This 7-day modular training course has been developed to enable school staff themselves to become Attachment Leads in their schools and local authorities. The course is for those determined to provide alternative practices to enable all pupils to be fully included in school making the most of all the educative opportunities on offer. The course is rooted in attachment awareness and trauma informed practices. By attending to the attachment systems of individual pupils, these pupils can settle to learn. This course will be based on the latest findings around interventions to support those affected by developmental trauma, loss and insecurity of attachment. The course will complement the book ‘Settling troubled pupils to learn: Why relationships matter in School’ co-authored by Louise Michelle Bomber and Dan Hughes. The course will enable staff to identify and assess the need for alternative, additional support in school and to set up integrative support plans for individual pupils over 2-3 years.
Aimed primarily at both education support staff (TAs/Mentors) and their Senior Managers (INCOs, SENCOs, Assistant Heads) who are determined to include pupils in their schools who are vulnerable, a cause for concern, in need, at risk, in care, on special guardianships or adopted. However Virtual School Head teachers, the Virtual School team and various behaviour outreach services. Educational Psychologists have also participated as part of their doctorates at Queens University in Belfast. Those who have recently gained Attachment Lead status are listed on the following website: www.attachmentleadnetwork.net
With full attendance and successful completion of course work students are awarded higher education credit by the University of Brighton.
The impact of developmental trauma and loss, the developmental trauma tree, insecure attachment, intersubjectivity, the brain and vagal tone, developmental vulnerability, behaviour as communication, the attachment support pyramid for schools, preventative work, adaption & recovery
Reflective practice, Fact files, observations, checklists, different attachment styles, emotional & social age, the developmental trauma framework for assessment, working together with home and outside agencies, reflecting upon the current systems in place in school, honouring difference and diversity
Creating an individual development plan, facilitating a secure base, setting up protected space and time, sensory breaks, differentiating emotional & social tasks & expectations, the allocation of an appropriate key adult, identifying the team around the child, secondary stress management and support, engaging in preventative work
Relational interventions using PACE, practicing relative dependency, reflective function, emotional regulation, holding a pupil in mind, intro to Theraplay, complimentary intention, holding onto success, co-modelling, co-regulation, commentaries, wondering aloud, advocacy
Meet and greet, preparation, overwhelm, disappointment rituals, holding on, memory cards, being sensory detectives, tight team work, constancy, creating pauses, memory building
The difference between guilt and shame, the build-up of shame, the presentation of toxic shame, enabling clear thinking, use of parts language, safe spaces, exit plans, the mismatch of motives and intentions, reclaiming and rethinking discipline, connection before correction
Course participants are encouraged to use this day to refine their knowledge and understanding, consolidating their learning into action within their individual school contexts. Preparation for their taster twilight session. Gathering and creating resources. Whole school policies will be considered. Looking to the future……. Keeping the momentum going!
Day 1 – 12th January 2018
Day 2 – 2nd March 2018
Day 3 – 20th April 2018
Day 4 – 18th May 2018
Day 5 – 8th June 2018
Day 6 – 4th July 2018
Day 7 – 28th September 2018
Sussex County Cricket Ground, County Ground, Eaton Rd, Hove BN3 3AN
Total cost of the course per person is £785.
We would need to receive your expression of interest and completed application form for the course by 15th December 2017.
Please contact Keeley de Freese, TouchBase Co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. There are a total number of 24 places on this course.
Your individual deposit invoice of £500 must be paid by 20th December 2017.
Your individual final invoice payment of £285 must be paid by 12th January 2018.