The AMBIT programme at the Anna Freud Centre offers a wide range of different ways to help disseminate AMBIT ideas and practices to the diverse kinds of teams and workers that have benefited from this approach. We distinguish between:
- Trainings (active, participatory, directed at developing helpful change in teams or across whole systems);
- Teaching (group or individual, short lectures and presentations on AMBIT as a whole or certain aspects of AMBIT);
- Consultation to teams (active, participatory, intended to help teams or wider services/systems to reflect on their context and intentions using an AMBIT frame of reference to support and shape this, and to plan future service developments).
- Training process
AMBIT is a team practice, and trainings are only offered to teams or groups of teams, not to individual workers. There is a standardised pathway that teams embarking on AMBIT trainings will follow. Note that all training can be delivered remotely via video conferencing or in person (where COVID-19 policy allows).
- Making an enquiry – enquiries can be made by email to our AMBIT Programme Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will asked to complete a form detailing the nature of your work and the nature of your enquiry and be invited to an engagement call with one of the AMBIT Programme co-leads, or a Lead AMBIT Trainer.
- Initial engagement call – a conversation to help you decide if AMBIT could suit your needs, to discuss training options and for the AMBIT training team to understand the nature of your training needs and the goals for the training.
- Consultation day – an in-depth exploration of a team or system’s existing strengths and needs, and readiness to change. It used either as a way of deciding whether AMBIT or something else might be a useful approach to those needs or as a preparation for training that helps create the best possible conditions for the training to be helpful. Read more about the consultation day.
- Training starts: All Trainings can be either delivered remotely via video conferencing or in person (where COVID-19 policy allows) either at our centre in London or at your location.
- Post Training Supervision - all trainings include a package of post-training supervisory support tailored to the team or systems needs.
- Overview of the AMBIT training content
- Attunement to a team’s existing strengths that the training must strengthen, not undermine, and to the specific challenges that the team acknowledges (which will shape the ‘training outcomes’ that a team will define to measure the impact of their training.)
- Core theory: mentalizing and epistemic trust and how these ideas relate to everyday experiences in work. In particular the training stresses the practical application of these ideas in the day to day experiences of work. The theory component in the training is emphasised in the first day of training, and is then referred to through practice and experience in subsequent days. We emphasise that the training is NOT primarily an ‘academic’ presentation, but is more about experience and practice, although the core theories that AMBIT rests on are rooted in research based evidence.
- The subsequent days of training take trainees through a series of practical exercises and techniques that explore and equip them to apply mentalizing in four different areas of work: the direct face to face encounters with clients, the work between team members to help sustain each other’s mentalizing, the work of mentalizing other professionals in the wider multiagency networks that our clients are often involved in, and in the creation and sustaining of the team as a ‘learning organisation’ that can balance evidence based practice with its own practice-based evidence.
- Collaborative learning between team members/trainees is stressed as much as (or more than) ‘didactic’ teaching from the ‘front of the room’.
- Implementation planning: the training pays particular attention to how teams or trainees go on to apply the learning in their work settings after the training has finished, in ways that are most likely to be sustainable and fit the needs of the local context. This includes setting up goals and targets for action post-training, and takes a realistic view of the challenges of implementation.
- AMBIT trainings
Whole Team trainings
- Open Multi-team: Separate teams can sign up independently. This is usually delivered in person at AFNCCF, in London. Depending on the size of team we can train 2 – 5 teams simultaneously (max c.40 people total). The presence of separate teams can enrich the training experience by providing external points of reflection and potentially an ongoing informal peer-consultation network, modelling complex interagency network relationships, and emphasising diversity and shared experiences.
- Commissioned Multi-Team: where a single organisation commissions us to train a number of their own teams/services This can be delivered at the AFNCCF, remotely (live video-based training), or locally (to be negotiated)
- Commissioned Individual Team: Delivered at AFNCCF, remotely, or locally (to be negotiated). This allows for more tailoring and adaptation of the AMBIT curriculum delivered.
Local Facilitator Trainings
- What this entails: these trainings are for a smaller group (minimum 2- 3 per team) who receive the AMBIT training alongside training in how they can then facilitate local training events with their own team, with supervision from the AFNCCF and the support provided from the web-based resources in the AMBIT wiki manual.
- Open International – a five day training (previously in person at AFNCCF, but online available
- Open UK
Largescale Locality-wide/Multiagency trainings
- What this entails: The AMBIT Programme has experience of delivering a number of large locality-wide trainings, that involves training multiple workers, from different professional groups, and from different agencies (who are often working with the same clients) as a means to create common language and a shared approach that accommodates different tasks, models and methods. AMBIT has elements of a framework or model of intervention itself, but is also designed to support existing practice models in order to help them to work more effectively. Please get in touch by emailing email@example.com to discuss planning locality-wide multiagency trainings.
Joining advertised AMBIT training and events
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We are very happy to discuss requests for bespoke packages of services. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial engagement call.
The difference between teaching and training
- AMBIT trainings are only for teams and require live group interaction and facilitated team exercises and discussion
- Learning about the theory and practice of AMBIT can be done by individuals, but we will always emphasise that AMBIT is always and only a team practice rather than an individual one.
Monthly AMBIT Community of Practice Zoom ‘Gatherings’ – case/organisational discussions using an AMBIT framework
- Sign up for or Suggest: “topics of interest” for an AMBIT Community of Practice Webinar
- Refresher events for teams/individuals from trained teams
- Video teaching clips: There is a large quantity of free access video material, that is accessible as embedded material in the AMBIT wiki or via the AMBIT YouTube channel.
Conference appearances, etc (N.B. this may not be not an exhaustive list)
- AMBIT Community of Practice Annual Conference
- Other one-off AMBIT learning events
- Forthcoming presentations of AMBIT at other conferences
- AMBIT consultation packages
In addition to trainings and teaching, the AMBIT team also conducts consultations to teams or wider services, using the AMBIT framework to help them reflect on their existing strengths and current challenges, and to consider what training needs or other service developments might best serve their overarching mission and objectives.
Nearly all AMBIT Training packages start with an initial day of consultation, to help the AMBIT training team orient and attune themselves to understand the specific local contexts of the team they are training
Consultation days or packages can be helpful as ‘standalone’ interventions for services who may not need or want to commit to AMBIT training. The AMBIT consultants have the experience (and privilege) of having worked closely with hundreds of teams internationally over the last decade and can use this experience and the AMBIT framework as helpful lens to evaluate strengths and possible development opportunities..
Applications for AMBIT consultation packages can be made via email@example.com
For AMBIT trained teams a package of supervision comes as part of every training, and buying packages of additional supervision is possible, too. Discuss requests with the AMBIT admin team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervision packages can be individually negotiated and planned, focusing on any of the below:
- Implementation of a team plan (change management) following AMBIT training
- Group or Individual Casework/Clinical supervision, using an AMBIT frame of reference
- Consolidating learning in relation to training, using active casework and organisational events and processes to create an ‘action learning set’.
Commissioned Team Training & Multi-Team Training
Length: consultation day/half day + 4-day training + supervision package
Consultation day £1,500 (full day) / £1,300 (half day) 4-day training £6,900 (up to 16 people) plus £400 for each additional person up to a total maximum of 30 people Supervision £1,200 for 6 hours / £2,100 for 12 hours Travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for 2 trainers As required
Commissioned Local Facilitator Training
Length: consultation day/half day + 5-day training + supervision package
Consultation day £1,500 (full day) / £1,300 (half day) 5-day training £10,500 (up to 16 people) plus £625 for each additional person up to a total maximum of 25 people Supervision £1,200 for 6 hours / £2,100 for 12 hours Travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for 2 trainers As required
Commissioned Motivational Interviewing and Mentalizing Training
Length: 2-day training
Please note: we offer a 10% discount on this particular training
£500 per person (up to 25 people)
Travel, accommodation, and subsistence expenses for 2 trainers
Standalone supervision and consultation packages
Hourly rate for consultation and supervision: £200
Packages: £1,200 for 6 hours / £2,100 for 12 hours