Training

Due to the current and ongoing public health crisis, TaMHS and Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service have decided to make all training opportunities virtual for this academic year.

Training courses

Click on the courses below to find out more details about each session and information on how to book. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the training brochure below.

​A cognitive behavioural approaches programme to promote resilience and coping skills in children and young people.

​Date​Time​Venue​Cost
​Tuesday 9 and 23 November 20219:30am to 12:30pm​Online event​£80 for two sessions

Details

We know that research into promoting and developing resilience shows that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps children and young people cope better with challenges in their lives. The Northamptonshire EPS have therefore written a programme for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students, underpinned by cognitive behavioural approaches, which aims to:

  • Teach life skills for coping with challenging situations
  • Normalise states of emotional distress, and develop self-regulation and self-soothing skills.
  • Build positive social networks and role models, and teach constructive peer relationship skills, tus reducing bullying
  • Improve attitudes to learning and academic performance

This programme can be delivered at the universal level or to small groups.

Purpose

This online training aims to enable school staff to:

  • Facilitate this programme within their educational settings.
  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of the programme including the cognitive behavioural therapy model and the relationship between risk and preventative factors and resilience.
  • Identify the skills needed to run the programme within their setting.

All staff who attend this training will receive a PDF of session plans including resources that can be used in each session, which will enable them to deliver the programme. They will also be signposted to other resources that will further support the implementation of the programme.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support staff who work with all children and young people, and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

How to book

Book on Activating Resilience and Coping (ARC)

​How to meet the challenge of helping them learn to stay safe.

​DateTime​Venue​Cost​
​Wednesday 1 December 2021​9:30am to 12:30pm​Online event​£52

Details

Adolescence is a time of major transition from childhood to adulthood, and a time of striking changes in the brain, with huge reorganisation and restructuring alongside development of more advanced functions. In fact, the brain doesn’t function or look like an adult brain until the early 20s. 

Advances in brain imaging using MRI scans now tell us that adolescence features a second ‘wave’ of brain growth and provides an opportunity to re-wire the brain dependent on learning. Along with huge changes in hormone levels and brain chemistry, adolescent brain research has much to tell us about how young adults learn, socialise and behave, and the best ways to keep them motivated and keep them safe.

Purpose

This half-day training seeks to provide participants with:

  • A foundation in human brain development and brain function
  • A greater understanding of how adolescent brains change and develop
  • Awareness of adolescent skills, abilities and vulnerabilities due to brain changes
  • Knowledge around risk taking and reward, thinking about how to keep adolescents safe
  • Practical ideas about what we can do to support adolescent brain development and how to engage and motivate young people in learning

Who is this this course for?

This course is aimed at any professionals who work with adolescents and want to learn more about how they can support them.

How to book
Book on Adolescent Brains

​Date​TimeVenue​​Cost
​Wednesday 20 April 2022​10am to 12noon​Online event​£35

Details

Anxiety is a natural feeling we all experience from time to time which can be useful when we face new or stressful situations. It can be our body’s way of preparing us to face a challenge by releasing a hormone called adrenaline which causes an alert and ready to react response sometimes known as ‘fight or flight’. All children and young people can get anxious and this is a normal as they grow up to develop their survival skills. However sometimes Anxiety can occur too often and at the wrong time and this may affect a child’s everyday life, development and relationships.

Recent research suggests that as many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their lives, this means that up to 5 people in a class may be living with higher levels of anxiety, whether that be OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), social anxiety and shyness, exam stress, worry or panic attacks.

Purpose

This half-day training aims to enable school staff to: 

  • Understand that anxiety can be adaptive and part of the normal development of children and young people.
  • Know that anxiety has cognitive, physiological and behavioural components.
  • Be aware of ways to support children experiencing higher levels of anxiety and where further help and resources can be accessed.

Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at professionals working with children and young people in a range of settings.

How to book

Book on Anxiety: What do you do with it?
​Date​Time​Venue​Cost
​Wednesday 24 November 2021​9:30 am to 12:30pm​Online event​£52
​Wednesday 9 March 2022​9:30 am to 12:30pm​Online event​£52

Details

Emotional Regulation is an essential process for all children, helping them to be in a brain state for learning. The pressures of 21st Century living have increased the prevalence of anxiety in children, which is transferred to their lived experience in school, where we may experience their behaviour as angry outbursts or ‘inappropriate responses.’ As educators and carers of children we can understand what is happening in their brains and bodies and model a range of techniques that children can use in order to improve their emotional regulation.

Purpose

This online training aims to enable participants to become aware of: 

  • The importance of co-regulating emotions with children, as in a healthy attachment.
  • The relationship between the brain, feelings and the body.
  • The importance of labelling feelings and recognising when children don’t feel safe.
  • Techniques to help regulate feelings with children using the 7 points of Relax Kids.
  • Ways of helping those children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  • Mindfulness and other techniques to use with children 
  • What might go into the box?

Emotional Regulation Toolkits can be used in the home, across the whole school, with whole classes, with small groups and with individual children.

How to book

Book on Emotional Regulation Toolkit (November 2021)Book on Emotional Regulation Toolkit (March 2022)
Date​Time​Venue​​Cost
​Tuesday 18 January 2022​9:30am to 12noon​Online event​£44

Details

This session serves to help schools prepare for the unwelcome but possible occurrence of a critical or tragic event happening at school or within the school community and adversely affecting the school. Unfortunately, incidents such as a child / student / staff death or other sudden tragic events affecting the school community traumatically, can happen when we least expect it.

In our experience of supporting schools, the benefits of being prepared to ensure the best possible response to supporting the school community have been found to greatly enhance positive outcomes.

Purpose

This half-day training session will introduce participants to:

  • Guidance materials which consider the need for addressing necessary organisational structures, communication issues and need for psychological support for those experiencing distress. 
  • The focus of interventions that help the school to cope with the impact of a critical incident.
  • Strategies and approaches which help to bring the school back to normal routines and functioning as quickly as possible.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for anyone within the school community who already has, or is considering having a role in taking a lead in an incident or supporting staff and / or students following an incident.

How to book

Book on Critical Incidents: How can schools be prepared?
Date​Time​​VenueCost​
​Tuesday 12 October 2021​9:30am to 12noon​Online event​£44

Details

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child acknowledges the family as the fundamental unit of society. It stresses the role of parents as the primary care-givers with responsibility for the up-bringing of their children and obliges governments to support parents in fulfilling their essential role.

Why is it important to understand Emotional Wellbeing in younger children?

It is a common misperception that infants and toddlers are too young to remember or be impacted by domestic violence, but the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study tells us that what happens early in life matters. Research in neuroscience (brain and nervous system) tells us that infants and toddlers are most vulnerable, because trauma that occurs during this stage impacts a child’s well-being.

Studies show that far from watching passively, children experience the abuse with all of their senses entire system, including those systems that help infants build capacity for self regulation. A quarter (25%) of children in high-risk domestic abuse households are under 3 years old. On average, high-risk abuse has been going on for 2.6 years, meaning these children are living with abuse for most of their life 2. Research has shown that infants as younger as one year old can experience trauma symptoms as a result of witnessing domestic violence (Bogat, G.A., 2005). Children’s age and developmental stage is a vital factor often not taken into account by mainstream services, particularly with children under three.

Delegates will

  • Develop an understanding of what healthy emotional development looks like in younger children
  • Develop an understanding of factors that can help and hinder healthy emotional development in younger children
  • Develop an understanding that adult emotional availability is pivotal to younger children’s emotional health
  • Develop an understanding of disrupted care and likely effect on younger children: may become anxious; may complain of tummy-aches or start to wet their bed; may include eating problems, sleep disturbances, lack of normal responsiveness to others, difficulty going to sleep, have temper tantrums and start to behave as if they are much younger than they are. They may also find it difficult to separate when they start nursery or school.
  • Have practical guidance on how early years settings, child minders and schools can create nurturing environments that support emotional well-being (e.g. nurturing relationships, kindness, fun, safe spaces, key adults, Educational Psychology Service).
  • Increase their knowledge of effective techniques for enhancing emotional well-being e.g. EPS EY SEMH project; The Solihull Approach; Emotion Coaching – using CONNECT model for younger children; ELSA
  • Highlight how working in partnership with families strengthens emotional well-being

Purpose

For teachers and support staff working with children in Early Years, Reception or Year 1, this course is aimed at developing understanding of factors for healthy emotional development in younger children and strategies for enhancing this.

How to book

Book on Early Years Emotional Wellbeing
​DateTime​Venue​Cost​
​Thursday 3 February 2022​9:30am to 12noon​Online event
​£44

Details

Executive Functions (EF) help us to complete a task, filter distractions, resist inappropriate or non-productive impulses, and sustain attention during a particular activity. We use them to set goals and plan ways to meet them, assess our progress along the way, and adjust the plan if necessary, whilst managing emotions, such as frustration. These skills are important for all of us to be able to respond to the demands of everyday life, and are hugely important for learning.

Purpose

The session’s objectives:

  • To develop an understanding of what EF is and why they are important
  • To understand why and who are most vulnerable to having EF difficulties
  • To find out about activities and strategies you can use in school to improve children’s EF and as a result their readiness to learn

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support staff who work with all children and young people, and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

How to book

Book on Executive Functioning
​DateTime​​VenueCost​
​Tuesday 1 March 2022​9:30am to 12noon​Online event​£44

Details

Action for Happiness- a movement for positive social change, with the goal of happiness for everyone- have reviewed the latest research from psychology and related fields considering what influences our levels of happiness. Everyone's path to happiness is different, but the evidence suggests that there are some commonalities in what can help us to experience greater levels of happiness.

Action for Happiness have brought together this research to develop the ‘Ten Keys for Happier Living’ all of which consistently have a positive impact on people's happiness and well-being.

Purpose

This training aims to: 

  • Provide an overview of the ‘Ten Keys for Happier Living’ based on the ‘GREAT DREAM’ model by Action for Happiness.
  • Provide information about the Keys to Happier Living Toolkit for Primary Schools (KS2).

How to book

Book on Keys to Happier Living
​DateTime​Venue​​Cost
​Tuesday 1 February 2022​9:30am to 12noon​Online event​£44

Details
LEGO® Based Therapy is a highly structured evidence based intervention, aimed at developing the social communication skills of children aged 5 to14 from a variety of backgrounds. The intervention draws on the predictability and interest of LEGO®, allowing for an adult to facilitate problem solving and social communication learning. In LEGO® Based Therapy, social skills are learnt and practiced from peers within an environment which mimics real life, overcoming a key limitation on many social interventions.

The training in Northamptonshire was developed and is delivered by our Educational Psychologists who have substantial research and practical expertise within the intervention. It has been designed to focus on how this clinical intervention can be successfully implemented in a school environment and be accessible to school staff.

Purpose

This training is underpinned by an evidence based approach ensuring a better chance of witnessing the benefits which include:

  • Shared Attention
  • Collaboration
  • Listening
  • Social Communication
  • Shared Enjoyment

Training Overview:

  • An understanding of the underlining theories and principles
  • Training on peer-led adult facilitation
  • Practical applications and setting up in school
  • Identification and monitoring progress
  • Intervention fidelity
  • Unique resources created for successfully implementing in school.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support staff who work with all children and young people, and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

How to book

Book on Lego-based Therapy - An introduction
​DateTime​Venue​Cost​
​Tuesday 15 March 2022​9:30 am to 12noon​Online event​£44

Details
Every child has the right to be involved in decisions made about them as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and numerous other sources of law and guidance. Involving the child in decisions about them as well as the process of changing their own behaviours enhances their sense of autonomy, competence and belonging; increases their motivation and contributes to positive emotional well being.

Using psychological theory and techniques including Personal Construct Psychology and Solution Focused Approaches, this session will help practitioners to understand and gain the child’s perspective of a particular situation, thus enabling them to share their views.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support staff who work with all children and young people, and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

How to book

Book on Listening to Children
​DateTime​Venue​Cost​
​Tuesday 10 May 2022​9:30am to 11:30am​Online event​£35

Details

Change is a normal part of everyday life and can provide opportunities for personal growth and development of sense of self-efficacy and resilience. Whilst it can be a time of great excitement and opportunity, for some children and young people school transitions can be really difficult. As a result, they can have a negative impact on wellbeing and academic achievement.

Northamptonshire EPS have developed a four session programme to support this transfer which is specifically designed to be delivered by Year 6 Class Teachers. This programme recommends a range of activities with pupils including group discussion, written work and practical tasks. Through the programme, pupils are encouraged to reflect on their strengths and achievements and to capture their important memories of primary school. The sense of loss they may experience in leaving their friends, staff and the familiarity of their previous school is normalised alongside their worries and the sense of excitement they may feel about starting a new school.

The implications and effects of COVID 19 are also highlighted and recognised. Coping strategies are explored and pupils are encouraged to find out facts about their new secondary school and to identify a network of support to reduce their potential anxieties. The webinar explains the rationale and research behind the programme, psychoeducational information and lesson content.

Purpose
The 2-hour webinar aims to provide staff with:

  • An understanding of potential difficulties that come with transitions
  • An understanding of the research into transitions and rationale behind the transition programme
  • Knowledge and skills to deliver the programme to support pupils with a more successful transition.

Staff who attend the session will receive all resources required to deliver the programme.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support staff who work with all children and young people, and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

How to book

Book on Promoting Positive Transitions for Year 6 to Secondary School
​DateTime​Venue​​Cost
​Tuesday 12 October 2021​9:30am to 11:30am​Online event​£35
​Tuesday 17 May 2022​9:30am to 11:30am​Online event​£35
Details

Change is a normal part of everyday life and can provide opportunities for personal growth and development of sense of self-efficacy and resilience. Whilst it can be a time of great excitement and opportunity, for some children and young people, school transitions can be really difficult. As a result, they can have a negative impact on their wellbeing and academic achievement. Research has shown it can take the duration of Year 7 to settle into their new school and adjust to their new environment and routines. Bridging the gap between primary and secondary schools and providing a continuation of support into secondary is also key.

Northamptonshire EPS have developed a four-session programme to support this transfer which is specifically designed to be delivered by Year 7 Class Teachers to help their students settle into Secondary School. This programme recommends a range of activities with pupils including group discussion, written work and practical tasks. This programme can help tutors build rapport and get to know their students whilst allowing the class to get know each other better through the group tasks. Students are encouraged to reflect on their strengths and achievements and to capture their important memories of primary school. The sense of loss they may experience in leaving their friends, staff and the familiarity of their previous school is normalised alongside their worries and the sense of excitement they may feel about starting their new school.

The implications and effects of COVID 19 are also highlighted and recognised. Coping strategies are explored and pupils are encouraged to find out facts about their new secondary school and to identify a network of support to reduce their potential anxieties. The webinar explains the rationale and research behind the programme, psychoeducational information and lesson content.

Purpose

The two hour webinar aims to provide staff with:

  • An understanding of potential difficulties that come with transitions
  • An understanding of the research into transitions and rationale behind the transition programme 
  • Knowledge and skills to deliver the programme to support pupils with a more successful transitiom

Staff who attend the session will receive all resources required to deliver the programme. 

Who is this course for

This course is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support staff who work with all children and young people, and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

How to book

Book on Promoting Positive Transitions for Year 7 (October 2021)

Book on Promoting Positive Transitions for Year 7 (May 2022)

​Date​Time​Venue​Cost
​Thursday 18 November 2021​9:30am to 12noon​Online event​£44

Details

This half day workshop is an initial exploration into promoting wellbeing for ourselves at work. We will start by reflecting upon the factors that impact upon public service professionals and the interplay between these and our personal wellbeing.  In the second part we will take a look at several approaches to promoting our own wellbeing and use a reflective tool to analyse our personal situation. During the morning there will be time to share your thoughts, plan ahead and learn some relaxation techniques.

This workshop is a pre-cursor to the tailor-made development programme the EPS can design for staff teams and organisations who are addressing staff wellbeing as part of their service development plan. It is suitable for both individuals or small groups and will be an enjoyable session in a safe space with professionals from similar working environments.

Purpose

This half-day training aims to enable staff to:

  • Recognise the potential impact of our work on staff well-being
  • Reflect on stress, anxiety and compassion fatigue
  • Learn about factors that promote positive mental health and emotional well-being
  • Explore some resources that support staff both as individuals and as a whole team
  • Consider how your organisation could further promote staff well-being in the future

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at professionals working in education, health and care.

How to book
Book on Promoting Staff Wellbeing

Date​Time​​Venue​Cost
​Tuesday 16 November and 30 November 2021​9:30am to 11am​Online event
​£52 for two sessions
​Thursday 10 February and 24 February 2022​9:30am to 11am​Online event​£52 for two sessions

Details

Protective Behaviours is a practical approach to working with children regardless of their ability. It has been used in different areas of life including; safeguarding, restorative justice, PSHE, anxiety management, deliberate self-harm, various mental health and emotional issues and as an empowering process for adults and children. It is important for staff working with children, to know where and when we feel safe and what to do when we don’t feel safe. It can form a vital part of our own wellbeing and mental health, knowing when to seek help from others. It has been used in many Northamptonshire schools since the beginning of this century.

Purpose
This online introduction of two 90 minute sessions will give participants an awareness of:

  • What is Protective Behaviours?
  • Who Protective Behaviours is for and how it has been used.
  • Feeling safe and what this means, especially during COVID-19.
  • The two themes of Protective Behaviours and Early Warning Signs.
  • How Protective Behaviours can be used with children in their setting, networks and strategies.
  • Some resources to use in school.
  • The benefits of the Foundation Training Course and how to access it online.

Protective Behaviours is one of the Building Blocks for Mentally Healthy Schools at the Essential Foundations Level within the Northamptonshire TaMHS Programme.

How to book

Book on Protective Behaviours - An introduction (November 2021)Book on Protective Behaviours - An introduction (February 2022)
​DateTime​​Venue​Cost
​Tuesday 19 October 2021​9:30 am to 11:30 am​Online event​£35

Details

Restorative Approaches are all about building relationships and underpinned by values of empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibilities and mutual accountability (Hull, 2012). Practicing RA in school is inspired by the philosophy and practices of restorative justice, which values and focusses on repairing the harm done to relationships and people over and above the need for blame and punishment. It is not a one-off intervention but an ethos.

A whole school restorative approach is seen as one which embeds the restorative values and principles within teaching, learning, interacting and working together on a daily basis. RA can make schools safer, happier places for staff and pupils through creating a culture of inclusion, improving relationships and a greater sense of belonging. They enhance emotional literacy and enable a forward thinking, problem solving, community focused, peaceful process for resolving conflict.

Purpose

This two hour session will give participants an awareness of:

  • What are Restorative Approaches?
  • The benefits of implementing Restorative Approaches in school
  • How your school can embed Restorative Approaches

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support staff who work with all children and young people, and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

How to book

Book on Restorative Approaches Awareness session
​Date​Time​Venue​Cost
​Thursday 4 November 2021​1:00 pm to 3:00 pm​Online event​£35
​Wednesday 4 May 2022​1:00 pm to 3:00 pm​Online event​£35

Details
This seminar is to enable practitioners who have completed the 2-day Foundation course:

  • To consider any challenges arising in their day to day role (including from Covid 19)
  • To review and apply the Solihull Approach model 
  • To engage in a confidentially facilitated group process that utilises the perspectives of the group to find ways forward

How to book
Book on Solihull Approach in Action (November 2021)

Book on Solihull Approach in Action (May 2022)
​Date​Time​Venue​Cost
​Thursday 3 March 2022​9:30am to 12noon​Online event​£44

Details

The aims of this course are to give delegates a brief insight into attachment theory, in conjunction with implications for learning. The primary aim of attachment behaviour is to feel safe, so let’s help children and young people in care to feel safe! We will be exploring a variety of practical strategies to help support children and young people in care across the age range (pre-school to secondary and post 16) that you can put into practice straight away.

These will include anxiety reduction, the “5 Golden Rules” for Shame Busting, developing a relationship through task, Shared Attention, Matching Affect and PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy). Suitable resources will also be suggested, together with the overarching message that due to the neuroplasticity of the brain, as well as providing a safe haven at school for children and young people in care, there is indeed hope for improved life chances. YOU can make a difference!

Purpose
This workshop will enable professionals who work with children and young people in any key stage to:

  • Explore attachment theory and what this means for our Children in Care.
  • Understand how a lack of secure attachment may contribute towards feeling unsafe and what behaviours you may see in the classroom or setting.
  • Consider ways to support children and young people in care within the school environment in order to help them feel safe, thereby enhancing their life chances. (Difficulties experienced are likely to become more complex with age and especially if some areas of need are not met.)
  • Have hope that they can make a difference.

Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support staff who work with all children and young people, and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

How to book

Book on Top Tips for school staff of Children in Care

Recommended externally sourced training

Foundation training

‘Drawing and talking’ is an experiential rather than theory based training programme designed for anyone working with children, young people or adults who may be suffering from trauma or poor mental health. Participants learn how to put this simple technique into practice including how to get started, how to run a session and how to deal with common problems which can arise. The training also aims to enable participants to:

  • Understand the importance of giving pupils time and space to draw and talk in the presence of a supportive and attentive adult
  • Know how to use the process to help children who are struggling to process difficult emotions and possibly displaying worrying behaviour
  • Know where further help and resources can be accessed
  • Experience on the training day how to deliver a session online

Upon completion of your online training day, you will have everything you need to implement drawing and talking within your school setting, online and offline.

Advanced training

This training enables adults to gain a greater understanding of the therapeutic nature of the work involved and to be able to apply it in a variety of situations, including groups and sand play. Questions can be asked about current work you are doing 1:1 with children, building and affirming the skills already learnt in foundation training.

The advanced training also aims to enable participants to:

  • Review the process of Drawing and Talking (Foundation Level)
  • Learn how to use Drawing and Talking with small groups of children
  • Evaluate the progress of pupils using this process
  • Access support/advice in running group interventions

Upon completion of your online training day, you will have everything you need to implement drawing and talking within your school setting, online and offline.

Professionals must have completed the foundation training in order to access the advanced training.

Further Information

More information can be found at the Drawing and Talking website.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service will not be offering any in-person local ‘Zippy’s Friends’, ‘Apple’s Friends’ or ‘Passport’ training this year. If you would like to access this training online, then please visit the Partnership for Children website, as they will be offering dates in November and December.

Zippy's Friends, Apples Friends and Passport are evidence-based international programmes for teaching primary school children social and coping skills. Developed by 'Partnership for Children', they are engaging mental health promotion programmes which are suitable for children of all abilities.

Zippy's Friends

Zippy’s Friends teaches children aged 5 to 7 years old (years 1 or 2) how to cope with everyday difficulties, to identify and talk about their feelings and to explore ways of dealing with them through using role-play, drawing and discussion activities and games, and stories featuring characters of a similar age: Tig, Leela, Sandy, Jill and Tommy – as well as Zippy, a stick-insect.

The programme covers themes: feelings, communication, friendship, solving problems, changes, and moving forward. It also encourages children to help other people with their problems. The programme is based on extensive research and has been evaluated in many countries. It has also been endorsed by the World Health Organisation and national governments.

Apple's Friends 

Apple’s Friends builds on what has been taught in Zippy’s Friends and is suitable for children aged 7 to 9 years (years 3 or 4).

The programme covers themes similar to those in Zippy’s Friends. The activities in Apple’s Friends give children the chance to practise and develop effective coping and social skills. Once again, there are role-play, drawing and discussion activities and games, and stories featuring the same characters; but this time with Apple the hamster. However, in Apple’s Friends sessions, children have to contribute more of their own ideas – particularly when it comes to the stories. These are unfinished, and the class decides how each story ends.

Passport 

Passport is for 9 to 11 year olds (years 5 or 6).The programme is based on the same theory as Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends – the Concept of Coping – but looks quite different. It consists of 17 sessions and covers the following themes: emotions, relationships, difficult situations, change and loss and fairness, justice and what is right.

Engaging comic strip stories follow the adventures of Olya and Milo as they discover a secret world of fantastical creatures in the company of their friend, Elly the dragon. Children develop their own positive strategies to deal with problems through engaging activities: reading the comic strips, discussion, role-play and games. They use the colourful game board to find as many solutions as possible. There are also Home Activities to reinforce learning at home with the family.

Further information

More information can be found at Partnership for Children website.

​Protective Behaviours (PBs) provides a framework for personal safety, self-esteem, resilience and confidence building. PBs is for anyone who lives and/or works with children, young people, or adults. 

While the Northamptonshire TaMHS Programme provides an in county one day Introductory course, Protective Behaviours Foundation is a  two day course which covers this approach in greater depth, including the five elements of the PB process and provides opportunities to experience the seven strategies in action. Attending a two day course provides individuals with an opportunity to develop their knowledge of Protective Behaviours and build confidence in applying it, while also helping to identify areas for future development.

More Information can be found on the Protective Behaviours Website.

​A nationally recognised and locally endorsed theoretical approach to working practically with children of school age and their parents or carers.

The Solihull Approach focuses attention on promoting the emotional wellbeing and mental health in infants, children, adolescents and families. It draws on psychodynamic theories, child development, including attachment and behaviourism, and brings them together in a practical way. The model integrates the concepts of Containment; Reciprocity & Behaviour Management.

Solihull Foundation Training 

The ‘Solihull Approach’ enables people to recognise how behaviour is a sign of the extent to which both children and adults feel understood and able to deal with their emotions at that time. For example, when feeling overwhelmed and not understood, many people are likely to behave in ways that get noticed. Use of the approach enhances relationships between staff and children; and staff and parents: as well as between colleagues.

Solihull Parent Group Facilitator Training

Solihull Approach Parenting Group is designed for families with children age 0 to 18 years. Groups, for parents and carers, are usually run in the following age ranges: approx. 0 to 4 years; 5 to 11 years; 12 to 18 years.

The aim of the group is to promote understanding of children’s behaviour within the context of their developmental age and issues; to increase confidence and self-esteem in both parent and child; to develop a framework for thinking about parent/child relationships, which can be developed into a life-long skill.  It gives parents and carers strategies for repair when things go wrong; promotes reciprocity in parent/child relationships, alongside reflective, sensitive and effective parenting.

More information can be found at The Solihull Approach website.

Contact us

Please email us if you need any further assistance or information:

tamhs.ncc@northnorthants.gov.uk