Mentoring – A Solution Focused Approach for those working with young people

According to NHS research for October 2020, 1 in 6 children and young people are likely to have a diagnosable mental health disorder. This has increased from 1 in 9 in 2017.

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.


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.

Find out more information on our Mentoring Children and Young people page.


Feedback from delegates


  • ‘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’


More information


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


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.


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.


Contact us


To access this course and find out upcoming dates, visit our Training Events Calendar & Campaigns page, call 01733 37187 or email