Mental Health Awareness for Teachers and Support Staff working with 16-19 Students | Lighthouse Professional Development

Mental Health Awareness for Teachers and Support Staff working with 16-19 Students

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This programme is aimed at staff at all levels working in FE and Sixth

Form settings: staff working in teaching, support or front of house roles.


It is an inter-active course, covering many of the key skills and

knowledge that teachers and support staff working with (or

approached by) students need to know.


This training day includes:

• An overview of mental health issues particularly prevalent within

the 16-19 age group

• How to offer practical support to students

• Practical tips for staff in working with vulnerable learners

• Know how to define “Mental Health” and “Mental Distress”

• Banishing some of the myths around mental illness

• The barriers that students with mental health issues might

   encounter and you can help them

• Working in a supportive & empathic way with people with mental

   health issues



Arrival, registration and coffee


Restaurant Lunch


Welcome and introduction of trainer and delegates

Mental Health – a brief overview

• What do we mean by “Mental Health?” and “Mental


• Mental disorder and classification

• Where do personality disorders fit in?


Understanding what’s going on for our mental health service

users - how to be supportive

• Emotional arousal and intervention – keeping things calm

• What techniques have you used in the past?

• Why “Validation” is so important in working with our service users

• A word about relationships and attachment theory


Practical things about this work….

• Where to go for more help

• Referring students on

• Taking your work home

• Staying safe




Evaluation and close of course


Our students with mental health issues…..

• What do they get from coming to us?

• What do they want from coming to us?

• What are the barriers experienced by our learners?

• How do we start to break these barriers down?



Paul C

Paul has worked in education for 20 years specialising in both mental health and brain-based learning. He ran the Supported Learning Department in a London College with a team of 35 staff and is well aware of the issues that staff, teams and managers face in working closely with vulnerable students.

brief includes responsibility for all aspects of mental health and SEN legislation. He has also completed a well-regarded Counselling in Education course, a Coaching course with the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, and is a recognised trainer for the National Autistic Society. Paul has regularly works with organisations such as MIND, Mencap and the Maudsley Hospital.

Suitable for: 
Senior/Secondary, Special Schools, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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