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Course Date

September 3, 2020

Course Cost

£125.00 per day

Registration and refreshments from 9.00 am.

Course Time

09:30 - 17:00


Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

19 North Bridge

To register for the waiting list, please email

Cancellation and refund policy

  • Cancellations must be advised in writing/email 6 working days prior to the event.
  • We welcome substitute delegates attending in your place at no additional cost.
  • A refund will not be granted if a registrant fails to attend or cancels within 6 working days prior to the event.
  • For residential courses cancellation must be advised 28 days prior to the event.

Course Description

For Pastoral Care Staff

This event has been rescheduled from 19 & 20 March 2020

7 day programme

Booking on day one will secure your place on this 7 day programme, please note all dates below.

The Scottish Government has cited improving the mental health of the population as a national priority.  In this context, there is a vast body of evidence which advocates that practitioners require enhanced training to allow them to support pupils with their mental health problems.  Following a survey of school staff, in January 2018, SAMH published their findings Going to be .. well-trained which reported that only 12% of teachers who had responded felt that they had adequate training in mental health.  More recently (13 September 2018) report by The Auditor General and the Accounts Commission called for a "step change": uncovering "patchy" provision for help.  SCIS are committed to supporting schools in this respect.  In addition to populating the Professional Learning programme with one-off seminars and events, we are have developed a 3-tier pathway to equip colleagues with the requisite professional learning to support children and young people in this important area. Tier 3 is our CBT Informed Mental Health Pathway.

Session 2019-20 will see a third co-hort embark on our CBT informed mental health programme.  The overall purpose is to provide a psychological framework to support pastoral teachers in their interactions with pupils in schools.  Content will arise from core psychological theory and relate directly to:

• Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing objectives

• Competencies included in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) competency    framework and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy competency framework

• Boundaries of confidentiality and role will be explored through consideration of the importance of the school culture/context.

Recent colleagues on the programme have stated that this professional learning has been instrumental in developing their professional knowledge, skills and abilities in this context.

The programme has been thoughtfully and carefully devised in collaboration with SCIS and colleagues responsible for the South of Scotland Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme. 

An overview of the focus of each day is:

Day 1 - 14 Nov 2019:  Understanding mental health, Introduction to the CBT model, supervision

Day 2 - 15 Nov 2019:  Building therapeutic relationships, developing communication skills

Day 3 - 23 Jan 2020:   Anxiety

Day 4 – 24 Jan 2020:  Depression

Day 5 – 03 Sept 2020: Eating Disorders and Self-harm

Day 6 - 04 Sept 2020: Structuring a wellbeing session, further supervision considerations

In addition to the above, there will be a final consultancy day.

The programme will be delivered utilising a range of approaches including: direct didactic teaching; experiential exercises; reflective exercises; and small group discussion.

On successful completion participants will receive certification from the provider. We are currently preparing the programme for GTCS Professional Recognition and anticipate participants will have the opportunity to achieve Recognition in Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People

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