Mentoring Adults: A Solution Focused Approach

This course gives those working with other adults the opportunity to learn from clinical professionals about how they can apply theory to supporting staff or adults on a 1-to-1 basis in a non-therapeutic way. It is similar to the children and young people’s version but focuses on how motivational interviewing and solution focused approaches apply to supporting staff or parents/carers depending on their role. The skills learned during this course are applicable to line management, improving performance, facilitating owned, positive change, and developing relationships that contribute to mental health and well-being for adults and the children they work with or parent.


Course Summary


This one-day course provides the foundational skills that are built upon in the Supervision Skills Train the Trainer course (see Targeted Training). It will give staff skills, tools and resources based on tried and tested methods used in our 1-to-1 mentoring programmes, and covers the following:

  • Defining Mentoring
  • An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy
  • Active listening skills with adults
  • Goal Setting
  • Measuring Impact


This course is suitable for pastoral leads, teachers, managers, senior leadership teams, adult support workers, and parent workers. Delegates will leave with a manual of essential training advice with templates and guides to using the techniques learned.


Learning Outcomes


  • To explore the concept of mentoring through the lens of Solution Focused Therapy
  • To practise active listening skills and goal setting
  • To learn how to measure impact


Added Benefits


To give more people the opportunity to develop their understanding, we have teamed up with The Skills Network to offer all schools that purchase our Whole Staff programmes the opportunity to access additional Level 2 Distance Learning courses in a variety of related topics. Not only can school staff benefit from the accredited programmes, but parents can also access them – free of charge!

Mentoring Skills are also important to use in everyday practice both with children and adults. Therefore, we are able to tailor the course to enable whole staff teams or parent groups to benefit from practical mentoring and coaching skills. This will enable them to get the best from others, whether it be in their work or through peer support and line management roles.


Course costs


  • Course cost (+VAT): £199 per person
  • Additional Places only: £145 (Secondary Schools) £110 (Primary Schools)

Alternatively we can deliver this course in-house at £950 + VAT and expenses for up to 16 delegates





“Loads of useful techniques to use with students that would be useful to lots of my colleagues also” – Intervention Support Coordinator

“Enjoyable, learnt some important skills. Thank you for providing a course full of useful information” – Inclusion Manager


Contact us


To book your own course, please call 01733 373187 or email  For the latest open course dates, visit our Training Courses and Workshops page.