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 12 virtual training sessions (each 3 hours), 2 e-learning (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 are experiencing a burst in brain development, a changing body and challenging transitions as they progress on their journey to adulthood. These changes provide a window of opportunity to help young people 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; helping 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 subscription. This subscription will need to be in place for day one of training.

Full attendance is required for you to gain your professional licensed status at the end of the course.

No previous qualifications are required other than being comfortable with day-to-day use of a laptop or tablet, and having the capacity to enjoy working with young people.

Please note: All sessions are run on the Zoom platform.

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 2022. 


Course content

The course is delivered through a combination of online and trainer led virtual learning, spread out over a period of approximately 16–22 weeks, depending on the delivery format you choose and when the course is being delivered. The content of the course includes:

  • the essential theory and neuroscience that underpins the Thrive Approach
  • how the brain changes during adolescence and how this impacts on young people’s emotional wellbeing and behaviour
  • the four stages of adolescent social and emotional development from ages 11–25
  • key strategies for building supportive relationships
  • the role of the arts, play and creativity in supporting social and emotional development
  • how to put in place right-time and reparative support for the young people in your setting
  • how to use Thrive-Online to assess the social and emotional needs of all students
  • how to create group action plans to support the development of all students, as well as individual action plans to support the needs of students who struggle to access learning
  • strategies for embedding Thrive in your setting and supporting your colleagues to work more effectively with young people.

Course structure

Learning will take place over the course of 12 three-hour trainer-led virtual online sessions divided into two modules, which are delivered either weekly or in blocks every third week. In addition, the virtual sessions are supported by 2 e-learning modules and 2 e-mentoring sessions. Upon successful completion, you will gain your Thrive Adolescence Practitioner Licence.

1. Pre-course material released


Module 1: Adolescence Thrive right-time approach

2. Session 1: Introducing the Thrive Approach

3. Session 2: The impact of stress and the benefits of a relational approach

4. Session 3: Interdependence

5. Session 4: ESSENCE and implementation


Module 2: Adolescence Thrive reparative approach

6. Session 5: Attuning to the emotional experience of adolescence

7. Session 6: Entering Interdependence and reparative needs at adolescence

8. E-mentoring session 1

9. Session 7: Exploring Interdependence, understanding the self and understanding behaviour

10. Session 8: Practising Interdependence, relationship, rupture and repair

11. Session 9: Securing Interdependence, nurture and structure

12. Session 10: Supporting young people with loss

13. E-mentoring session 2

14. Session 11: Applying the theory to practice

15. Session 12: Becoming a Thrive Licensed Practitioner


E-learning modules

The e-learning modules run in parallel with Module 2:

    • Module 3: Adolescence Thrive in practice (required)
    • Module 4: Adolescence Thrive supplementary resources (optional)

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.


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