Training

TaMHS training - ​2020 to 2021

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. 

​DatesWednesdays ​3 March and 17 March 2021
​Time​9:30 to 11:00
​Location​Virtual online training
​Cost​£49
​Details

​This online introduction of 2 x 90 minute sessions will give participants an awareness of:

  • What Protective Behaviours is
  • 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
​Book on Protective Behaviours
​Date​Thursday 21 January 2021
​Time​9:30 to 12:00
​LocationVirtual webinar
​Cost​£41
​Details

​This webinar 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
​Book on this training
​Date​Tuesday 20 April 2021
​Time​10:00 to 11:30
​Location​Virtual webinar
​Cost​£33
​Details

​This webinar 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
​Book on this training
​Date​Wednesdays 21 April and 12 May 2020
​TIme​9:30 to 12:30
​LocationVirtual online training
​Cost​£60
​Details

​This online training over two sessions aims to enable school staff to:

  • Identify early signs that could suggest a child is being exposed to domestic abuse
  • Understand the psychological, social and emotional impact of domestic abuse on children and parents
  • Know about best practice in supporting children and their families and gain information about agencies offering support for domestic abuse
​Book on this training

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

​Date​Tuesdays 23 February and 9 March 2021
​Time​9:30 to 12:30
​LocationVirtual online training
​Cost​£75
​Details

​​This online training over two sessions aims to enable school staff to:

  • Facilitate the ARC 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
​Book on this training

​Due to the impact of Covid-19, Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service will not be offering any Solihull Training this year. If you would like to access this training please visit the Solihull Approach website.

They will be offering the following training virtually:

2 Day Foundation training

  • 7 and 21 October 2020
  • 5 and 19 November 2020
  • 1 and 15 December 2020

A resource pack will be needed for this training, which delegates would need to order depending upon the age group that they work with:

  • Antenatal Resource pack: £75.00
  • First Five Years book: £77.00
  • School Years book: £76.00

Parenting Group Facilitator training

  • 20 October 2020
  • 25 November 2020

A Parenting group Facilitator Manual, which costs £91.00, will be needed for each delegate.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service will not be offering any in-person local ‘drawing and talking’ training this year. If you would like to access this training on-line, then please visit the Drawing and Talking website.

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.

​Date​Wednesday 27 January 2021
​Time​1:30 to 2:45 pm
​LocationWebinar via Zoom
​Cost​Free
​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 revise 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
​Book on this webinar

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 on-line, 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

Schools will need to purchase their own resources to deliver these programmes.

  • Apples Friends: £250 +pp
  • Zippy’s Friends & Passport: £325 +pp

Once initial materials have been purchased, subsequently consumables per class cost:

  • £60 +pp for Apple’s Friends
  • £150 +pp for Zippy’s Friends

Booking a course

To access centralised training in any of the virtual courses above, please visit:

See our TaMHS conference page for more information on how to book onto this school years event.

Please email us at the following email address if you need any further assistance or information:

 tamhs@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk