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

Following Mental Awareness Day on Saturday, it is important to recognise that mental health issues are a growing concern with 50% of conditions starting before the age of 14, and 4 children in every classroom now have 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 non-therapeutic way.


To celebrate our new training programme we are offering a 15% introductory discount to any setting that books one of our courses before the 30 October 2020, simply quote ‘MHCF15’ when booking.


What is the course?


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. It 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. Visit our Mentoring Children and Young People: A Solution Focused Approach page to find out more.



Feedback from delegates:


  • 99% enjoyed the course
  • 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’


Next Steps


We also have a variation of this course, which focuses on Mentoring Adults. This can be helpful for those who have line management or peer support responsibility. In addition, our new Supervision Skills Train the Trainer, builds on these skills in order to develop supervision practices that fosters and maintains positive mental health.


More information


For more information about our range of training please read our Mental Health Training Guide 2020-21 (1,034KB, PDF) or visit our Mental Health training page.

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.

Further information about any of the services we offer are available to view on our Mental Health Support for Schools page or you can contact the office on 01733 373187.