Social work and social care CPD courses

Our social work and social care short courses offer experienced social workers the stimulating environment and support to develop their practice.

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April 2020


BIA Refresher

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) is a complex scheme and the role of Best Interests Assessor (BIA) is a challenging one. There is a...

Development of psychoanalytic theory: Lecture series

This lunchtime lecture series will offer you a systematic introduction and overview of the development of psychoanalytic theory from Freud to the...

8 Week Mindfulness Course (with added elements of compassion focused therapy and neurobiology)

Mindfulness and Compassion-focussed skills Mindfulness is about purposefully paying attention, in a non-judgemental way, to what is going on in our...

Families and beyond: an introduction to systemic thinking (Online)

We all live our lives in and through our relationships, both past and present, and we are all shaped by the social and cultural contexts in which...

Understanding development – adolescence (Online)

Adolescence is a time of life that is central to our sense of who we are in the world. It is a time of intense emotion, of startling changes, of...


May 2020


Tavistock Trauma Service: External lectures on trauma series

This innovative new series of lectures is organized by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work,...


June 2020


An introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert to work with people with severe and enduring mental health problems, many...

Intermediate motivational interviewing

This intermediate level course is the next step for people who have already received introductory level training in Motivational Interviewing. A...

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of...

Safeguarding Children: Level 3 Training

The objectives of this one-day course are to help professionals involved with safeguarding children to:

Video interaction guidance

The 2 day training course will provide an introduction to Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and its theoretical origins.


September 2020


Working with families with physical illness: a systemic approach

The care and support of children and adults affected by serious physical illness, disability and treatment regimes falls largely to their families.


October 2020


An introduction to working with people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia

This is an introductory course on eating disorders and body dysmorphia, based on a psychodynamic frame of reference.

A Practical Introduction to Neuropsychoanalysis: clinical implications

A Tavistock and Portman and London Neuropsychoanalysis Group workshop, in collaboration with the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of...

A Recovery Approach: Beyond existence and survival

The training is aimed at all professionals working in multi‐disciplinary community based teams (adults and young people) to enable them to develop...

Arrested Development and Facing Arrest: Dual diagnosis and complexity in adults and young people

The one-day workshop will provide participants with a broad knowledge and understanding of the complexities involved in mental health and substance...

Motivational interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centred counselling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change.

Workshops for designated nurses safeguarding children

Since the Victoria Climbe inquiry The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has offered workshops for named and designated health care staff...

Workshops for named child protection professionals

These workshops are intended to develop the skills and understanding of the named professionals working in the complex and demanding field of child...


December 2020


Attachment, Neurodevelopment and Psychopathology

This 3-day course focuses on the development, prevention and treatment of psychological disorder from infancy to adolescence. It weaves together...

Attachment, Psychopathology and Treatment in Adulthood

This 1-day course focuses on using aspects of adult development to enhance treatment of psychological maladaptation of adults and their families...

Neuropsychoanalysis: Clinical Implications

A workshop with Mark Solms


Bespoke courses


Reflective mental health practice today short course

This is a bespoke 10-week short course for mental health nurses, which develops the capacity to understand, process and thoughtfully respond to...


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An introduction to working effectively with gender non-conforming young people

This course provides a comprehensive and up‐to‐date introduction to understanding and supporting children and young people with pressing gender...

Assessing risk: a relational approach

This ten week course offers you an innovative framework for understanding the complex and subtle issues involved in assessing and managing the risk...

Best Interests Assessor (BIA)

The Mental Capacity Act provides a frameworks for decision making for people aged over 16 years who may lack capacity to make some decisions for...

Building Underdeveloped Sensorimotor Systems (BUSS): Innovative methodology for improving sensory processing in children with developmental trauma

Current practice with children who have experienced developmental trauma tends to focus on psychological and relational therapies. Whilst these are...

Couples as parents and parents as couples

Does your work involve contact with children and parents? Do you come across couples who are struggling to parent together? Do you want to...

Video-intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline (VIPP-SD)

We are offering an exciting opportunity for staff from across the children’s workforce to undertake training in the use of this extremely well...

Working with refugee people and their families (D35)

This is the first module of the oldest and longest running course in this field in the UK and aims to assist those working with asylum seeking...


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