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We’re delighted to announce our new course Senior Mental Health Lead training: a whole school approach which has been assured for grant-funded training from the Department for Education. Book your place today.

Senior Mental Health Lead training: a whole school approach

 

Course overview

This programme has been assured for DfE grant-funded senior mental health lead training.

‘Senior Mental Health Lead training: a whole school approach’ will help you develop knowledge and understanding of both the universality and the complexity of mental wellbeing. By the end of the course, you will have developed a personalised plan that will allow you to influence, promote and embed a whole school or college approach to positive mental health and wellbeing.

Our programme will enable senior leads to champion and create workable systems through the provision of planning and audit tools. These practical tools guide participants to develop a proactive approach to mental health and wellbeing and provide frameworks for monitoring and evaluation.

You can book a Department for Education-funded place on our Senior Mental Health Lead training programme. If you’d like to book a funded place on our course, please follow these steps:

  1. 1. Check the eligibility of your school or college on the Department for Education’s terms and conditions.
  2. 2. Complete the DfE grant funding form.
  3. 3. Once your application is approved, return here to book your place.

Why study with our Digital Academy?

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has been at the forefront of exploring mental health and wellbeing for over 100 years. We bring our extensive experience to this programme as the only NHS mental health clinic currently assured by the DfE for grant-funded Senior Mental Health Lead training, and the only NHS Trust to be registered as a Higher Education Provider by The Office for Students. This means your learning will be grounded in practice and real life application. With our Digital Academy, we have made our training accessible and available to everyone to explore in your own time, at your own pace.

 

What's included?

Our Senior Mental Health Lead training programme comprises four five-hour courses, offering a blend of online learning and live group discussion, which can be accessed at a time that suits you. The four courses are currently only available as part of this bundle.

Each course includes five hours of online learning, which will cover the eight principles outlined in Public Health England’s whole school or college approach to promoting mental health and wellbeing. Within each online course, you will be able to select a date to join a live online group session of senior leads, giving you the chance to contextualise the key concepts to your own setting, and take part in collaborative exercises and discussions with your peers.

The online courses can be taken at a time and pace that suits you, while the live group sessions will apply this learning and offer you the opportunity to connect with colleagues and develop a personalised plan for your whole school approach.

 

How does it work?

This programme runs continuously. You can book a place at any time using our secure ‘MyTAP’ booking system, and access to the four courses begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.

Throughout this programme, you will:

  • Explore key concepts through interactive lecture content and videos
  • Deepen your understanding via opportunities for reflection
  • Consider expert case interviews that give practical advice and will help apply the theory to your work
  • Connect with your peers to discuss your learnings and apply them to your own workplace setting.

Each course provides a model of ‘reflect, plan, do, review’ and offers specific tools which you can use in your work, and each live seminar extends the opportunity for reflection and evaluation with peers and expert practitioners.

 

Aims and learning objectives

Our Senior Mental Health Lead training programme will develop your skills to embed a whole school culture of positive mental health and wellbeing. The programme addresses the challenge presented by the need for universal and targeted solutions, internal system and culture change and working alongside other services and professionals.

This programme will enable you to champion and create workable systems and structures through the provision of planning and audit tools. These practical tools guide you to develop a proactive approach and provide structures and frameworks for monitoring and evaluation.

On completion of the course, you will have been given the tools and support to develop a tailored plan for how you will promote and embed a sustainable whole school or college approach to positive mental health and wellbeing.

We aim to inspire participants to feel empowered to drive this agenda and create happier and healthier schools and colleges for our children, young people and staff.

 

Course topics

This programme consists of four courses:

    • Understanding and Identifying Mental Health Needs in Schools
    • Whole School and Targeted Interventions to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • Working in Partnership with Students and Parents/Carers
    • Leading and Managing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

You will learn how to:

  • Implement a process to identity those who may need additional support relating to mental health and wellbeing
  • Work with others to understand the mental health and wellbeing issues that could be impacting on a pupil’s access and engagement with school so that they can plan appropriate support
  • Review whole school policies and systems to address inequalities and improve access and engagement with school
  • Implement and evaluate the effectiveness of mental health and wellbeing support at all levels of the school community
  • Identify when local mental health services will be indicated to support specific pupils
  • Develop effective plans to involve, engage and empower students and their families into your whole-school approach
  • Devise and apply an audit and implementation plan.
 

Who is this course for?

This Beginner-level programme is best suited for individuals who have recently been designated as Senior Mental Health Leads in their setting, or have completed some mental health leadership training and are looking to consolidate their learning. The programme is suitable for Senior Mental Health Leads from all settings, including primary schools and middle deemed primary, secondary schools and middle deemed secondary, special schools, colleges including sixth form and further education colleges, and alternative provision settings.

If you’re not sure if this programme is right for you, get in touch with us.

 

Requirements/assessment

As well as engaging in self-assessment at the end of each course to explore how confident you feel in your learnings, the tutors will also provide you with feedback during the live online group sessions to ensure that your plans are realistic and effective.

 

Course Timings

This training runs continuously, so you can sign up at any time. It delivers a total of 20 hours of learning across four courses, the majority of which you can undertake at a time and pace that suits you.

For each course, you will be invited to join a live group seminar with one of our experts, conducted via Zoom. The next live seminars run from 1.30pm-3pm BST on the following dates:

Live seminar Date
1 – Understanding and identifying mental health needs in schools Tuesday 17 May 2022
2 – Whole school and targeted approaches to support mental health and wellbeing Tuesday 7 June 2022
3 – Working in partnership with students and parents/carers Tuesday 21 June 2022
4 – Leading and managing a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing Tuesday 5 July 2022

Please note that seminar times are subject to change. If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact DigitalAcademy@tavi-port.ac.uk

You will have access to the course and its materials for a total of one year. Access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.

 

Course facilitators

Katy Cole

Dr Katy Cole

Dr Katy Cole is an Educational Psychologist working in Hertfordshire, and an Academic and Professional Tutor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She has experience of working with complex emotional and mental health needs in schools and in developing guidance to support whole school and county policies. This has included bereavement and critical…

Dr Maria Wedlock

Dr Maria Wedlock is an Educational Psychologist who works for the West Sussex Educational Psychology Service. Maria has a background in teaching mathematics in inner London secondary schools before completing her Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology at the Tavistock & Portman Trust. Maria has also worked as an Associate Academic and Professional Tutor…

Dr Janchai King

Dr Janchai King is a Senior Practitioner Educational Psychologist working in the London Borough of Barnet Educational Psychology Team and as an Academic and Professional Tutor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to her Doctoral training in Child, Community and Educational Psychology at the Tavistock & Portman Trust, she worked in a…

Heather Daulphin

Heather Daulphin recently retired as Senior Deputy Head of Hampstead School. She has vast experience of school leadership and leadership development/coaching with a particular specialism in leading inclusion and pastoral matters such as safeguarding, promoting positive emotional health, fostering pro-social behaviour strategies, i.e. restorative and relationship-based approaches rather than punitive measures. More recently, Heather led…

Nell Nicholson

Nell Nicholson has been a teacher since 1992 starting her career in the East End of London. She worked in inner city mainstream schools learning her craft and developing her interest and skills in how to reach and teach those who struggled to learn and thrive in the mainstream system. She is currently the headteacher…
 

Book your place today

Our Mini Courses Bundles run continuously. You can book a place at any time using our secure ‘MyTAP’ booking system, and access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.

 

Accreditations

This course has been assured for DfE grant-funded senior mental health lead training.

Upon completion of the programme, you will receive four CPD certificates to evidence your training.

 

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