Training Courses

CPD

Child development and attachment

Children who Internalise Trauma

Introduction to motivational Interviewing

The Scottish Mental Health First Aid: Young People (SMHFA: YP) 14 hours CPD

Training is a 14 hour evidence based blended learning course made up of three parts: 
Part 1: self-study online module 

Part 2: full day face to face learning 

Part 3: self-study online module 
 

About the course

The course is certificated and participants receive the SMHFA: Young People manual.

Scottish Mental Health First Aid: Young People is a blended learning course. This means participants are invited to spend about 3 hours before the training day and 4 hours after the training day responding to the training materials to embed the learning from the main course day.

Mental Health First Aid: Young People was developed by NHS Scotland and is an evidence based course for adults supporting young people between the ages of 11 and 17.

Participants will receive a certificate on completion of all three stages of the course.

Who should come on the course

Mental Health First Aid: Young People is relevant for anyone who supports young people aged between 11 and 17. This includes, for example, parents, teachers, school nurses, youth workers, mentors, sports coaches and social workers.

The aims of the course

• to provide participants with a better understanding of young people’s mental health
• to equip participants with mental health first aid skills:
- how to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress
- how to ask a young person about mental distress - how to provide initial comfort and support
- how to guide a young person towards professional help and other support.

Course format

The SMHFA:YP course is a 14-hour blended learning course comprising three parts.

Part 1: a 3-hour online self-study module which includes:

• The policy context in Scotland
• Attitudes, inequalities, stigma and discrimination
• Introduction to the most common mental health problems and crises experienced by young people: depression, anxiety, self-harm, alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders and suicide
• Recovery
• Professional help

After completing all three parts of the course, each participant receives a certificate confirming their ‘Scotland’s Mental Health First Aider for Young People’ status along with a copy of the SMHFA:YP Manual.

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND ATTACHMENT

THE COURSE:

This course aims to help learners feel more confident in understanding attachment theory. Contemporary attachment theory is, primarily, concerned with the importance of close human relationships. We know how important attachment is for mental health and wellbeing because of many years of research into child development. We know how it impinges on many adult

relationships and for parenting skills and styles. Good professional practice is also about human

relationships. Thus, present-day attachment theory has much to offer not only for understanding but for helping and supporting in our work and personal lives.

COURSE CONTENT AND STRUCTURE:

This is a one day course and includes: The nature of attachment; the brain and attachment theories; attachment styles; attachment, emotions and learning; attachment and relationships;

attachment in our professional relationships with young people; risk factors affecting attachment and vulnerable groups; future relationship styles.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This course has been designed for any professionals that come into contact with children or young people. It is also suitable for professionals working with vulnerable adults.

COST:

£95 for the complete course, including learning materials and Certificate of Attendance.

 

UNDERSTANDING SELF-HARM 7 Hours CPD

THE COURSE

Self-harm among young people is a major public health issue in the UK. It affects at least one in

15 young people and some evidence suggests that rates of self-harm in the UK are higher than anywhere else in Europe. Many described how self-harm gets out ‘all the hurt, anger and pain’ but that relief is so short-lived they do it many times.

This course aims to help learners feel more confident in knowing about the warning signs, risk aspects and actions to take should they suspect a child or young person is self-harming.

COURSE CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

The course is delivered over a day (10am - 4pm). It includes: the nature and extent of self-harm;

risk factors; possible causes of self-harm; identifying self-harming behaviours; responding to selfharm; damage limitation; alternative coping strategies.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This course has been designed for any professionals that come into contact with children or young people. It is also suitable for professionals working with vulnerable adults.

COST

£95 for the complete course, including learning materials and Certificate of Attendance

 

UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN WHO INTERNALISE TRAUMA 4.5 hours CPD

THE COURSE:

There are many reasons why children internalise their distress rather than act out. They can become ‘invisible’ to those working with them – thought to be quiet, shy or well-behaved children

– when in fact, they are in pain. This course enables participants to better understand trauma and respond more effectively to children who internalise trauma.

COURSE CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

This is a half day course (4 hours) that will include: how we make sense of the world; the impact of trauma; children’s responses to trauma; processing trauma; barriers to accessing help and support; recognising, supporting and communicating effectively with children and young people when they need you most. 

TARGET AUDIENCE

This course has been designed for any professionals that come into contact with children or young people.

COST

£60 for the complete course, including learning materials and Certificate of Attendance.

 

CHILD PROTECTION 7 hours CPD

THE COURSE

Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment, preventing harm and ensuring children can learn and grow in a safe environment, sits at the heart of any organisation that works

with children and young people. This course provides a comprehensive training package for professionals who need knowledge and understanding of child protection theory, and its

application in practice. The course enables participants to contextualise child protection, recognise signs of abuse, appropriately manage concerns and keep children, young people and themselves safe.

COURSE CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

This is a one day course and includes eight sections: Introduction to child protection; attitudes

& values; legislative context; definitions & signs of abuse; developing knowledge and learning lessons from Serious Case Reviews and research; managing concerns and dealing with disclosure; organisational procedures; safer working practice and allegations against adults.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This course has been designed for any professionals that come into contact with children or young people in Scotland. We also offer an alternative version of the course: Safeguarding Children and Young People for delivery to groups in England.

COST

£95 for the complete course, including learning materials and Certificate of Attendance.

 
 

Introduction to Motivational interviewing 7 hours CPD

THE COURSE

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a counselling technique that was originally developed within medical settings to help people with addiction problems (Miller & Rollnick, 2002). It is based on the idea that people are not always in a state of readiness to change their patterns of drinking, smoking, drug use, exercise or diet.

COURSE CONTENT

The spirit of MI

Miller and Rollnick (2002) describe the ‘spirit’ of MI which evolved from their evaluation of MI practice. This is based on three key components:

1. Collaboration

2. Evocation

3. Autonomy

Miller and Rollnick (2002) describe how the principles provide guidance for how to deliver the ‘spirit’ in practice. There are four key principles of MI.

1. Expressing empathy

2. Developing discrepancy

3. Rolling with resistance

4. Supporting self-efficacy

TARGET AUDIENCE

This course has been designed for any professionals that are working with people who want to make changes in their lives.

COST

£95 for the complete course, including learning materials and certificate of attendance.