The Foundations Consultancy (TFC) Psychology service offers a range of training days, workshops and consultancy services for schools, colleges, nurseries, pre-schools and education services.
Our specialist training days support teaching staff and schools to gain a better understanding of children and young people's mental health needs, as well as more complex emotional, social and psychological needs in the classroom. We recognise the important role teachers and education staff play in offering children and young people's lives. We are passionate about ensuring that education staff are supported to understand children and young people's needs and adopting a relationship based approach to successful engagement with the curriculum.
Our work is informed by authors such as Dr Bruce Perry's neuro-sequential model, Louise Bombier's attachment informed approach to supporting pupils with complex attachment and trauma needs. Our workshops support teachers to understand pupils using an attachment and trauma informed understanding and enable them to look at all behaviour as a form of communication.
Teachers are often faced with supporting pupils with complex emotional and mental health difficulties some of which can impact on their engagement with their school work, concentration and their social and relational style.
We also support teachers to think about how they can support pupils with relational trauma who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) to experience safety and trust in the classroom and recognise the important influence teachers can have in offering pupils a relationship based approach to learning.
See our list of workshops below. We also offer Bespoke workshops so please contact us if you would like to discuss other workshops options.
Children who are emotionally regulated through trusting relationships will be more open to learning and engaging with the curriculum. Our workshops support staff to identify emotional and psychological difficulties and support pupils to access the right support to meet their needs. We also support staff to think about the emotional impact their work can have on them and help them to identify ways of taking care of their emotional well being.
Please see details below on our various courses and workshops for schools. We can also design and deliver other Team Building and Bespoke Training days to meet your schools needs.
You can also download our brochure at the bottom of this page.
Feel free to contact us to find out more.
We also consider how staff can ensure that they support, connect and engage with emotionally dys-regulated children.
This teaching day enables delegates to experience a renewed sense of hopefulness and effectiveness in creating change for traumatised children. Staff will be given an understanding of how disrupted attachments and trauma can impact of the development of social, emotional and mental health leading to development trauma.
A day for the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in the school to think about how to develop a whole School "trauma informed" approach.
This day supports the growth of a trauma informed school ethos which enables the school to function more effectively and efficiently helping to prevent staff burnout, sickness and also to ensure improved engagement.
This workshop supports the Leadership Team to reflect on the development of a nurturing and values led ethos, the commitment to developing a therapeutically informed organisational approach and supports the development of a caring organisational culture.
This is a staff development day designed to offer staff who have been working so hard through the challenging times of the recent pandemic an opportunity to regroup and restore. Teachers have been impacted enormously by the need to continue being keyworkers to support their pupils over the last year. They have had to adapt their teaching methods to deliver online training and continue to deliver the curriculum in very challenging times.
Education has had to adapt like never before to a COVID landscape and ensure that pupils continue to experience their unwavering support. All of this has had a significant impact on staff morale and staff burnout leading to high levels of anxiety and exhaustion.
This day supports staff to focus on the importance of understanding their emotional well-being, recognising indicators of stress and anxiety and supporting staff to develop self-care and self-soothing techniques.
The aim of the day is to offer some opportunities to develop good staff team building and the building of resilience skills, recongisning the strengths of being part of a team and individual strengths. This is an extremely positive and energising day and helps staff to leave the stresses of the last year behind and focus on their strengths and their goals for the future.
A training day supporting staff to think about how to understand and embed a trauma informed "PACE" approach to engaging difficult pupils with complex emotional and mental health needs. Learning about what a PACE-ful teaching approach involves and how to engage and support pupils who find it difficult to learn.
This training day should follow and build on the knowledge learned on the "attachment and trauma" teaching day. It considers how we can support children who are difficult to engage and focuses on the importance of the development of a safe and secure relationship enabling staff to adopt a therapeutically trauma informed approach to their learners.
It supports staff to consider how their relationships with learners can help to promote a sense of safety and connection both of which are key to engaging students in the curriculum and learning.
Using the therapeutic relationship skills of PACE to help staff to understand, regulate and support children with complex needs and to recognise their own emotional responses to supporting pupils with complex needs.
This relationship based workshop can be complimented by ongoing psychological consultation to support embedding of this approach. This also supports a "whole school" trauma informed approach to delivering an attachment and trauma informed therapeutic approach.
Reflective Practice is the foundation of professional development; it makes meaning from experience and transforms insights into practical strategies for personal growth and organisational impact. Schools that want to offer a therapeutically informed environment need to echo the principles of safe therapeutic practice.
This training day considers the importance of supervisory and reflective practice in schools. It thinks about concepts such as “Looking after me (teacher) so I can look after and support you” (Child).
It considers why adopting a supervision/reflective practice framework in schools is vital to improved staff service delivery, supports staff retention, improved staff engagement and supporting emotional well being of staff.
This day supports the school to:
We can offer a full morning/afternoon to offer supervision, consultation and therapeutic/reflective support to teaching staff. This can help staff to have some time to think about particular pupils with complex needs and to support them to contextualise and make sense of challenging behaviours and emotional difficulties.
Consultation sessions can also be dedicated to offering "drop in" sessions for staff to book into to discuss pupils with complex needs and to help support the development of a therapeutic plan IEP for more complex pupils with mental health needs.
These sessions can also support staff well being and a place for reflection about the emotional impact of their work. Our sessions can be delivered on a regular basis to support staff teams to have much needed space for reflection.
For more information about the Foundations Consultancy's Psychological training and consultancy services for schools please download our leaflet below or drop us a line to discuss your requirements. We can make bespoke training on Supporting children and young people with Anxiety, ADHD and ASD and many other relevant topics.
Our School staff have benefitted so much from your workshop on attachment and developmental trauma....such a great training day and really helpful to us to understand some of our more challenging learners, staff have been buzzing about how it has helped them to adopt a different approach" Northleigh House School
"Understanding that I can make a real difference to my students by adopting a PACE relationship based approach in the classroom has been amazing....it really works! .......when I make a connection with the student first rather than being preoccupied with delivering my lesson plan it completely changes their engagement."
“ Wendy works really hard to work with all professionals around our children and the triangulated approach of joining school / home / therapy has been invaluable. It has helped us to have a really co-ordinated approach to supporting our children's needs and helped school to adopt a therapeutic approach to their needs! "
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