Start dates
Course One: Mid-September 2020 to January 2021 (one weekend a month)(University vaiidated option)
Course Two: November 2020 to March 2021 (weekdays-dates below)


Course Director: Eminent Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist: Dr Margot Sunderland (www.wikipedia.org/wiki/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. Delegates will also learn to use ‘Motional’ – our online tool for assessing, improving, and measuring change in emotional health and wellbeing.

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

East of England

10 Day Online Diploma

(Application Required)


10 Day Online Diploma

(Application Required)

25th & 26th January 2021  20th & 21st April 2021
22nd & 23rd February 2021   7th & 8th June 2021
15th & 16th March 2021  5th & 6th July 2021
26th & 27th April 2021 13th & 14th September 2021 
17th & 18th May 2021  4th & 5th October 2021


April 2021 Online Diploma 

To apply contact christine@traumainformedschools.co.uk  To apply contact info@traumainformedschools.co.uk


Current Courses

10 Day Online Diploma

12 Day University Validated Route

IATE 10 day Online Diploma (application required)

12 Day University Validated Course (interview required)

*Weekend Dates*

East of England

10 Day Online Diploma

(Application Required)


10 day Online Diploma

*Fully booked*


10 Day Online Diploma 

(Application Required)

2nd & 3rd June 19th & 20th  September 2020 1st & 2nd October 2020 9th & 10th November 2020 19th & 20th November 2020
6th & 7th July 2020 17th & 18th  October 2020  5th & 6th November 2020 30th November & 1st December 2020 7th & 8th December 2020
14th & 15th September 2020 14th & 15th  November 2020 3rd & 4th December 2020 11th & 12th January 2021 14th & 15th Janaury 2021
15th &16th October 2020 12th & 13th  December 2020 21st & 22nd January 2021 8th & 9th February 2021 11th & 12th February 2021
16th &17th November 2020 16th & 17th January 2021 11th & 12th February 2021 8th & 9th March 2021 8th & 9th March 2021
11th & 12th January 2021 6th & 7th  February (University Route only)      



Please email: info@traumainformedschools.co.uk


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