The Therapeutic Teaching Course is a six-part course that is designed to embed a therapeutic approach across your whole school/ organisation. The modules teach you about how childhood trauma can impact children’s mental health and wellbeing and the impact on their school experience. We also look at how childhood has changed given the arrival of technology and social media and how we need to begin to re-frame the role of schools, putting wellbeing at its core, to meet the needs of children today. This course up skills and empowers everyone to become therapeutic teachers and will give you the strategies and resources to begin to feel confident about teaching the children, whatever their background, and make a difference in their lives.
This course can be taken by individual teachers, child-minders or professionals working with children. It is designed to be taken as a whole school, so we encourage you to sign everyone up for the course.
We support the government’s guidelines on supporting mental health in school, they state:
Childhood Trauma and the Brain
Learn about childhood trauma and how it impacts a developing brain. Find out what happens when children are stressed or overwhelmed. Why they have ‘meltdowns’ and what the impact is on their behaviour and internal processing at school. Most importantly, learn what can you do to help. Underpinned by therapeutic approaches and full of advice and free resources. This session is vital for anyone working with vulnerable children or young people in an educational setting.
Attachment Disorder in the Context of the Classroom
Learn about attachment disorder and how it impacts a child or young person. Find out how to identify attachment disorder and how to support the children you work with by ensuring you are not triggering attachment style behaviours. Full of practical strategies and advice to help you figure out what is effective and what is not effective at school. You will have lots to take away and implement.
Therapeutic Teaching Skills
Learn about how to develop therapeutic teaching skills with the children in your school. Find out how to adapt your responses to behavioural incidents and emotional outbursts to focus on connection and care. The lessons in this module will begin to create a therapeutic ethos amongst your staff and help guide everyone working with the children toward an approach that puts mental health and well-being first. A very popular session that will change perceptions and offer a lot of ‘ah-ha’ moments.
Creating a Therapeutic Environment
This module underpins the learning in other modules and should be taken following those sessions. Learn how to create a therapeutic environment throughout your school which puts well-being and mental health at its core. Find out how changing your classrooms, hallways and outdoor areas can increase feelings of safety and promote self-belief which in turn positively impact learning. Ensuring your school is meeting the needs of each child through its design.
Creating an Emotionally Intelligent Class
Learn about emotional intelligence and how focusing on developing EI in your children can predict better outcomes and life skills than academic achievements. This module links to the government guidelines on health, relationships and sex education and will inspire you to put wellbeing at the heart of your classroom. Find out how you can increase emotional intelligence in the children you work with and help them become more self-aware and empathetic by following the advice, resources, and support in this module.
Connection Vs Disconnection When Approaching Behaviour:
Learn about the importance of boundaries and consistency when working with vulnerable children. Find out how to approach behavioural incidents whilst still maintaining a therapeutic approach based on connection. With specific approaches and advice for you to begin to implement in your school. This session guides you toward alternative methods to time out and detention whilst still maintaining the boundaries many vulnerable children desperately need
What is Included When We Buy?
- 10 hours of CPD training
- Assessments after each module
- A course community where you can share ideas, thoughts and ask questions in a group with other schools who are working through the course
- Resources and downloadables with each module
- A template for your new behaviour policy (Now called a connection policy!)
- Continued support from Shahana Knight
What can we do to enhance this approach even further?
- Book four workshops with Shahana Knight alongside the training course so you can embed learning, discuss real cases from your own school and as questions
- Begin the Therapeutic School Award programme with us and evidence that you have met the criteria to become a therapeutic school
- Listen to Shahana Knight’s free Therapeutic Teacher Podcast HERE
- Read Shahana Knight’s Therapeutic School Articles in Head Teachers Update Magazine HERE
Join our Community!
Embedding a therapeutic teaching approach goes far beyond just taking the courses so we will be here to support you in the course community. You will be embedding the connection policy in place of your behaviour policy, changing your environments and practising your therapeutic teaching responses with the children and you might have questions or want to ask how to respond to a certain child. Use the community to find out what others are doing, ask for advice and support and keep connected with us.
How does this course meet the DFE Standards?