Training for Professionals

We provide a wide range of training courses. These range from generic training events, to those developed bespoke for an organisation’s needs. Please see our training and events page for a list of upcoming events.

Training can be delivered across a wide range of topics, and examples of our course outlines are provided below. In addition to the below events, we also offer training in respect of motivational interviewing, mental health (e.g. emerging personality issues), autism spectrum disorders, becoming an effective supervisor and supervisee, and training to be a trainer.


Course outlines

Working with young people who exhibit harmful sexual behaviour

This is a workshop for practitioners who work with people in residential settings. It covers a range of areas such as theories of sexual offending, introduction to risk factors and treatment needs, identifying treatment needs and recommendations for practice.

Contextual risk: understanding risk identification and management

This training will explore the fundamentals of risk management within the context of a residential care environment, including the utility of risk assessment and management, as well as collaborative work with the young person.

Working with cognitive impairments in young people

This training will explore the fundamentals of motivational engagement with a young person, including motivational interviewing, consideration of barriers to their successful engagement in work (e.g. day to day/therapy/assessment engagement), strategies for consideration of and difficulties in a young person engaging successfully.

De-escalation and conflict resolution

This training will introduce methods of de-escalating a critical situation (e.g. aggression in a young person, immediate threats of deliberate self-injury) which may have led in some instances to an individual isolating themselves (e.g. barricade) or threatening others.

Understanding and working with deliberate self-injury in young people

This training event will provide attendees with an introduction to a range of considerations, such as definitional issues associated with deliberate self-injury, risk and protective factors for deliberate self-injury in young people. This looks to complete functional assessments of self-injurious behaviour, providing the knowledge, skills and strategies for managing incidents.

Understanding child sexual exploitation

This workshop is designed for practitioners who work with young people. It aims to raise awareness and understanding, improve professional practice and promote effective partnership working. It looks at the definition of child sexual exploitation, vulnerability factors and recommendations for practice.

Trauma, attachment and building resilience in young people

This is a training event for practitioners who work with young people in residential settings. It covers experiences and life events that contribute to the development of trauma, the role of the care environment. This includes attachment, trauma theory, how young people might present if they have experienced trauma, the process of resilience and how this can be supported.

Understanding radicalisation

This training event will provide an overview of radicalisation based on the latest available evidence. It covers definitions and the nature and development of radicalisation, signs of potential radicalisation, and suggested courses of action.

Working with aggression in young people

This training event is designed for practitioners who work with young people. It explores the development of controlling and aggressive behaviours in young people from an attachment theory perspective, provides strategies to effectively manage such behaviours, and considers the role of the practitioner. There is a focus on building resilience in the practitioner and young person.

Understanding and Managing Trauma: Building Resilience

This training has been developed for staff who work with individuals in residential settings. It covers a range of areas such as definitions of trauma, various reactions to traumatic experiences, staff responses and management of professional boundaries. The training will also explore the ways in which behaviours that occur as a result of trauma can be managed, this will include an overview of trauma informed care. Finally, the training will outline the factors that promote resilience in individuals following the experience of trauma and offer advice of how staff members can maintain their wellbeing when dealing with challenging service users.

Vicarious Trauma

This a workshop for practitioners who support people who have experienced traumatic events. For example, people who work with victims of historical abuse and neglect. It covers a range of areas including what vicarious trauma is; how to identify it; the factors which can cause it; and what steps can be taken to manage it.


Expectations of training delivery

We aim to ensure all training is delivered in a manner that meets your expectations. To this end, all training will:

Have a developed research/theoretical background that is up to date and relevant;
Be delivered by experienced trainers, and whose quality of delivery is continually reviewed;
Be delivered in a manner that is of value and accessible;
Have practical application when required, where attendees are able to develop new skills, or enhance those already present.


Trainer’s profiles

Trainers within our organisation are carefully selected. All have a previous background in extensive training delivery nationally and/or internationally. We pride ourselves not only in offering trainers who have extensive knowledge in the area of the training topic, but who are also specifically trained in effective training delivery. Often these trainers have published in the topic of training delivery and/or have extensive publication backgrounds that are relevant.


What previous trainees say about our training

We always ensure that training events are evaluated. This can include a traditional reflection on training immediately after the event, or more substantial evaluation dependent upon the training need. Yet, some immediate reflections from attendees at events would include:

“I enjoyed how the facilitator incorporated theory and models in to practice”

“Good use of methods of delivery and engagement of the group”

“Lots of information and very well presented. Interactive sections were valuable and made you think about the issues/indicators relating to this subject”

“The knowledge and passion of the person presenting – had credibility”

“Trainer was brilliant”