Building Emotional Health in Adolescence

NEW COURSE... Introductory training for those interested in using the Thrive Approach as a right-time approach to wellbeing for all young people.

4 sessions
Costs from: £368
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Course overview

This new course will provide you with a good understanding of how Thrive can build the emotional health and wellbeing of all young people in your setting, specifically as a whole-setting approach. Adolescence is a time of huge opportunity for teenagers to develop their emotional resilience as they experience a burst in brain development, a changing body and the challenge of transition to adulthood. Thrive training will support you to help the young people you work with to manage stress and build their emotional resilience.

Leading to Thrive Emotional Health Practitioner status, the course also demonstrates how to use Thrive-Online, a  web-based profiling, measuring and monitoring tool, for group screening and action-planning. Plus, you will explore some of the strategies and activities that can be used for right-time support with young people in group settings, without increasing your workload.

To be recognised as a Thrive Emotional Health Practitioner, you will need to be an authorised user of Thrive-Online, a profiling, measuring and monitoring tool, through a whole-setting subscription.

Suitable for

Building Emotional Health in Adolescence is ideal for any practitioner working alongside secondary school aged children (11 to 18 year olds) who is interested in enhancing their classroom, pastoral or SEND emotional health practice: teachers, teaching assistants, student support and pastoral staff, heads of year and any other staff that interact with the students on a daily basis.

No previous qualifications are required to undertake this course, other than being comfortable with day-to-day use of a laptop or tablet, having a role working with young people and wanting to make a difference.

If you need to reschedule your course attendance because you have Covid or have to isolate, the first rearrangement is free, a subsequent rearrangement will incur an admin fee of £50 plus VAT and any further rescheduling will be charged at £100 plus VAT.

For settings that would like to commission a face-to-face training session, there is a flat rate charge of £300 per trainer per day (or part thereof) plus VAT.

Please note prices are for courses starting on or after 1 September 2021.


Course content

The training will cover:

  • The Thrive Approach and its underpinning theory and established neuroscience.
  • The links between social and emotional development and learning outcomes, including how to maximise learning potential to raise standards of achievement.
  • How to develop a practice-focussed, trauma-sensitive and attachment-informed approach that supports the social and emotional health of all young people.
  • Developmentally appropriate expectations of behaviour during adolescence and what this behaviour communicates.
  • How to support the vulnerabilities and opportunities of adolescence.
  • How to use key relational skills in your work with all young people.
  • Using the Thrive-Online assessment and action-planning tool to screen young people for right-time emotional and social development.
  • Interpreting the Thrive-Online data to plan specific strategies and activities that support the wellbeing of key groups of young people in your setting.
  • Incorporating strategies and activities into your everyday practice, routines and structures.
  • Evidencing the progress of young people and demonstrating the impact of the Thrive Approach.
  • The role of Thrive Licensed Practitioners and how to support them effectively.



Course structure

The course is delivered as four 3-hour live virtual sessions:

  • Session 1 – Thinking about ourselves and our self-awareness.
  • Session 2 – Understanding stress and supporting the wellbeing of all young people.
  • Session 3 – Theory and practice of Thrive as a right-time approach.
  • Session 4 – How to make the most of the opportunities of adolescence.

Course outcomes

Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Emotional Health Practitioner status. By the end of this course you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to take a practical approach to embedding Thrive in your setting to support the wellbeing of all young people. You will be able to use the Thrive Approach as a daily resource to support age-appropriate social and emotional development for every young person to improve their learning outcomes.

If you would like to further develop your understanding with a more reparative focus, you may be interested in the Thrive Adolescence Licensed Practitioner training.


Where can I find upcoming Thrive training in my area?

All Thrive training is now delivered by our experienced Thrive trainers using a mix of live webinars, e-learning sessions and e-mentoring. On the Thrive training pages you can find dates for courses running throughout the year. We also have a team of regional Relationship Managers who are happy to help – meet the regional team here.

Can I complete Thrive training as an individual or do I need to be part of an organisation?

To become a Thrive Licensed Practitioner you will need to be working with children on a regular basis and be able to carry out Thrive-Online assessments to pass the course. We recommend volunteering at a school if this is not possible in your current role.

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