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(11 day course validated by The Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education)





A practical skills-based course, underpinned by evidence-based research studies. Designed to inform and empower staff to respond effectively to vulnerable children/ young people who have experienced trauma and/or have mental health issues by delivering interventions addressing mild to moderate mental health problems, with a focus on recovery.

Who is it for: Professionals working with children and young people.

 Duration/format: 11-day training, live online or in person 

Admission Requirements: No previous training required, delegates will need to be working in a setting with children and young people.

Cost: Max £1,595 (no VAT)



"I can honestly say that it was, by far, the best, most insightful, profoundly moving, expertly evidenced, endlessly interesting and fascinating, relevant and (as I’m sure will be testified to before long) most useful training I have received in my teaching career." 2020 Delegate

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This practical skills-based training course underpinned by over 1000 evidence-based psychological, medical and neuroscientific research studies, is designed to inform and empower school and community staff to respond effectively to vulnerable children/young people who have experienced trauma and/or have a mental health issue.  The government Green Paper, ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ (December 2017), states: 

There is evidence that appropriately trained and supported staff such as teachers and teaching assistants can achieve results comparable to those achieved by trained therapists in delivering a number of interventions addressing mild to moderate mental health problems (anxiety, conduct disorder, substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.” 

This training provides the core skills to make this possible, informed by cutting edge research on what brings about trauma recovery.

The training also includes the knowledge and skills for cultural change resulting in mentally healthy schools and communities (for both adults and children).  The curriculum covers interventions designed specifically to address teacher stress, teacher absence and poor staff retention. So if you want to change vulnerable 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.


Working with young people…

  • 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 develop the capacity to handle stress well over time.
  • Learn how to relate with children in ways that enhance their self-esteem, confidence, and feelings of psychological safety.
  • 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 problem (e.g., depression/ anxiety and feel confident in offering them accurate empathy, understanding and key psychoeducation without inferring meaning.
  • 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.
  • Employ strategies for early intervention (early indicators of mental health difficulties) know limits of competence and refer on to other agencies when these are available.



Whole School Implementation…

"The Middle School Ofsted went so well and the inspector who carried out the SEND interview was completely on board with the TISUK approach to behaviours in school. I felt I had the confidence to talk about trauma simply because I had such amazing input from your training and from the professional dialogue that we all shared. I really can't thank you enough for this. We were moved from 'Requires Improvement' to 'Good'. I always knew intuitively what I was doing, but the amazing thing about the TISUK training is that it gave me intellectual concepts and evidence based psychological theories to communicate this to others."

Sati Witts, Class Teacher, EYs co-ordinator then SENCO, Abbey Park First and Middle School, Worcestershire. 

"I feel as if I have found a secret room in a house which I knew was there but which I couldn't find. I have found it in dreams but, on waking up, I knew it wasn't true. Now I am touching the door handle and I am awake! I cannot thank you enough. I feel different."

2020 Delegate

  • Work to increase the protective factors and ‘safety cues’ in the school culture to prevent adverse childhood experiences from becoming long-term mental, physical, and societal health problems.
  • Enable other staff to think psychologically about pupils in terms of what has happened to them rather than simply why are they behaving this way.
  • Educate staff to understand when challenging behaviour and explosive outbursts are likely to be trauma triggers and how to calm children.
  • Support staff to relate to children in ways that enable them to move from blocked trust to trust.
  • Using accessible language, educate staff with the brain science and psychological research on child mental health problems and their impact on quality of life and learning.
  • Educate staff about what children need in their relationships with adults, so they don’t suffer misdiagnosis, distress, or additional trauma in the school environment.
  • Support staff in ways that prevent them suffering from high levels of stress, developing secondary trauma, and leaving the profession as a result.



The Diploma course is run over 11 days across two terms. There is an expectation to complete approximately 50 hours of work-based learning to deliver a twenty-minute Power Point presentation on Day 11 demonstrating how you have implemented your learning for the course.  There is no written exam. 

Courses are either delivered live online via Zoom, face to face, or blended with a mix of online and face to face.  The online sessions follow the same format as face-to-face courses, including small group work. Online sessions are interactive, so delegates are required to have a camera and microphone on their device and expected to have their cameras on for the duration of the training. The delivery of content is intensive and to complete the course and take the assessment 100% attendance is required on all days

During online courses you will interact with all the delegates and trainers through Zoom, and it will follow the same format as our face to face courses.  


You need to be working with young people on a regular basis or in a strategic role supporting staff who are working with young people. Please read our duty of care to delegates.

Diploma places are non-transferable and non-refundable. 


Level 5 Diploma, with TISUK Practitioner status

TISUK Practitioners receive half termly newsletters with news, latest research, training opportunities, updated resources and documentation, CPD and support. They are eligible to join their local free regional practitioner network who meet online termly for free support, advice and networking.

To maintain TISUK Practitioner status delegates must complete 3 sessions of professional supervision per year, see full details here

The Institue of Arts in Therapy and Education run a 13-day University accredited version of the Diploma training (accredited by the University of East London) which carries 20 credits (Level 5). The first 11 days are common to the 11 day diploma course, the additional 2 days cover the exploration and deepening of skills, including Peer Supervision, Big Empathy Practice, Sand Tray Experiential and Sand Tray in Supervision, and improving confidence to have Conversations that Matter with children, teenagers, and ourselves. There is also an additional written assessment. The cost is £3685 (including £435 UEL university registration fee).  Click here for full details. 

Diploma courses are run nationally and regionally. Regional courses allow you to build a network of practitioners local to your area, however with the development of virtual networks, participants on all courses form close connections with their fellow delegates, which are often maintained on completion.

To apply, complete the following application formDiploma Application Form and return to: for National courses, for IATE run courses or to regional trainers  for Regional Courses (contact emails on regional course date pages)

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