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Solihull approach training courses and a free course 'Babies in mind' for parents

Solihull Approach 2 Day Foundation Course

The Solihull Approach is a nationally recognised and locally endorsed theoretical approach to working with children and their families that enhances team working within and across services. It focuses attention on promoting the emotional well-being and mental health in infants, children, adolescents and families. The Solihull Approach draws on theories of psychotherapy, child development, including attachment and behaviourism, and brings them together in a practical way. The model integrates the concepts of Containment; Reciprocity and Behaviour Management into a reflective model that informs practice. It supports practitioners in their work with children and families and helps parents and carers to understand their child. It provides a framework for thinking about children's behaviour that develops practice and consistent approaches across agencies and within services.

This training is supported by the Northamptonshire Young Healthy Minds Partnership. The Solihull Approach is one of the Building Blocks for Mentally Healthy Schools at the Essential Foundations Level within the Northamptonshire TaMHS Programme. Certification upon completion is accredited by the Solihull Approach training organization.

In order to maximise the development of the approach in your setting, a member of your senior management team should be (or have been) one of the staff attending this training.

The following courses are available for practitioners who work with very young children up to adolescents in a range of settings. Cost £180 per participant - includes FREE resource pack per participant worth £73, while stocks last. Please indicate whether you prefer a School Age or The First Five Years resource folder at the time of booking. Each training session starts promptly at 9:30 am and finishes at 4:00 pm. Participants are required to attend both days of the 2-day training

6th and 20th October 2015 – Kettering

21st October 2015 and 4th November 2015 – Northampton

24th November 2015 and 8th December 2015 - Northampton

14th January 2016 and 28th January 2016 – Northampton

24th February and 9th March 2016 – Kettering

9th and 23rd May 2016 – Kettering

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Solihull Approach Parenting Group Facilitators’ Training

This is a one day training course for practitioners who intend to run a Solihull Approach parenting group in a community based setting such as a Children’s Centre, health clinic, school or family centre. The Solihull Approach Parenting Programme is an evidence based parenting programme that is recognised by the Children’s Workforce Development Council. It aims to help parents reflect on their own and their child’s feelings and how these can impact on behaviour. By so doing it aims to enhance understanding, improve communication and perspective taking. This empowers parents and leads to more effective management of their child’s behaviour. The parenting programme runs over 10 weeks. It is suitable for parents who have universal to complex needs and children from birth to 18 years of age.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • To provide delegates with in depth content of the Solihull Approach Parenting Programme to understand what drives successful parenting practise
  • To help delegates to think about process issues when facilitating a parenting group
  • To help delegates think about the preparation required before running a parenting programme
  • To help delegates think about and identify the issues that can arise and how they might be addressed

All potential Solihull Approach Parent Programme facilitators must have completed the Solihull Approach Foundation training and already be familiar with using the Solihull Approach in their practice. It is suitable for all practitioners who are a member of the children’s workforce in Northamptonshire.

The following courses are available. Cost £180 per participant. One Solihull Approach Parenting Programme Facilitators’ Manual will be provided FREE of charge for each setting. The training session starts promptly at

9:30 am and finishes at 4:00 pm promptly.

2nd December 2015 – Kettering

9th February 2016 – Northampton

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Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters

by The University of Warwick on FutureLearn:

This free online course is aimed at everyone who has an interest in promoting the well-being of their own baby, or the parents and babies they work with. You do not need any prior knowledge of infant or child development, just a desire to learn about parents and babies, and the way that early interaction shapes later development. The course is based on the latest research in the field and you will be introduced to key concepts relating to infant psychology and attachment.

This course will explore how the mind of the parent influences the developing mind of the child, from conception through infancy and into later life.

It will take you on a journey that begins in pregnancy, exploring the importance of the ability of the mother-to-be to think about her baby while still in utero, alongside the impact of emotions such as anxiety and depression.

It will then explore what the research tells us about the way in which the parent’s emotional and cognitive mind, can shape the interactional context of the baby during the first two years of life, and the impact of this interaction on the baby’s developing mind. This will include, for example, thinking about the parent’s ability to be ‘mind-minded’ in terms of being able to treat their baby as an individual with a mind of their own.

Throughout, it will seek to answer questions such as:

  • How does a parent’s mind influence the development of a baby before he or she is born?
  • What processes take place in the post-natal period that influence the baby’s developing mind?
  • What can we do during pregnancy and the post-natal period to support parents who are experiencing difficulties?

You will get the chance to hear from expert academics and clinicians working in infant mental health, and share your views with other parents and caregivers around the world.

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