Adolescence Licensed Practitioner

Learn how to effectively support young people through the various stages of adolescence – improve learning and enhance mental health and wellbeing.


At a glance

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Course duration

14 sessions

Delivery method

Delivery method

Virtual AM, PM or evening sessions

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Price per place from

£1795 excl. VAT

Wise Investment Guarantee


Course Outcomes

Thrive Licensed Practitioner training empowers you to actively develop the emotional wellbeing and resilience of the young people you work with. Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Adolescence Licensed Practitioner status.

You’ll learn how to equip young people with vital social and emotional skills that will help them to effectively cope with stress, overcome adversity, and build their confidence and self-esteem. You’ll explore how to help pupils better understand and manage their emotions, so they can bounce back from challenges rather than becoming overwhelmed (which can lead to shut down or explosive behaviour). This also has a positive impact on attendance, learning outcomes and staff wellbeing.

Thrive Licensed Practitioner training will give you:

  • The tools to identify young people with under-developed social and emotional skills
  • Practical strategies to help form strong relationships and provide positive experiences that shape behaviour
  • The knowledge to work with pupils whose social and emotional development has been interrupted, to build their skills and strengthen their stress regulation systems
  • A calm, motivated group of young people who are ready to engage with life and learning

What’s included in the training and how is it delivered?

  • 3 months’ live, interactive online training with experienced Thrive experts
  • Individual feedback and support to complete the course
  • E-learning modules full of additional theory, videos, resources and opportunities to connect with other delegates
  • Mentoring on your case loads by Thrive specialists
  • Advice, guidance and clear steps to take with young people who are causing you concern
  • A 100-page Thrive Delegate Reference Manual to keep and refer back to after your course
  • Access to networks of Thrive Licensed Practitioners to share best practice with and gain advice


Who is it for?

This course 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.

Please note: Prices are for courses starting on or after 1 September 2023. Price also includes Thrive membership, professional licensing on successful completion of the course, plus two CPD webinars in your first year.

Jo Richardson - Lead Practitioner

Jo Richardson
Lead Practitioner for Pastoral Progress, Northcott School &
Sixth Form College.

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“As a member of SLT, I wanted to change the ethos of the school to a trauma informed approach. We’ve embedded Thrive as a whole school approach so all our pupils benefit which has led to reduced behavioural incidents and improved attendance.”

Steve Portues

Steven Portues
Pastoral Intervention Coordinator & Thrive Licensed Practitioner, Acklam Grange School.

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“I find the neuroscience side of Thrive fascinating and enjoy helping young people understand how their brains work. A young person I work with had very low confidence and self-esteem, now they’re unrecognisable – confident, social and excited about the future.”

Specific requirements:
This is a practical, hands-on course that gives you tools and techniques to put into action along the way. For you to be able to apply the skills you learn, and to be professionally licensed, you will need to be working with young people over a period of time. Evidence of this is needed to become qualified. Full attendance is also required to gain Licensed status.

Face-to-face training: For settings that would like to commission a face-to-face training session, there is a flat rate charge of £450 per trainer per day (or part thereof) plus VAT.

Wise Investment Guarantee: If a Licensed Practitioner leaves a setting within 12 months of starting their course, we'll train another member of staff for free within 12 months of the original start date.

Thrive-Online: This course includes a free 3-month trial of Thrive-Online, our award-winning assessment, action-planning and progress-monitoring tool.

Retaining your licence: If you wish to retain your Thrive Licensed Practitioner status beyond year one, you will need to be connected to a setting with a Thrive-Online subscription and complete two CPD courses per annum.


Thrive training exceeded my expectations and it has brought me huge benefits professionally and personally. It’s been an amazing journey that has completely transformed me."

Samantha Strange. Personalised Learning Centre Manager, Northfields School and Sports College.



What you'll learn

During the virtual training sessions, you'll explore:

  • 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 the right support in place 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 pupils, as well as individual action plans to support the needs of those 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

The course is structured into 12 virtual training sessions, each 3 hours long, with 2 e-mentoring sessions:

Module 1: Adolescence Thrive right-time approach

Session 1: Introducing the Thrive Approach
Session 2: The impact of stress and the benefits of a relational approach
Session 3: Interdependence
Session 4: ESSENCE and implementation

Module 2: Adolescence Thrive reparative approach

Session 5: Attuning to the emotional experience of adolescence
Session 6: Entering Interdependence and reparative needs at adolescence

E-mentoring session 1

Session 7: Exploring Interdependence, understanding the self and understanding behaviour
Session 8: Practising Interdependence, relationship, rupture and repair
Session 9: Securing Interdependence, nurture and structure
Session 10: Supporting young people with loss

E-mentoring session 2

Session 11: Applying the theory to practice
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)


Dates and times

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Upcoming Scheduled Dates

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