About this course

A two-day online training course for senior mental health leads in FE or sixth form colleges, helping you develop a sustainable whole-college approach to mental health.

The CPD-accredited course combines the expertise of the Centre’s clinicians and tutors with a knowledgeable community of practice.

This cohort will be exclusively for colleagues working in FE or sixth form colleges, and will be delivered by a trainer with expertise in the 16+ age range.  If you are a colleague in primary, secondary or all-through schools, please book an alternative date.

How to access funding

You can book a DfE-funded place on this Senior Mental Health Lead training. If you’d like to secure your place on our course, please follow these steps to ensure you access funding:

  1. Check the eligibility of your school or FE college on the Department for Education’s terms and conditions
  2. Complete the DfE grant funding form
  3. Receive confirmation email from DfE
  4. Book and pay for your place on our DfE-assured SMHL training
  5. Upload evidence of your booking to DfE using course code SMHL 004
  6. Receive funding from DfE

Book your place

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  • Tuesday 20th Jan
  • Friday 27th Jan
  • Friday 10th March

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Who is this training suitable for?

The course is intermediate level and suitable for those in leadership positions who are able to implement strategic, whole-college change.

If you have strategic responsibility for mental health in your college, this offer is tailor-made for you. The practical course uses a robust evidence base to upskill senior leaders to influence, promote and embed the whole school or college approach to positive mental health and wellbeing that is sustainable.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the two-day course, senior mental health leads with be able to:

  • articulate a plan for how they will put in place a whole-college approach to positive mental health and wellbeing
  • demonstrate how they will work with all staff in the college to raise mental health awareness and literacy, and support staff wellbeing
  • identify and support students who may require alternative approaches to meeting their mental health and wellbeing needs
  • adopt and monitor the impact of a range of interventions provided to individuals or groups of students and adapt the approach as needed
  • engage with the mental health provision in the local area in order to develop a good understanding of outcome measures used by mental health professionals
  • plan for involving parents/carers/families and the outside community in the culture of wellbeing the college is trying to create.
  • 8 online modules over two training days and an optional 2 hour online reflective session

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