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Youthscape offer a range of in-house training options for staff teams UK-wide. With a strong reputation of delivering highly professional training sessions, built upon tried and tested ideas and practice, we equip staff teams with both the confidence and skills to better support around the areas of self-harm and mental health.


Our in-house training is delivered by our team of highly trained youth work practitioners with extensive experience and qualifications. Our training is developed from our face-to-face work with students in Luton where as an organisation we have been offering support to local secondary schools and colleges on mental health and wellbeing for twenty-five years. All of our training material is built upon proven approaches, activities and experience of of our work with young people.

Specifically developed for groups of up to 25, Youthscape's courses are a combination of essential theory, practical activity and discussion, enabling every delegate to get involved.

All delegates receive a complimentary training pack, full of free resources, signposting materials and worksheets that can be used to run sessions with young people from assemblies to 1:1 work. Upon completion of the course, all delegates also receive a certificate of attendance. The courses available are listed below. To make an enquiry about in-house training, use this contact form, or email us.


Self-harm Essential Knowledge

As many as a fifth (22%) of teenage girls self-harm, whilst rates in boys are 9%. As a professional, it’s increasingly likely that at some point you will be faced with a self-harm disclosure - but how would you respond? This course will give you the confidence and knowledge to offer the right support.

The rise in the numbers of young people harming is well documented but it’s still a much-misunderstood issue. The first thing many people who self-harm will tell you is that self-harm is not the problem but an attempt to cope with overwhelming feelings, anxiety or emotional pain. It’s often done in secret, with parents and friends unaware of what’s happening. It can be addictive and dangerous – hospital admissions for self-harm have risen by 68% in the last decade. In this course you’ll understand the different reasons why young people harm, what triggers them and how it affects the body and mind. You’ll also discover how to respond when someone discloses that they’re harming, and how to help them find different and safer ways of coping. We’ll outline a range of support strategies and resources you can use in your own setting, and explain the different kinds of professional help available.


Self-harm Supporting and Equipping

Our 5-hour Self-harm Equipping and Supporting Workshop is ideal for those who want to a foundational understanding of self-harm along with developing the practical skills to run a support session with a young person, and develop a self-harm policy for their organisation.

This full day training programme begins by giving you a clear understanding of self-harm and young people: the causes, types of harm and triggers. You’ll gain insights into the prevalence of self-harm across the UK and what kinds of interventions are being most effective. Building on this knowledge, this practical session will teach you how to work one-to-one with a young person. You’ll learn how respond to their disclosure of harming, how to work with them to understand their feelings and what’s causing their behaviour, and how to help them find alternative ways of coping to self-harm. The session also includes detailed guidance on how to develop a school-wide policy on self-harm that meets current legislation and good practice. Sample templates are included and there’s advice about how to go about implementing a policy that’s understood and used by all staff and students.


Emotional wellbeing and Resilience

Anxiety, self-harm and depression are all on the rise. How can we help young people develop the resilience to navigate the challenges of adolescence? This course will give you an overview of the mental health issues facing young people and the practical strategies to develop healthy wellbeing and resilience skills.

Doctors and psychologists describe this generation young people as the most physically safe, but emotionally fragile generation in history. Six times more children and young people in England have mental health conditions than a generation ago, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Medicine in 2018. With many services stretched to the limit, schools, youth workers and other professionals have a vital part to play in supporting young people’s mental health. This course provides an overview of the latest research and key insights into understanding adolescent mental health and brain development. It will also teach you the techniques to develop and encourage healthy resilience skills in the young people you work with. The course includes a range of practical tools and resources that you can use in the classroom, small groups and working 1:1 with a young person.


Anxiety in Adolescence

As many as 1 in 6 young people struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, and the numbers are growing. This course introduces you to the causes and types of anxiety, its impact on a young person's life, and how to respond to and support a young person in your work as a professional.

There has been a sharp rise in the number of young people seeking help because of anxiety as they struggle to cope with the demands of modern life. Panic attacks in young people are something many school staff and youth workers have to deal with on a daily basis. This course will outline the different types of anxiety disorders, what causes them and how to recognise the symptoms in a young person. It will teach you how to deal with panic attacks and emergencies, as well as longer term strategies to help young people develop resilience. The course also covers the specific areas of exam-related anxiety and gives practical advice on anxiety about the transition from primary to secondary education.


Using Alumina with Young People

Are you working with young people who self-harm and wondering how you can practically help? If the answer is yes, then Alumina is a 6-week ground breaking support programme for young people who are struggling with self-harming behaviour. This course provides you with the skills and confidence to run Alumina in whatever setting you are working in.

Alumina is an interactive workbook based resource that can be used in a one to one or group setting to help young people better understand their self-harm, explore alternatives and take the first steps towards a place of recovery. The material is a balance of practical and reflective activities and provides each young person with a journal to track their individual journey.


More information

  • Duration: 1.5-6 hours (twilight sessions available in some locations).
  • Courses suitable for: All those working professionally with young people.
  • Cost: Prices range from £250- £1500 depending on course location, duration and group size (price on application).
  • Group size: All of our courses are designed for groups of up to 25, however we run a discount for groups of 15 or under.
  • Equipment required: Access to projector / whiteboard and audio.
  • Types of organisations who have accessed our training include schools (secondary, primary and SEN), colleges, universities, county councils, residential housing projects, youth organisations, pupil referral units, fostering agencies, Children Services, voluntary organisations and faith groups.
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