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The Supporting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools package is made up of 5 individual courses. Each course has been designed and written by Alison Waterhouse. Alison has worked with the Anna Freud Centre, Young Minds, Optimus and is an Independent SEND and Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor for schools. She is a qualified Educational Psychotherapist and has her own independent practice in East Sussex where she supports CYP, their families and schools.

Mental Health and Wellbeing in children and young people.

We know that 695,000 children and young people in the UK between the ages of 5-16 have a significant mental illness: 39,000 children are affected by anxiety, 18,900 are affected by ADHD, 10,800 are affected by depression, 68,100 are affected with a conduct disorder. 41,921 CYP were hospitalised (2014) for self-harm, and the rate of suicide in our CYP has hit an all-time high (Public Health England). It is estimated that at least three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health issue.

The Supporting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools package has been designed to provide school staff with the practical tools and strategies they need to help improve the outcomes for CYP. It develops knowledge and understanding in the 5 key areas that influence positive mental health and wellbeing:

• Relationships,
• Emotional literacy,
• Sense of self,
• The brain learning and behaviour,
• Skills for learning.

It enables practioners to develop individual practice and support schools develop an environment and whole school practice that supports the development of positive foundations for mental health and wellbeing in their CYP.

The courses are ideal for those who work with children in primary, secondary or college settings, such as teachers, teaching assistants, ELSA’s, SENCO’s, behaviour support staff, school counsellors, wellbeing leads and school leaders.

Online training:

Online training offers a wide variety of benefits including:

• Flexibility to study when it suits you.
• Cost effective.
• Enabling the sharing of ideas and learning with others through the online forums.
• Supporting information retention.
• Enabling progress tracking and feedback.
• Easy and accessible.
• Engaging learners with a range of graphics, videos and support from their online trainer.

ALL courses are CPD accredited and supported by an experienced and qualified online coach. Each course is equivalent to 20 hours of CPD and has a selection of tasks for the practitioner to undertake with the help of their coach. Some of these tasks are focused on self-development others may be linked to ways to support whole school development.

To read about the objectives and course content for the online courses please click here: Mental Health and Wellbeing - Online training portal

The training is suitable for all teaching professionals and support staff who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding about ways to support Mental Health and Wellbeing of the CYP they work with in schools settings.

Each course is supported by a book full of resources and activities for teachers to use in the classroom KS1-KS3. To read about the Mental Health and Wellbeing Teachers Toolkit click here: Mental Health and Wellbeing Teacher Toolkit

Courses start from as little as £89.00 per course.

If you would like to discuss the course further then please contact alisonwaterhouse@circlesforlearning.co.uk she will be delighted to go through the course and answer any questions that people may have.