About our Training
Solihull Approach training offers professionals a highly practical way of working with families within a robust theoretical framework, through well-established face-to-face training sessions and a variety of resources and manuals.
There are a range of trainings for professionals working with families with babies, children and young people. These can include Health Visitors, School Nurses, Nursery Nurses, Doctors, Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Midwives, Primary Mental Health Care Workers, Sure Start Teams, Early Years Development, Child Care Partnerships, Social Workers, CAMHS, Children's Centres, Family Support workers and Professionals working in Education e.g. Nurture Assistants, Learning Mentors and Educational Welfare Officers.
How can I attend training?
dividuals can attend multiagency trainings held in Solihull.
Or, we can deliver in-house training to a group of up to 12 practitioners in your local area.
2 Day Foundation Trainings (2DF)
All practitioners start with our 2 Day Foundation training, to introduce them to the Solihull Approach and how it can be used in their daily work on a one-to-one basis.
The Solihull Approach offers a two-day foundation-training course for groups of professionals around the UK, both in the NHS and other agencies, such as Sure Start and Children’s Centres, schools and other agencies. The Solihull Approach Multi agency training is designed for Care Professionals working with babies, young children and school-aged children, young people and their families to support the use of the Solihull Approach.
We have found that two-day training with about two weeks between the days seems to work.
You will also need copies of the resource packs for each professional. We have found that people prefer to have their own copy to enable access to the pack at their workplace.
We have also found that in order to support professionals continued use of the Solihull Approach it is extremely beneficial to put into place a plan for ongoing support before the training begins. Many areas have found a variety of ways of providing support, for example: liaising with the local Child and Mental Health Service, Primary Mental Health Workers or an appropriate professional. Some professionals have case discussion groups or telephone contact. If you would like to discuss this area of development further please contact us at the Solihull Approach office.Once established in their practice professionals may wish to cascade training throughout their teams. To enable this we have developed a Trainers' Manual and Train the Trainer training which is available after completing the Solihull Approach 2-Day Foundation Training.
For further information please see Costs, Bookings and Orders.
Core 2 Day Foundation training
The multiagency trainings held in Solihull for individuals to attend are suitable for practitioners from various organisations, both for those working with the under-5s and school-age children.
The resource packs can then be used to consolidate and deepen knowledge of the Approach, learn more about specific issues, make copies of handouts for parents, etc.
In-house group trainings can be tailored to be specific for the age-group or area with which the delegates work:
First Five Years 2 Day Foundation training
For Children's Centre workers, Health Visitors, Family Support Workers, etc.
The First Five Years resource pack has a comprehensive set of handouts for parents on various issues in the first five years: sleeping, weaning, toiletting, playing, emotional and physical development.
School Years 2 Day Foundation training
For School Nurses, teachers, Outreach Workers, and care professionals working with school-aged children/young people.
The School Years resource pack looks at various issues for children and young people: bullying, eating disorders, temper tantrums and anger management, sexual health and sexuality, mood disorder and depression, etc.
Antenatal 2 Day Foundation training FLYER
For midwives, children's centre workers, health visitors, Infant Feeding Coordinators, and anyone working in the antenatal or neonatal fields, to help practitioners have a positive influence on parents' experience of pregnancy and birth and the subsequent parent/ child relationship.
The Antenatal: Journey to Parenthood resource pack offers a wide range of information on in utero development, baby brain development, the birth experience, fathers' emotional responses to pregnancy and birth, unplanned or unwanted babies, teenage parents, parents with a disability or mental health problems, feeding, etc.
Fostering & Adoption 2 Day Foundation training FLYER
For Social Workers, Looked After Children teams, Adoption teams, practitioners working in Safeguarding teams and with troubled families, etc. This training looks more at attachment than the other Foundation trainings.
The Fostering & Adoption resource pack covers a variety of issues, including: the effects of abuse and neglect on the brain, bullying, sleep problems, mood disorder and depressions, self-harm, bedwetting and soiling, preventing and managing challenging behaviour.
Whole School Training FLYER
This course delivers the Solihull Approach Foundation training to an entire school staff, including caretakers, school governors, etc. It can be delivered as a one-full-day training followed by a one twilight-hour 2 weeks later, or as 2 full days.
These trainings are for practitioners who have not previously attended any Solihull Approach training - or for those who have, but feel that they would benefit from a refresher of the concepts before going on to train as group facilitators on Day 2.
Antenatal Foundation & Antenatal Parenting Group Facilitators' 2 Day training FLYER
This combined training will introduce practitioners to the Solihull Approach on Day 1, and then on Day 2 will train them to facilitate the 5-week 'Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby' antenatal parenting group, integrating traditional antenatal advice with preparing parents to have a relationship with their baby.
Foster Carer Foundation & Foster Carer Course Facilitators' 2 Day training FLYER
Day 1 still introduces workers to the Approach and its use on a one-to-one, daily basis, then Day 2 will focus on facilitating the 12-week 'Understanding your foster child's behaviour' course.
When facilitating groups there must be 2 facilitators, and each must have their own Facilitators' Manual.
Parenting Group Facilitators' training FLYER
To be able to facilitate the 10-week 'Understanding your child's behaviour' group for parents (part of the CANparent voucher scheme). Facilitators' Manual available.
Antenatal Parenting Group Facilitators' training
To be able to facilitate the 5-week 'Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby' antenatal parenting group, combining traditional antenatal advice with preparing families to have a relationship with their baby. Facilitators' Manual available.
Foster Carer Course Facilitators' training FLYER
To be able to facilitate the 12-week 'Understanding your foster child's behaviour' course for foster carers. Facilitators' Manual available.
Delegates must have previously attended the 2 Day Foundation training.
When delivering training there must be 2 trainers and each must have their own Trainers' Manual.
Train the Trainer (Foundation)
This training is for Solihull Approach-trained professionals who wish to cascade, as part of their work, the 2 Day Foundation training to other local practitioners.
Many professionals find it helpful to practice for 3-6 months before cascading the Solihull Approach, although this will be influenced by a professional's experience.
Individual professionals will have identified their own training needs and this training day is therefore designed to support and enhance a professional's current skills and knowledge.
We have developed a range of Trainers' Manuals to use when cascading the training:
Trainers' Manual - to deliver the Core 2 Day Foundation training (2DF)
Antenatal Trainers' Manual - to deliver the Antenatal 2DF training
Fostering & Adoption Trainers' Manual - to deliver the Fostering & Adoption 2DF training
Trainers do not necessarily need to have attended the training which they wish to cascade, though they will at least need access to the relevant resource pack:
So, a practitioner may attend the Core 2 Day Foundation training, then the Train the Trainer day - but if they then purchase the Antenatal Trainers' Manual and the Antenatal: Journey to Parenthood resource pack, they are able to cascade the Antenatal 2 Day Foundation training.
Parenting Train the Trainer
Delegates must have previously attended: 2 Day Foundation training AND Parenting Group Facilitators' training
AND have facilitated at least one 10-week parenting group.
This training day is for professionals who wish to cascade, as part of their work, the Parenting Group Facilitators' training to other local practitioners - so that those practitioners may facilitate the 10-week parenting group.
The training will include a Trainers' Manual to support delivery of the cascade training. The Trainers' Manual includes information about delivering each session, and practical guidance for trainers, as well as handouts, etc.
When delivering training the trainers are responsible for:
- Ensuring that those delegates they train have previously attended the 2 Day Foundation training, and providing the dates, location and trainers' names of that training
- Providing the Solihull Approach office with the dates and location of the Parenting Group Facilitators' training, and the names of those attending
- Ensuring that those they train to be facilitators purchase their own copy of the Parenting Group Facilitators' Manual