Softening the Prickles

Overcoming psychological defences in yourself, your colleagues and the children you work with.

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Course overview

Overcoming psychological defences in yourself, your colleagues and the children you work with.  Would you like to become a more effective leader and change-maker in your organisation? Do you want to improve your relationships with your colleagues and the children you work with? Are you interested in deepening your own self-awareness?  Strong self-awareness and the capacity to stay calm, regulated and loving in the face of challenge are vital skills for being both an effective Thrive practitioner and a powerful leader and change-maker. However, when we feel threatened, our psychological defences can sometimes prevent us from being our best selves.

In this 2-hour webinar, we will be using the metaphor of the cactus to explore the nature of psychological defences, how and why they develop and what they are protecting. Using experiential exercises, you will have the opportunity to imagine into the psychological defences of the adults and children you work with, as well as reflecting on your own defences. You will then explore how you can support yourself to be your best self, even in challenging circumstances, and how you can help others to do the same.

Suitable for

This CPD webinar is ideal for all Thrive Licensed Practitioners further developing their self-awareness so they are better able to overcome the psychological defences they put up as well as those of their colleagues and the children and young people they work with.

This 2-hour webinar is worth 5 CPD points.

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 running from 1 September 2021. 


Course content

This 2-hour webinar will give you:

  • deeper knowledge of psychological defences and how they relate to interrupted development
  • greater empathy for and understanding of your own defences and those of others
  • ways of supporting yourself to stay centred in the face of difficulty
  • practice in how to overcome the defences of others through constructive ways of relating.

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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