Supporting the Social Emotional Mental Health of Children in Schools

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Supporting the Social Emotional Mental Health of Children in Schools

Programme Overview
Mental Health & Wellbeing 
Delivery Model Face to Face sessions
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material 
  • AED 2190 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school.
  • If you would like bespoke, in-school training, please contact Rebecca ( for more information.
Deadline booking date
Wednesday 18th January 2023
Date of Training
Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th February 2023
Time (UAE) 8:30am to 3:30pm UAE Time
Location Nord Anglia International School, Dubai 
Target audience


This training is for those who are working to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. It is aimed at those who are working directly with students, whether they have prior training in Social Emotional Mental health or not.

It is appropriate for all school staff at Primary and Secondary schools. The focus is on reviewing and developing an understanding of theory as well as enhancing the techniques necessary to have effective one to one and small group relationships with children and young people. It is appropriate for those who are new to the SEMH agenda and those who regularly have pastoral responsibilities.

Aims of the course

Counselling approaches:

Participants will be invited to reflect upon their work and share their understanding of different approaches to supporting SEMH.  They will consider their own skills and areas of development in terms of their work with children. Participants will be encouraged to apply new thinking and counselling techniques relevant to their role with children and young people.

Intended outcomes

Participants will:

  • Consider the range of factors which impact on a young person’s behaviour and explore various approaches to working for change
  • Understand stages of motivation and the impact this has on the child
  • Know about and be able to describe effective ways of communicating with children, young people and their families
  • Examine techniques and approaches for further emotional understanding and growth in children
  • Consider the nature and purpose of counselling skills and to consider their place within the range of helping strategies available to participants in the work setting
  • Develop an awareness of the various approaches in counselling, with specific reference to an education setting and experience some of these approaches
  • Consider the underlying principles and practice of circle time and group work

Claire Wong

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Claire Wong, NPQSL has a wealth of experience after graduating with a degree in Criminology and spending the last 17 years working on the social Emotional Behavioural agenda within schools, working with all age ranges from early years up to post 16 education. Claire has extensive professional and academic qualifications focusing on therapeutic approaches and leadership in working with children and young people. During her time in education she has led on various national government initiatives and local projects all surrounding the inclusion of children and young people experiencing difficulties and believes supporting the mental health agenda is crucial in ensuring all of our children and young people can fulfil their own true potential. Claire has fulfilled the role of chair of governors/ governor within local schools and is committed to her local area and beyond. Claire is an experienced trainer, working for both schools, local authorities and other organisations to ensure the workforce is equipped and confident in managing and supporting our most vulnerable young people and families. Claire is passionate and dedicated in ensuring the best outcomes for all.

Programme details:

This training is for those who are working to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.


Day 1
08:30 Registration and refreshments
08:45 Understanding Behaviour
10:00 Coffee Break
10:15 Understanding motivation
12:15 Lunch
13:15 Building helping relationships and communicating effectively with Children and young people
15:30 Close of day 1
Day 2
08:30 Registration and refreshments – Review of day 1
08:45 Promoting young people’s SEMH and social skills
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Helping Skills
13:30 Lunch Break
14:30 Circle time and group work


About Minds Ahead

Mind Ahead’s vision is to revolutionise mental health in schools and colleges for generations to come. We change pupils’ mental health for the better by providing the only postgraduate, specialist qualifications to school leaders, teachers and staff. We also train and offer bespoke consultancy services across the education sector. We have established, with Leeds Beckett University, the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools and developed the Schools’ Mental Health Quality Mark.

Staff members taking our qualifications develop frameworks and strategies that draw on the latest academic research from around the globe but are tailored to their particular setting’s unique needs. They develop the confidence and skills to effectively support mental health needs of pupils, staff and parents in their school community which they practice alongside studying.


Claire Wong
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