Guest Colleagues – Social, Emotional & Mental Health

Mind Matters

Jane McNeice is a professional trainer in mental health, running her own training company, Mind Matters, which delivers to leading business names in the UK.  She is also an associate trainer for Mental Health First Aid England, delivering a range of MHFA courses, including the 2 day Youth Mental Health First Aid training, and 1 day MHFA for Schools & Colleges courses.


Steve Russell

The spring of 2015 took delegates through Pamela Levin’s theory underlying the Cycle of Development. This was a very successful session, which resonated with many delegates, helping them to understand some of the reasons why children may present with negative or concerning behaviours. Steve Russell’s Behaviour Wall helped us immensely to see the progressing stages of this Cycle of Development.

Now, in 2020, we are delighted to be welcoming Steve’s work to the Forum once again, as we delve deeper into supporting attachment and self-esteem and recognising the impact of trauma.

THRIVE Approach

In Autumn 2016, we welcome Viv Trask-Hall from the Thrive Approach to explain how they use this same underlying theory for whole staff development and training. Thrive helps adults prepare children and young people for life’s emotional ups and downs.​​

The Approach teaches you how to be, and what to do, with children’s differing and sometimes challenging behaviour. As a result, children become more self-assured and ready to engage with life and learning.

Based on neuroscience and attachment research, THRIVE training provides a targeted intervention. All practice is underpinned by Thrive-Online, an assessment tool and extensive action planning resource that charts progress and measures outcomes.

Thrive provides training for professionals who work closely with children and young people from birth to adulthood, and it fully involves parents in the process as well.

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