2020/21 CPD programme for Licensed Practitioners

A programme of live CPD webinars from Thrive trainers and Forging New Connections conference keynote speakers are now open for booking for 2020/21. These events will enable you as a Licensed Practitioners to refresh and add to your knowledge, while reinvigorating your Thrive practice and retaining your Licensed status.

Programme overview

Following your feedback from the Summer CPD live webinars, we are launching a new programme of CPD for the 2020/21 academic year. This will include a suite of two-hour webinars – including age-specific topics – run by Thrive trainers plus live webinars from our Forging New Connections keynote speakers.

To maintain your Licensed Practitioner status you need to achieve 10 CPD points, as in previous years. Each webinar will be worth 5 CPD points, and you can choose to join any two (or more) of the following sessions.

In addition to the live CPD webinars, you could also consider the Course Leader for Family Thrive course or the Thrive Train-the-Trainer course.

New CPD topics for 2020/21:

  • Developing a Relational Policy – using the Relate-Rupture-Repair cycle to support behaviour
  • Bridging the Gap – further supporting children with individual action plans with right-time learning
  • 1825 Days – the incredible Early Years
  • Tales from the Teenage Brain – the opportunity of Adolescence.

Confirmed conference keynote speakers:

  • Kim S Golding

Bookings are now open for some sessions.

Thrive Trainer Live CPD Webinars

NEW Developing a Relational Policy - using the Relate-Rupture-Repair cycle to support behaviour

In Thrive we believe that managing behaviour is not about finding the right set of rules, it’s about finding the right relationships. This webinar will help you to begin to write a relational policy for your setting. You will receive a relational policy scaffold to consider and to adapt for the needs of the children and young people you work with, together with advice and guidance for implementation. More info...

NEW Bridging the Gap - further supporting children with individual actions plans for right-time learning

How do the Thrive right-time and reparative models work in the classroom setting? Should children working 1-to-1 with action plans at Being, Doing or Thinking also be included in class action plans? How can children with earlier interruptions be supported by staff in the classroom? This webinar will deepen your skills as the Licensed Practitioner, helping you to advise colleagues in the classroom with optimal ways of supporting children with Thrive action plans. More info...

NEW 1825 Days - the incredible Early Years

The first five years of life can lay such important foundations for the rest of childhood and beyond. Would you like to know more about how our brains learn through play? What are the right types of relationship and adult support needed? What equipment and environment best supports the child’s curiosity and love of life? This webinar will help you understand how to provide the optimal experiences for our youngest children.

NEW Tales from the Teenage Brain - the opportunity of Adolescence

The neuronal changes that happen in the brain as a young person enters adolescence, together with changes to their body in puberty, create a huge transformation that sees them move from child to adult. Would you like to know more about the changes that happen? How can we equip ourselves and colleagues to be the 'Rock and Resource' our teenagers need? Join us in this webinar as we discover more about what there is to celebrate during the time of change and opportunity that is labelled adolescence.

Demystifying Shining the Light

Course information to follow.

It's All About Relationships

Would you like to strengthen your relationship with the children and young people you support? Do you want to know more about how to shift how you relate to children at Being, Doing and Thinking? Are you interested in developing your skills in facilitating creative arts activities? In this webinar, you will learn how to adapt your relational stance to suit the needs of individual children in order to get the most out of Thrive activities. More info...

Lending Your Thinking Brain and Captain Thinking

Course information to follow.

Making Space for Grief In and After Lockdown

During the coronavirus pandemic, many children and young people will develop a heightened awareness of loss and bereavement and some will experience it first-hand. For children, these close encounters with loss and bereavement can be particularly stressful and manifest in concerning behaviours, such as angry outbursts or withdrawal from social contact. In this webinar, you will deepen your understanding of the complex emotions evoked by a significant bereavement or loss and explore helpful ways to respond. More info...

Reconnecting After Lockdown

The coronavirus lockdown has led to significant changes in the daily lives and routines of us all. For many, the experience of social distancing and isolation is challenging and disorienting, provoking a variety of strong feelings such as anger, grief and confusion. This webinar will help you to develop your capacity to support the wider staff team to work with children who are returning from the coronavirus lockdown to a structured routine in settings. More info...


As Thrive practitioners we understand that distressed behaviour is a communication of unmet need. This understanding enables us to respond to the need by regulating and containing the emotion, rather than reacting to the behaviour. In turn, this helps the child to develop healthier ways of managing stress. Equally important to our ability to attune to the child’s needs, is being able to recognise ruptures in our relationship with a child and to repair them. In this webinar, we will explore the relate–rupture–repair cycle, looking at each of the different phases and considering how movement through the cycle helps to strengthen our relationships.

Softening the Prickles

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.

Forging New Connections conferences

Keynote Webinar Speakers

Kim S. Golding

Kim S. Golding

Kim Golding is a Clinical Psychologist living in Worcestershire, UK. Kim worked for 35 years in the NHS before becoming independent. Throughout this experience Kim has always been interested in collaborating with parents to develop their parenting skills tailored to the needs of the children they are caring for.

She was involved in the setting up and evaluation of the Integrated Service for Looked After and Adopted Children; providing support for foster, adoptive and residential parents, schools and the range of professionals around the children.

Kim is the author of several books written for parents, educational staff and practitioners supporting children with experience of developmental trauma. Kim is keen to promote the emotional and social needs of children in school settings.

She is the lead author of three observational checklist books, designed for use in educational settings: ‘Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings’ for children aged 0-4, and ‘Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in School’ for children aged 5-11 and for young people aged 11-16.

She has also co-authored, with Sian Philips and Louise Bomber, a guide to Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) for educators: ‘Working with Relational Trauma in Education’ to be published in 2020.

Kim currently sits on the board of the DDP Institute and is involved in accrediting and training other professionals in this approach. She is also one of the directors of the Community Interest Company: ‘DDP Connects UK’.

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