YMCA Trinity Group

Mentoring – A Solution Focused Approach for those working with young people ages 5-18

Mental health issues are a growing concern with 50% of conditions starting before the age of 14, and 4 children in every classroom now having a mental health diagnosis. Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Approaches can significantly improve outcomes for those that are at risk of developing mental health issues and help re-engage young people who struggle to make positive changes. This course gives schools the opportunity to learn from clinical professionals about how they can apply theory to supporting young people on a 1-to-1 basis in a nontherapeutic way.

Forming a key element of our ‘Enhanced Stage 2 Training’ as part of our newly approved Competency framework, this 1-day course covers an introduction to motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy, active listening skills, goal setting and measuring Impact. This course is suitable for pastoral teams, HLTAs, teachers, senior leads and head teachers from both primary, secondary and further education settings. It is equally applicable to community youth workers or anyone supporting young people on a 1-to-1 basis. Delegates will leave with a manual of essential training advice with templates and guides to using the techniques learned.



29th January 2020 – Sacred Heart Primary School, Peterborough, PE3 9XD

22nd April 2020 – Queen Anne House, Cambridge, CB1 1ND

1st May 2020 – 5 Coachman’s Court, Ipswich, IP41DX

10th June 2020 – The Cresset, Peterborough, PE3 8DX


Feedback from delegates:

  • 99% enjoyed the course and
  • 100% learnt more about the subject
  • 100% improved their confidence in the subject area
  • 100% said the materials and methods used facilitated learning
  • 100% said the trainer was confident, prepared and knowledgeable

“Really enjoyed the course”

“Very useful course, I feel it will help me in dealing with behaviour that challenges. Remember to always find a positive was great.”

“I feel the course will prove very useful in my role as a TA”

“Loads of useful techniques to use with students that would be useful to lots of my colleagues also”

“Resources were impressively put together, very useable”

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*Bring a second staff member and get up to 50% off their place

By booking a place you will also gain access to FREE Level 2 accredited training as part of our distance learning programme. Alternatively, we can tailor the course to whole staff teams or clusters of schools.

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