Adolescence Licensed Practitioner

This course provides you with the evidence-based skills and knowledge to effectively support young people through the various stages of adolescence – improving learning and enhancing emotional wellbeing and mental health. It can also address any troubled, or troubling, behaviours, providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.

The practical application of the theory and concepts of the Thrive Approach are at the centre of what you will learn, as well as the use of Thrive-OnlineTM (TOL) for profiling, action planning, and measuring progress.

Key Information
  • Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Adolescence Licensed Practitioner status
  • Ideal for anyone working closely with adolescents in a teaching, healthcare or social care role
  • The course is structured into 3 e-learning modules with 8 virtual training sessions (each 3 hours), 2 Thrive-Online sessions (each 1.5 hours) and 2 e-mentoring sessions (each 1.5 hours)

Please note - these courses require a chargeable Thrive-Online software subscription to be in place by the first day of the course.

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Course Information

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Course overview

Adolescence is a time of self-exploration, creative expression and transformation. Young people experience a burst in brain development, a changing body and challenging transitions as they progress on their journey to adulthood. This provides an amazing window of opportunity to help them become more emotionally resilient and open to learning.

Informed by the latest advances in neuroscience, as well as attachment theory and child development, the Thrive Approach enables you to seize the opportunities of adolescence and create a safe and emotionally healthy environment for the young people in your setting.

This Thrive Licensed Practitioner virtual training course, tailored for those working alongside adolescents, will equip you with the essential skills needed to support the social and emotional development of all young people. It will help them to develop healthy stress regulation systems, strengthen their emotional resilience and ultimately protect them from potential mental health difficulties.

The course will show you how the brain and body change during adolescence and the impact this can have on their behaviour. Our experienced trainers will explore with you how to work alongside young people, how to scaffold their development and respond appropriately to their emotions, and importantly how you can reassure them that the changes they are going through are normal.

You will also explore how Thrive-Online, our profiling and action-planning tool, can be used to identify the social and emotional needs of the young people you work with. You will be shown how to identify the relevant strategies and action plans that will support their development.

Suitable for

This course, leading to Thrive Licensed Practitioner status, is ideal for anyone working closely with adolescents in a teaching, healthcare or social care role. It is particularly beneficial to professionals with pastoral responsibilities, including safeguarding, special educational needs, SEMH education or a tutor role.

There are no previous qualifications 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.

Price also includes: Thrive membership, professional licensing on successful completion of the course, plus two CPD webinars in your first year.

Specific requirements: To be professionally licensed you will need to be an authorised user of Thrive-Online through an annual whole-school subscription. This subscription needs to be in place for day one of your training. Full attendance is required to gain Licensed status.

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.

If sessions need to be rearranged for any other reason, the first rearrangement is free 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

During the virtual training sessions, you will learn about:

  • the essential theory and neuroscience that underpins the Thrive Approach
  • changes to the brain and body of an adolescent, and the impact on their wellbeing and behaviour
  • developing your professional practice with a focus on self-awareness and your relational stance
  • ways to teach young people about the changes happening during adolescence
  • right-time and reparative support for adolescent social and emotional development
  • how to use Thrive-Online to assess the social and emotional needs of students, in small groups and individually
  • how to develop and implement action plans that support the needs of students who struggle to access learning, and how to review their progress
  • common strategies for embedding Thrive in your setting and supporting your colleagues to work more effectively with young people.

Course structure

The course is structured into 3 e-learning modules with 8 virtual training sessions (each 3 hours), 2 Thrive-Online sessions (each 1.5 hours) and 2 e-mentoring sessions (each 1.5 hours):

  1. Pre-course module material released with online activities
  2. Virtual training session 1 – Exploring the adolescent world
  3. Thrive-Online session 1
  4. Virtual training session 2 – Understanding reparative needs
  5. E-mentoring session 1
  6. Virtual training session 3 – Looking back through the lens of adolescence
  7. Thrive-Online session 2
  8. Virtual training session 4 – Making connections
  9. Virtual training sessions 5 – Places, spaces and people
  10. Virtual training session 6 – Responding to change
  11. E-mentoring session 2
  12. Virtual training session 7 – Planning for change
  13. Virtual training session 8 – Celebrating change

Course outcomes

Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Adolescence Licensed Practitioner status. You will have acquired the additional skills and knowledge to implement the Thrive Approach to benefit all students (right-time), and be able to work with individual students needing additional support (reparative).

To maintain your licensed status you need to attend Thrive CPD courses and actively use Thrive-Online. The annual criteria is to gain 10 CPD points and profile/re-profile a minimum of three individuals.



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.

To talk through our training courses and to discuss funding options, contact our Relationship Development team on 01392 797555 or

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