Our training provides essential knowledge and practical tools to help
equip every kind of practitioner with a remit to support children and
young people's development and wellbeing.
From 2 hour sessions to longer term programmes, we design and adapt
our training material according to the unique needs your organisation,
but the below ‘Healthy Brain Development’ and ‘Social & Emotional Competence & Wellbeing’ training ‘menus’ are designed to give you
an idea of what you can expect to learn about.
Whether you know exactly what you want or need, want more info or
have any questions, just get in touch. You can also sign up to receive our updates and info on our forthcoming training sessions.
"The Session helped me to realise why my
young people think the way they do.
I've learned that there are small changes
I can easily make in my everyday practice,
and to be more mindful of brain chemistry to
support this. It's helped me to not judge
and understand instead."
(Vulnerable Children' s Support Worker)
Understanding and Nurturing Healthy Brain Development
“Made very complex scientific
Really well articulated.”
(Early Years Practitioner)
Good Foundations; Building the Early Brain
Pre-school settings are under growing pressure to ensure children are ‘learning-ready’, but the most effective way to support their development is to ensure your environment is ‘child-ready’.
This session explores the very basic brain a child is born with and will help you to understand how this is shaped throughout the first 5 years of life. Most importantly, we will explain what you can do to nurture children’s development during this period of rapid neurological growth. In essence, you'll learn;
How early experiences affect-positively and negatively- children’s learning capacity, emotional regulation and all-round healthy development
Why social interaction and play are essential in cultivating a healthy brain and a thriving mindset
How adverse experiences can compromise development, and what you can do to support these children's cognitive, social and emotional growth
“The delivery and content was all
very helpful, all of which I will
consider when working with
children in my future practice.”
Flourishing! Nurturing the Developing Brain
Many of us are increasingly concerned about how fast 21st children are growing up compared to just a few years ago, and the impact this is having on their wellbeing; Mental ill-health in primary aged children is growing at an alarming rate.
This session helps you to understand brain development between the ages of 5-11, and what you can do to most effectively support children's learning and personal growth as they navigate the increasing pressures-real or imagined-of being young; at school, through social media, peer pressure etc.
Ultimately you'll learn how to get the best out of your children; counteracting the excess stimulation that many of them experience, and helping you to provide a ‘balanced diet’ of life which nurtures their ability to learn well, live well and ‘be’ well.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course
and found the information
extremely useful. I look forward to using the games and other ideas with my 1:1.”
(SEN Teaching Assistant)
More Play Please! The Neuroscience of Curiosity & Playful Learning
This session helps to explain recently discovered structures in our brains that are dedicated to play.
These are actually effective throughout life, not just in childhood, meaning we are never ‘too old’ to play!
This illuminating session; which can also be extended to include a practical creative workshop; explains:
How play and curiosity serve as fundamental building blocks for children's learning & development
How playing actually turbo-charges neural connectivity and healthy biochemistry
That; contrary to what we may believe; play does not ‘get in the way’ of learning, but is actually an essential gateway to learning, full-stop!
“Made complex scientific concepts
easy to grasp and framed them
within a context we could relate to.
Really well structured.”
(Vulnerable Children's Practitioner)
The Turbulent Brain; Riding the Storm of Adolescence
The teen years and early twenties can be a chaotic time-even for the most stable young people-but modern neuroscientific research is rapidly developing our understanding of why the brain behaves so strangely during this time. This session explains the fundamental changes which take place in the adolescent brain, helping us to make sense of many of the associated problems; disengagement; apathy; erratic, impulsive behaviour; bad choices and damaging peer relationships.
In spite of this very fragile window of time, the adolescent brain is actually a power-house for learning as it literally reconfigures itself for life in the adult world, and this session ultimately explains how you can most effectively support young people-and yourself!-through the turbulent transition into adulthood.
Thriving or Simply Surviving? Strengthening the Vulnerable Brain
Many children can be considered ‘vulnerable’ and there are various reasons why they may not have yet developed brains which are well equipped to learn, adapt, make decisions and function well in general.
This session throws light on the neurological underpinnings of many of these vulnerabilities i.e.; weak sensory processing, low self-esteem, autism, stress, trauma etc.; helping you to decode many of the associated difficulties; withdrawal, anger, power-struggles and the
'I give up' attitude. Most importantly, you'll learn what you can do; even under adverse circumstances; to transform this 'helplessness' into the 'helped and hopeful' brain.
“Please accept a warm word of thanks Jo,
for the very thought-provoking workshops
which have given me so much!
I have been sharing my knowledge
with others with such enthusiasm.”
(Therapeutic Foster Carer)
"An enlightening, insightful and formative introduction to what can only be described as an invaluable subject."
14-19 NEET Tutor
The Neurology of Behaviour Change
A common misconception about young people who behave recklessly or impulsively is that they ‘think they’re invincible’, but it is much more complex than this. ‘Sensation-seekers’ often aren’t thinking at all and; as many undergo normal developmental changes which alter their perception of novelty and empathy; they are ill-equipped to anticipate consequences and identify alternative courses of action.
Especially for those who are already vulnerable, a downwards spiral of poor can prevail, resulting in lack of motivation and resistance to change at best, and often leading to the far worse consequences of their indifference or rage. However, with the right input; you can transform the fragile brain behind many of these self-defeating behaviours, and this session essentially explains what you can-and must-do to break the potentially devastating cycle of emotionally charged behaviour.
"I’ve realised why my young people think
the way they do and learned to be more
mindful of brain chemistry. It's helped me to
not judge and understand instead."
(Vulnerable Children' s Support Worker)
The Transformative Power of ‘The Anger Switch’
Angry children are often considered a problem, but it is what they ‘do’ with their anger; not the emotion itself; that makes it so challenging. However, all behaviour is a form of communication, and powerful feelings of pain, grief, frustration or fear are often at its heart. But all too often, a child’s rage hijacks our ability to help them; Instead their bad feelings are further intensified by feelings of regret and shame.
This illuminating session explores the brain’s ‘anger switch’, enabling you to understand the ‘fight-flight’ response, and just why diffusing it can be so challenging.
Most importantly, you’ll learn the amazing science which explains why turning your child’s anger switch off starts with you. Armed with this knowledge, we can use this to help the child ‘controlled by anger’ to transform into a child in control of anger.
“The session was great;
I’m already putting together resources to help implement change.”
(Looked After Children & Refugee Support Worker)
'Connectivity = Creativity'; The Magic of the Creative Brain
Many of us are interested in the role of creativity in brain development; especially as the arts are squeezed from the curriculum. We instinctively know that creativity plays a crucial role in nurturing personal, social and emotional skills but, often, we simply don't have the language or understanding to meaningfully explain this.
This session; which can be extended to also include a practical workshop; explains;
How; contrary to the idea that it competes with ‘learning’; creativity is actually a super-power of neural connectivity
The biochemical changes generated by creative activity which promote both wellbeing and learning
How creativity ultimately enhances the brain’s capacity to learn anything!
Social & Emotional Competence and Wellbeing
“Thank you very much Jo, for an
engaging and stimulating INSET.
It was perfectly paced
just what we needed.”
(Head Teacher, Nottingham Children’s Hospital School)
Cultivating Strength from the Inside Out; Overcoming Fragile Self-Esteem
Instinctively, we often know that low self-esteem is at the heart of a child’s difficulties, and that a stronger self-image would help them to overcome many of their challenges. But what is self-esteem anyway?
Few of us actually have an articulated definition; much less any clear indicators of what low and improved self-esteem look like in our children.
This session introduces a specific model and theory of self-esteem; helping you to understand what it is and where it comes from; and equipping you with practical ideas to nurture and maintain its growth in the young people you support, 'from the inside out'.
“Questions were thoroughly answered, discussion was open and unbiased.
(Young People's Support Practitioner)
Ready to Fly?; Nurturing Strength, Growth and Resilience
Resilience is a growing issue for today's children, particularly as they are faced with increasing
pressures-real or imagined. A reducing curriculum paired with constant and immediate access to stimulation through screens and social media are ever-reducing opportunities for children to
experiment with different solutions, practice determination, learn from boredom, and generally experience failure as an opportunity for growth.
This session explores the key principles and basic neurology of resilience; ‘bouncebackability’, perseverance, and an “I can” attitude; essentially helping you to cultivate a thriving mindset in
your young people that prepares them to mend broken wings and fly through life!
“Engaging and fun,
Rising Above Life's Challenges; Practical Strategies to Teach Learners About Wellbeing
Increasingly, we hear about the growing wellbeing problems affecting today's young people, and their short and long-term effects; physical and mental ill-health, worklessness, criminality and much more besides...
But schools lack the resources to teach our children about their most important job; taking care of their own wellbeing. If our children are to lead successful lives, we need to meaningfully engage them in subjects such as mental health, resilience and peer pressure, so they learn to see themselves as capable individuals-in charge of their own futures outcomes... But how do we do that?
This session introduces a range of practical ideas and creative activities-all of which can be adapted according to need, age and ability-to help strengthen a whole host of competencies; such as friendship skills, self-awareness and managing failure etc; fundamentally, helping children to 'prepare well for being well'.
Switch off - Thrive On; The Impact of Retained Reflexes on Learning, Behaviour and Life
Every child develops differently but some struggles that endure; i.e. poor coordination, attention, impulse-control, organisation and sensory processing-many of which are attributed to ADHD and ASD-are often
a result of 'retained reflexes'. These developmental systems develop in utero and are the foundation for learning and neurophysiological maturation. Each is intended to play its part in sequence and then switch off. However, if any remain 'switched on' by 5-7 years, many challenges can arise; behaviourally, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Without intervention, these can profoundly affect children’s learning experiences and compromise a fulfilled journey into adulthood.
Providing both theoretical insights and a practical playful workshop, this session will help you to understand;
The different types of reflexes; their function; and why they may not switch off (or are 'retained')
How to recognise retained reflexes-both physically and behaviourally
How to create an enriched environment and physical interventions to help 'integrate' retained reflexes back into the nervous system and thus mitigate their effects
"It was an inspiring morning and we
are determined to follow this up."
“Easily the most thought-provoking
and accessible training session
I've ever attended.”
(Music in Health Care practitioner)
The Power of 'Heart-Based' Emotion; Connecting Through ‘Presence' (As Well As Practice)
If asked to describe ourselves as human beings, most likely we describe ourselves as ‘humans doing’.
The essence of our ‘being’ is not easy to define, and yet it is often this aspect of ‘the self’ that makes
our practice so effective, especially for those of us who support ‘vulnerable’ people.
We frequently describe our approach as ‘intuitive’-but instinct can be difficult to decode and even more difficult to trust. However, this ‘sixth sense’ has a scientific component and this session introduces a growing body of research which will help you to understand;
The fascinating interplay between our 'thinking' brain and 'intuitive' heart
How your nervous system's electro-magnetic energy field is primed to unconsciously connect and attune with everyone in your environment
How to tap into and magnify this innate power; the magic of 'presence' as well as your practice...
How Much Does Our Training Cost?
Our prices vary according to session length, planning time, resources required, travel etc., but the below offers a transparent guide to what and how we charge. We offer discounts for multiple bookings and do our best to be flexible according to your needs, resources and group size, so please contact us to chat this through with us.
All prices include electronic copies of your presentation and any other resources used as part of your session. VAT does not apply.
Half day training (2.5-3 hours) £425-£525
Full day training (up to 7 hours) £800-£1000
Workshops, presentation and keynotes (up to 2 hours) £300-£450