Mentoring – A Solution Focused Approach

With this week being Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to remind you about some of the training we have available to help you support the whole school community. 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 Children’s Mental Health Awareness week we are offering a 15% discount to any setting that books one of our courses before the 28 February 2021, simply quote ‘CMHW15’ 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. For more information visit the 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 the range of training we offer, please read our training guide.


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. For more information about any of the services we offer you contact the office on 01733 373187.


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


If you have any questions or to book a course, please call 01733 37187 or email