • How mindset & emotions work best together
  • Emotionally engaging students to significantly improve learning
  • Developing emotional language skills
  • Meta emotion filters – understanding your own experiences and how it affects others
  • Supporting authentic and safe learning environments – enabling your students to feel seen, safe and understood

    Skillful Responses to Complex Mental Health Situations – A Masterclass

    This in-depth and interactive Masterclass delivers evidence-based training which is specifically aimed at pastoral staff and nurses. By sharing the trainers’ extensive knowledge and personal experience, the day offers a unique opportunity to hone skills and build confidence when dealing with challenging mental health scenarios and mental health emergencies in school. The day is particularly suitable for those with some previous knowledge of mental health issues.
    ​Key learning objectives include:

    • Reducing staff anxiety about managing students’ mental health issues
    • Effective actions for complex mental health situations
    • Offering students immediate and safe help in a mental health emergency
    • Actions for lone workers – what to say and do
    • Using key assessment skills to spot risk and danger
    • Identifying your existing skill-set and knowledge in order to build on your expertise
    • Helping your students sustain well-being once a crisis has passed

    Tackling Depression and Anxiety

    Offering Confident, Competent and Effective Support to Students

    With an estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 10 boys showing signs of depression at the age of 14, and 25% of teenagers struggling with an anxiety disorder at some point, school staff need to react swiftly to identify and help those students in need. This interactive course, which highlights current research and best practice, builds colleagues’ knowledge, skills and confidence, enabling them to spot those students requiring help, and to offer targeted and timely interventions.
    ​Key learning objectives include:

    • Understanding risk factors and spotting warning signs amongst your students
    • Exploring issues of disclosure, confidentiality, referral thresholds and conflicts of interest
    • ​Managing students’ acute distress – what to do, and what NOT to do
    • Offering​ students ongoing help for depression and anxiety
    • Understanding the mental health issues faced by LGBTQ students​
    • Tried and tested 1:1 and group approaches to use with your students​

    Essential Counselling and Communication Skills for Pastoral Staff

    Supporting Student Wellbeing through Effective Pastoral Conversations

    This interactive course allows participants to develop the skills and confidence required to ensure supportive and effective pastoral interactions with students in their care.
    Key learning objectives include:

    • ​Understanding your role and where it fits in the wider pastoral support system
    • ​Identifying and honing your active listening skills
    • ​Using empowering questions to help students create their own solutions
    • ​Developing listening and responding skills for emotionally-challenging pastoral conversations
    • How to have supportive conversations with students experiencing common mental health issues
    • ​Reviewing your support networks and personal coping strategies

    Resilience and Mindfulness Techniques

    Children’s stress levels are at an all-time high, yet many pupils struggle to talk about their feelings, or find ways to calm down and feel safe. This course explores how resilience and mindfulness techniques can help children deal with stress and gives practical ideas that staff can use in whole-class settings, with groups and on a 1:1 basis.
    Key learning objectives include:

    • Using resilience and mindfulness techniques to help pupils explore their feelings
    • Helping pupils to develop coping strategies and ways to manage stress
    • Dealing with the practicalities and avoiding common pitfalls
    • Encouraging pupils to become ‘present’
    • Helping pupils develop self-compassion and self-care strategies
    • Activities and creative tools to use with individuals, groups and whole classes

    Eating Disorders in Children and Young People

    Effective Approaches for Supporting Students


    This course provides essential knowledge, skills and approaches for effectively supporting young people with eating disorders.
    ​Key learning objectives include:

    • ​Risk factors and current incidence
    • Key messages – current research and best practice
    • Managing disclosure and thresholds for specialist referral
    • Exploring issues of confidentiality and conflicts of interest
    • ​​Strategies for prevention and intervention
    • Developing resilient practice

    Self Harm in Children and Young People

    Effective Approaches for Supporting Students


    This course provides essential knowledge, skills and approaches for effectively supporting young people who self harm.
    ​Key objectives include:

    • ​Risk factors and current incidence
    • Key messages – current research and best practice
    • Managing disclosure and thresholds for specialist referral
    • Exploring issues of confidentiality and conflicts of interest
    • ​​Strategies for prevention and intervention
    • Developing resilient practice

    Mental Health Skills – Building your Toolkit

    Effective strategies, skills and techniques to support your students


    Students are under huge pressure: exams, workload, relationships, hormones, planning for ‘the future’ – the heat is on. Inevitably, a large number will require support for a mental health problem whilst at school. This interactive course builds Nurses’ knowledge and confidence, enabling them to offer timely, appropriate and effective initial and ongoing mental health support to those students in need.


    Key learning objectives include:

    • Understanding the current mental health landscape
    • Spotting risk, identifying students in danger and managing initial disclosure
    • Offering students support for stress, anxiety, depression, identity crisis, self harm and suicidality
    • ​Managing issues of confidentiality and mental health referrals
    • ​Key skills, effective interventions and therapeutic techniques to help your students cope​​

    Managing Digital Pressure

    Pre-emptive Strategies for Improving Student Wellbeing

    In a rapidly changing technological era, students are now facing wider sources of pressure than we’ve previously known. Whilst there are positives to social networking, evidence has also shown significant detrimental effects. These could include addiction, sleep, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and more. This course is designed to empower whole school staff to effectively support students from a position of authority and understanding.
    Key learning objectives include:

    • Successfully developing student resilience, self-discipline & positive lifestyle habits
    • Preventing ‘screens’ from debilitating your students’ potential
    • Exploring social media & ‘screen’ addiction – raising awareness & promoting boundaries
    • Enabling students to manage their emotions amidst peer pressure and an ‘impulse’ culture
    • Increasing student confidence and self-esteem in the brave new selfie world
    • Resources for PSHE lessons/ assemblies AND engaging parents on this issue!

    Essential Mental Health First Aid for Primary/ Prep School Staff

    Identifying, Understanding and Managing Pupils’ Mental Health Needs


    School staff are under increasing pressure from the government to react swiftly to identify and support pupils’ mental health needs. This interactive course aims to build colleagues’ knowledge and confidence, enabling them to offer effective initial and ongoing mental health First Aid to pupils in need.
    ​Key learning objectives include:

    • Delivering mental health First Aid for anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, friendship & separation issues, sleep problems, grief and low self-esteem
    • Knowing what to say and how to react…and what to avoid
    • Assembling a First Aid kit of age-appropriate interventions, therapeutic techniques and practical responses
    • Offering a mental health MOT to pupils

    Building Resilience in Young People

    Prevention, Early intervention and Risk Limitation

    With almost half of all mental illness beginning at just age 14, schools are increasingly feeling the pressure to provide the right pastoral support. Mental ill-health presents itself in many forms and schools have a critical role to play in caring for their students, including recognising symptoms and acting swiftly. Very sadly suicide is a leading cause of death in young people, however there’s plenty that can be done to prevent situations from reaching crisis point. This practical, interactive and in-depth course and both trainers’ experience spans a wide age-range and with that in mind, the course can be tailored in an age-appropriate way and in response to your specific needs.
    Key learning objectives include:

    • ​Developing effective models of care for pastoral and nursing teams
    • ​Providing early responses to help keep your students safe
    • Taking a pre-emptive strike before crisis hits
    • ​Clear take-away tips to help students manage their stress, anxiety and sadness
    • Successful strategies to build resilience and improve self-esteem
    • ​Limiting risk and exploring techniques for opening challenging conversations around self harm and suicide
    • ​Balancing the demands of the profession – self-care tips for yourself and your students

    Mental Health Skills for Guardianship Teams

    The Essential Toolkit

    This packed workshop aims to build colleagues’ knowledge and confidence, enabling them to offer effective initial and ongoing mental health support to students in need.
    Key learning objectives include:

    • Building an understanding of the causes of mental health issues
    • Spotting risk, identifying students in danger and managing initial disclosure
    • Offering students support for stress, anxiety, depression, identity crisis, self-harm and suicidality
    • Managing issues of confidentiality and mental health referrals
    • Key skills, effective interventions and therapeutic techniques to help your students cope

    Transforming Staff Wellbeing

    Increasing motivation & engagement – Keeping your staff and keeping them well!

    This full day workshop has been specifically designed to look seriously at the staff wellbeing crisis developing in our country and how leaders can develop a sustainable way of enabling staff to thrive rather than just survive. This course is especially for Senior Leaders or those aspiring to Senior Leadership who want to be part of shaping a new and exciting future for their school.

    Therapeutic Listening Skills for Primary School Staff
    Primary school staff are under pressure to support pupils who have an increasingly complex range of pastoral needs. To do this effectively, staff need to handle challenging conversations with pupils, and parents, in a sensitive, confident and professional manner.
    This course enables staff to increase their competence in using therapeutic listening skills and, in turn, to deliver effective and safe emotional support to vulnerable children within their care.