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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. 

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


10 Day Online Diploma

(Application Required)

Central UK

10 Day Diploma

(Application Required)

Northern Region Online

10 Day Diploma

(Application Required)

Southwest Region Online

11 Day Diploma

(Application Required)

 20th & 21st April 2021 19th & 20th May 2021  19th & 20th May 2021 21st & 22nd Sept 2021
  7th & 8th June 2021 1st & 2nd July 2021 17th & 18th June 2021 21st & 22nd Oct 2021
 5th & 6th July 2021 22nd & 23rd Sept 2021 15th & 16th July 2021 24th & 25th Nov 2021
13th & 14th September 2021  18th & 19th Oct 2021  23rd & 24th Sept 2021 19th & 20th Jan 2022
 4th & 5th October 2021 22nd & 23rd Nov 2021  19th & 20th Oct 2021 16th & 17th Feb 2022
      10th March 2022


April 2021 Online Diploma 





 To apply contact:


Central- jill@traumainformedschools.co.uk



Current Courses


10 day Online Diploma

*Fully booked*


10 Day Online Diploma 

(Application Required)

East of England

10 Day Online Diploma

(Application Required)

9th & 10th November 2020 19th & 20th November 2020 25th & 26th January 2021
30th November & 1st December 2020 7th & 8th December 2020 22nd & 23rd February 2021
11th & 12th January 2021 14th & 15th Janaury 2021 15th & 16th March 2021
8th & 9th February 2021 11th & 12th February 2021 26th & 27th April 2021
8th & 9th March 2021 8th & 9th March 2021 17th & 18th May 2021



Please email: info@traumainformedschools.co.uk


TISUK Practitioner