Working with children, young people and families CPD courses

Our short courses in this area will develop your capacity for skillful intervention, give you a deeper understanding of the complex difficulties children and families experience and build up your ability for critical reflection and resilience. 

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January 2019


Developing a diverse child and adolescent workforce: an introductory course (CPD64)

Are you a support worker? Are you wondering how to develop your potential? Health Education England is offering free places on a 10-week training...

Disturbing and challenging behaviour: issues for looked after children, young people and their families

This ten week module focuses on children and young people who are looked after, who have been abused and neglected and consequently present with...

International training school in infancy and early years

In conjunction with The Anna Freud Centre (UK) and Yale University Child Study Centre (USA) we have formed a unique collaboration in establishing...

Introduction to psychodynamic and systemic practice applications in work with young people and adults

This course explores a diverse range of practice applications of both psychodynamic and systemic theoretical models to professional work.

Reflective practice group for independent social workers

The work of Independent Social Workers is stressful and emotionally demanding and the emotionally painful dynamics engendered by the work can make...

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 teams and networks under stress

Teams and networks are about relationships. We all function in relation to networks, whether we are part of one, or feel outside and not properly...


February 2019


Eight-Week Mindfulness Course

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a very effective way of training our attention. In our fast-paced world, we are increasingly reacting...

Nurturing Parents: Mindfulness based well-being for parents

The Nurturing Parents Programme (NP) has been developed at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. It is an...

Supervision for staff working in schools and community contexts: working relationally and reflectively

Supervision is a work-based learning relationship, characterised by relating and reflecting. It is a critical component of safe and effective...


March 2019


Course 1: Perinatal Training for Community and Inpatient Perinatal Mental Health Team Managers Leaders

This 3-day course has been developed in line with the perinatal mental health competency framework and will address the complex issues facing...

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...

Safeguarding Children: Level 3 Training

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


April 2019


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

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 2019


Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule administration & coding course

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) is a semi-structured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, and play.

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...

Leadership and management in the public and voluntary sectors: a systemic perspective

In today’s changing and uncertain political and financial climate, a practical and theoretically grounded course in leadership and management...

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...


June 2019


Motivational Interviewing: A tool for change in Criminal Justice Practice

Motivational Interviewing (MI) has its roots in the treatment of substance use problems. It was first developed for use with people who were...

Video interaction guidance

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


September 2019


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 2019


Motivational interviewing

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

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...


Courses you can join at any time


Robust-Ed: Promoting resilience in young people, staff and communities

The Robust-Ed programme focuses on resilience. A particular goal is to enable individuals and teams to recognise that they do not have the capacity...


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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.

Child development research for professionals working with children, young people and families

Many experienced professionals working in health, education and social services settings can feel perplexed when faced with emotional, behavioural...

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...

Course 7: Perinatal Training: Risk assessment and management

Mental health problems affect one in five in women in the perinatal period requiring effective assessment and management to reduce the risk of...

Eight-Week Mindfulness Course

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a very effective way of training our attention. In our fast-paced world, we are increasingly reacting...

Managing, Supervising and Facilitating Groups in The Workplace: A work based discussion group for public and voluntary sector professionals

Are you looking for a regular opportunity to think with others outside your organisation about your work? Do you facilitate groups that 'don't...

Nursing in Mind: Developing psychologically minded approaches to contemporary nursing and its dilemmas

“The nursing service, therefore, bears the full, immediate and concentrated impact of stresses arising from patient care” Menzies Lyth 1959

The task of supervision for child psychotherapists

This course is for qualified child and adolescent psychotherapists who are responsible for supervision in their CAMHS service or in education,...

Understanding couples

This half-day workshop is designed for counsellors and psychotherapists who are concerned with couples in the course of their work and...

Work discussion for graduates of psychoanalytic observational studies

If you have completed work discussion seminars during your postgrad training on Psychoanalytic observational studies (or an equivalent), this is an...

Working with couples

Therapeutic work with couples is an important mode of intervention which is relevant in child, adolescent and adult clinical settings.

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...