Training, Talks & Workshops

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Our training shares game-changing research and insights alongside actionable strategies. Whether trainees are practitioners who support children, adolescents and vulnerable adults, our CPD will help you to not only make sense of potentially complex theories, but to practically implement their learning as well.  

Whether you need an illuminating workshop or thought-provoking keynote for your audience, or your focus is workforce development, your participants will get transformational insights that will directly impact the lives of the young people they work and live with.

Our training doesn’t follow a pre-determined script; you can expect our material to be tailored around the specific needs of your trainees, and the children they help. However, the below ‘Healthy Brain Development and Social & Emotional Competence & Wellbeing ‘menus’ outline the fascinating and enlightening knowledge that we share.
Whether you know just what you want and when already, or need to know more before deciding if what we offer will fit, just call us for a chat, or send us a message, and if we can help, we will.

Developing Healthy Brains CPD

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Good Foundations; Building The Early Brain

Do we really need children to ‘be ready’ for the setting, or should we instead ensure that our settings are ready for them

Focusing on the crucial first five years of life, this session explains;

  • How the ‘early brain’ is shaped – both positively and negatively- by the quality of its earliest experiences
  • The neurodevelopment role of play and social interaction, and how they strengthen both learning capacity and emotional wellbeing
  • How to tap into this period of rapid neurological growth to nurture healthy cognitive development; especially for those whose childhood so far has lacked the ideal enriched environment that every child deserves  
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Flourishing! Nurturing The Developing Brain

While synaptic connectivity may slow in middle childhood, there are still huge strengths within the brain between 5-11 years. 
This insightful session explains;

  • How to use this period of childhood to support all-round healthy development

  • How to cultivate social and emotional competence, resilient mindsets and sound self-esteem  as children navigate the increasing pressures-real or imagined-of being young 

  • Essentially, how to ensure you’re putting the best in, so you can help get the best out of the developing brains you’re helping to grow!
Riding The Storm!; The Adolescent Brain

Neuroscience is shining a very bright light on the ‘adolescent brain’; we now know that many of the problems typically associated with this period are the result or normal – albeit, often challenging – neurodevelopmental changes. 

This illuminating session explains why many young people;

  • Make ‘bad’ or unsafe choices
  • Struggle with all kinds of relationships
  • Exhibit emotional dysregulation and challenging behaviours 

But, despite this very fragile time, the adolescent brain is actually a power-house for learning as it reconfigures itself for life in the adult world, and this workshop also explains how to unlock these strengths, so you can effectively support young people-and yourself!-through this turbulent transition.

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Thriving Or Surviving? The Vulnerable Brain

Challenges with learning,  behaviour, engagement, mental health, resilience, relationships etc., are just a few of the indications that a child may have a ‘vulnerable brain‘. 

Brain vulnerabilities can be rooted in all kinds of places; Adverse Childhood Experiences, distress and trauma; even from pre-birth; sensory processing deficits, neurodiversity, even the world of ‘epigenetics‘; the fascinating interplay between experience and genetic expression; essentially meaning we have the capacity to intergenerationally ‘inherit’ the traumas of previous generations.  

This reassuring workshop explains;

  • The impact of these factors in the vulnerable brain’s capacity to develop competencies for learning, adapting, and all-round healthy functioning 
  • What approaches you can take to most effectively – and  realistically – affect positive change
  • What, in spite the fragility of these children, you can-and must-do, to identify, protect, and ‘strengthen the strengths’ of these vulnerable brains
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The Brain Behind The Behaviour

A common misconception about young people is that they consciously choose all of their behaviours, and are therefore fully in control of them.

While it is possible for children to learn ‘difficult-to-manage’ behaviours, a great deal of them are simply caused by a hijacked fight/flight response in their brains.

Behaviour management systems and  ‘consequences’ are seldom effective in the long-term and in fact often hinder far more than they help…
Firstly they respond to the symptom, rather than the cause. Secondly, they cause many compliant children untold anxieties, which inhibits their capacity to learn.
Most importantly, they don’t proactively teach the skills of self-awareness, emotional regulation and impulse control.

All behaviour is a form of communication, and this insightful and solution-focused session explains;

  • The neural wiring and biochemistry behind challenging and confusing behaviours
  • How to change behaviour by changing the activity in a child’s  brain  
  • How to practically help young people learn  internal self-control, rather than being controlled by external measures
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The Neuroscience Of Creativity, Curiosity & Play

We now know that neural structures dedicated to Play are hard-wired in the human brain at birth, meaning that humans have evolved to play as part of our survival.
Not only does play feel good, it is a developmental process that never switches off. It is the most essential component for ‘learning-readiness’ in the developing brain, and this illuminating session, which can also be extended to include a practical workshop, will help you to understand; 

  • The basics of ‘Affective Neuroscience’, which explain why ‘learning time’ and ‘play time’ are both part of one process

  • How playing actually turbo-charges neural connectivity and healthy biochemistry

  • How you can activate the brain’s ‘Play’ and ‘Curiosity’ circuits to strengthen learning capacity, at any point in childhood

Social & Emotional Competence And Wellbeing CPD

Re-empowering The Powerless Child

Even when experienced below a child’s conscious awareness, powerlessness is ultimately very frightening; we cannot understand its impact.

Whether acute helplessness is at the heart of their trauma, or they’ve simply lost – or lacked – personal agency and decision-making opportunities, powerlessness denies children the developmentally necessary experiences that Mother Nature intended; to become more independent and autonomous.

This thought-provoking session explores;

  • The imprint left by the whole breadth of powerlessness, including, for example, the impact that living through a global pandemic has had on today’s generation of children; none who were left untouched
  • How anxieties, lack of self-confidence or trust; in themselves, the world and the future; are frequently the by-product of powerlessness
  • The practical ways you can quickly, easily and consistently rebuild young people’s sense of ‘personal power’, so they trust themselves to handle uncertainty, the slings and the arrows of life!
Strengthening Fragile Self-Esteem 

Fragile self-esteem is at the heart of many struggles faced by children, and the adults that they will (or have already) become.
But what exactly is self-esteem anyway?

Bringing clarity to what we may instinctively feel is a problem, but struggle to meaningfully articulate, this grounding session explores;

  • Exactly how to define self-esteem, enabling you to understand what it is, and where it comes from
  • How poor self-esteem manifests itself in a breadth of ways; not just in the withdrawn, self-deprecating or defeatist attitudes that we typically identify as ‘low self-esteem
  • Simple, actionable strategies to strengthen self-esteem in your daily exchanges with young people, giving you practical tools and techniques to nurture and maintain flourishing self-esteem in the children you support 
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Bringing Emotional Learning To Life

Many life-long problems; physical and mental ill-health, worklessness, criminality etc.; have their roots in poor wellbeing, distress and adversity in childhood.

Taking care of young minds should not just be our most important job, but theirs as well.  

This practical session equips you with the a range of hands-on, flexible ideas and creative activities, helping you to;

  • Meaningfully engage young people in learning about, protecting and strengthening their own wellbeing
  • Help children to view themselves as capable individuals; in charge of their own mental health, and the future that depends on it the
  • Equip children with fundamental competencies ensuring they are ‘prepared well for being well‘.    
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Making Motivation & Engagement Move!

Some young people may appear disenchanted, apathetic, even lazy, but the barriers to engagement and motivation are usually deeper than this.

This informative session takes a closer look at the variables in children’s motivators, enabling you to; 

  • Better understand ‘Motivational Theory’, including ‘validation preferences‘, ‘intrinsic‘ and ‘extrinsic‘ motivators; and the differences between them
  • Plan actionable strategies to practically implement this theory in your setting
  • Differentiate your approaches to individual ‘motivational profile‘, to most effectively enhance young people’s appetite to succeed 

Because different stages of brain development, and the variable biochemical states of those brains can have a huge impact on motivation, this session can also be extended to include related neuroscience material.

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Ready To Fly?; Nurturing The Resilient Child

The average 21st century child is conditioned for immediate gratification, while faced with increasing pressures-real or imagined- which create a whole host of problems associated  with resilience, determination, self-acceptance and imperfection.

This session firstly explores the key principles and basic neurology of ‘bouncebackability’ and perseverance.

You’ll also learn how to strengthen young people’s capacity to experiment, learn from boredom and experience failure as an opportunity, rather than crushing defeat.

Ultimately, this session will help you to cultivate an ‘I Can’ mindset in your children, preparing them with the confidence and courage to mend broken wings and fly anyway!

Ending Well; Supporting Grief, Separation & Loss

This workshop helps you to understand how any sudden or distressing change constitutes some form of grief.

It can be difficult to support a young person who is bereaved, dealing with unwelcome change, unexpected loss, or any other significant separation, because knowing what they understand, how they’re processing their experiences, and how well they can express themselves may be impossible.

This workshop explains exactly why destabilising change, loss, grief or even uncertainty affects children; psychologically, neurologically and biochemically; in ways which impair their capacity to function well.

We’ll explore the person-centred approaches that any practitioner can use to help children move through the normal, necessary, but sometimes painful process of grief and change, and how you can effectively – and realistically – nurture their wellbeing and resilience in the face of what may be devastating circumstances.

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'Heart-Based' Connection; ‘Presence' As Well As Practice

We think of ourselves as human beings, but often practice more as a ‘human doing’…

But there is magic in your ‘presence’ as well as your practice, and this session will help you to magnify it. 
Those of us who support ‘vulnerable’ people frequently describe our approach as ‘intuitive’, but this can be difficult to trust without a theory to back it up.

This illuminating, but accessible session simply explains  the science of intuition and the growing body of research around it which decodes the fascinating interplay between the ‘thinking’ brain and the ‘intuitive’ heart; and why you should trust it!

You’ll learn  how our nervous systems unconsciously tune into the other people in it, and how you can tap into and use this phenomena to promote attuned relationships and emotional health.  

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Switch Off - Thrive On; Retained Primitive Reflexes

‘Primitive reflexes’ are an evolutionary system designed to support children’s neurosequential development from birth.

For a number of reasons; many associated with a poorly enriched childhood; these reflexes do not ‘switch off’ as nature intended, disturbing the flow of  development in ways which often present as learning delays, behavioural disorders and conditions such as ASD and ADHD.

With both theoretical and practical elements, this workshop explains;

  • The different types of ‘primitive reflexes’; their function, why they may be ‘retained’ and how, without intervention, these can impact any and all areas of development

  • How to recognise when struggles; i.e. inattention, impulse control  sensory issues and executive functioning; are a likely  result of retained reflexes

  • How to create an enriched environment and physical interventions to support their integration into the nervous system. 
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