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Mentoring Children and Young People: A Solution Focused Approach

Mentoring skills can help you effectively support children and young adults in a 1-to-1 basis and in a non-therapeutic way. Using current theory, it focuses on how motivational interviewing and solution focused approaches can be useful in situations ranging for reaching potential to coping with the everyday. 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.

Course Summary

This one day course gives settings the opportunity to learn from mental health professionals about how they can apply theory to supporting young people on a 1-to-1 basis in a nontherapeutic way. This one day programme will give adults skills, tools and resources based on tried and tested methods used in our 1-to-1 mentoring programmes. 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, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Approaches, Active Listening, Goal Setting and Measuring Impact.

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore what we mean by mentoring
  • To explore theories underpinning mentoring and practice active listening skills
  • To understand the stages of change model
  • To build on and develop mentoring theory by looking at solution focused theory and techniques
  • To practice application of knowledge and skills.
  • To develop knowledge and skills through observed feedback and discussion

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 cost (+VAT): £220 per person
  • Additional Places only: £150 (Secondary Schools) £115 (Primary Schools)

Alternatively we can deliver this course in-house at £1050 + 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

How To Book

Course dates can be found in the ENHANCED section of our training calendar. Alternatively, get in touch to find out more.