Summer CPD Offer

A series of live CPD webinars from Thrive trainers and the Forging New Connections conference keynote speakers will be running throughout the Summer term. These live events are an opportunity for Licensed Practitioners to refresh and add to their knowledge, while reinvigorating their Thrive practice and retaining their Licensed status.

April 2020 Update

In order to help you maintain your Thrive Licensed Practitioner status, we have been working with the Thrive trainers and the Forging New Connections conference keynote speakers - Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, Dr Jack Lewis and Kim S. Golding - to be able to offer you a menu of live webinars from which you can achieve your 10 CPD points.

For this year, we're offering a series of live webinars, each worth 5 CPD points, during June and July. You can choose any two (or more) of the following sessions. All we ask is that you let us have your choice at the time of booking, using the form below.

The cost for two live webinars is £153 (excl. VAT) with additional sessions costing £76.50 each (excl. VAT).

In addition to the live CPD webinars, you could also consider the Course Leader for Family Thrive training or the next Thrive Train-the-Trainer course in October 2020.

Forging New Connections Live Keynote Webinars

Kim S. Golding

Kim S. Golding

Webinar overview

Children who have experienced developmental trauma and difficulties with attachment grow up with a range of difficulties that include struggles with trusting adults and entering reciprocal relationships, and a shame-based sense of identity. These difficulties, combined with compromised neurodevelopment, can have a detrimental impact on a child’s ability to engage with education and to cope with peer relationships.

In this presentation, clinical psychologist Kim Golding will explore the impact of trauma and attachment difficulties on a child’s development and their capacity to engage in relationships, as well as looking at how this can compromise their ability to be successful in the classroom.

Webinar dates
  • Tuesday 30 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA5926)
  • Tuesday 7 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA5498) SOLD OUT
  • Thursday 9 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA5495)


About 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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Dr Jack Lewis

Dr Jack Lewis

Webinar overview

Do you sometimes feel exhausted and overwhelmed? Would you like to enhance your ability to stay calm amidst the busyness of school life? Are you looking for ways to equip children with the tools they need to cope with stress?

The capacity to stay calm and regulated is a vital skill – not only for children and young people, but also for Thrive practitioners who are often dealing with frequent emotionally charged situations on top of heavy workloads and intense time pressures. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn more about how mindfulness can support you with the challenges that you face.

First, you will explore the benefits of mindfulness, looking at how it impacts on the brain and body, mood and behaviour. Next, you will have the opportunity to practise a simple breathing exercise that will help you in both your work and your home life. You will then have the opportunity to discuss creative ways of introducing mindfulness into your setting to support everyone in the school community.

Webinar dates
  • Tuesday 2 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA5496)
  • Thursday 11 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA5497) SOLD OUT


About Dr Jack Lewis


Dr Lewis was awarded a first-class bachelor’s degree in neuroscience by the University of Nottingham in 2001. He obtained his PhD in 2005 from University College London, a well known hub of innovation in neuroscience. Dr Lewis has been subsequently published in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience 2010: the article concerned his work at the world-famous Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany. A few years later, in 2018, he worked in collaboration with a professor at Goldsmith’s, University of London, and an article appeared in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics.

Dr Lewis has had a varied career which has included being co-author of two books titled Sort Your Brain Out and Mice Who Sing For Sex. The latter is a collection of science stories from his fortnightly podcast Geek Chic’s Weird Science, co-presented with Radio X’s Lliana Bird (in which Dr Lewis is the geek, Ms Bird is the chic). They discuss the latest news from the weird and wonderful backwaters of science. In 2017 they turned this into a live show, recording in front of an audience at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Latitude Festival and WOMAD. This series concluded with the 100th episode and Dr Lewis is now focusing on his new YouTube channel.

His most recent publication, The Science of Sin, was launched in the UK in July 2018, and later the same year in the USA and Australia.

Dr Lewis also presents many science-related programmes for the BBC, Sky and Discovery, including two series of Secrets of the Brain for Insight TV, as well as acting as a consultant providing an informed neuroscience perspective
to industry.

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Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Webinar Overview

As human beings, we often suffer from a fear of getting things ‘wrong’, messing up, making mistakes. We strive for perfection, wanting to be a model colleague, the best practitioner, the perfect parent. And nowhere is this truer than in our relationships: we so desperately want to get it right for ourselves and those we care about. And yet, the reality is that relationships are a messy business where mistakes are inevitable.

The good news is that research shows that in any relationship the ‘mistakes’ – the moments of disconnection – matter far less than how and whether we can find our way back into connection with one another. In fact, when skilfully done, such repairs to the relationship actually serve to strengthen the bonds of the attachment. It is repairs that build trust.

In her keynote address, Dr Suzanne Zeedyk will be exploring the nature of this rupture–repair cycle in detail, looking at what the cycle is, how it operates, the barriers to repair and practical ways to overcome them. She will be asking challenging questions that lead us to enquire about our own relationship to rupture and repair, prompting insights that enhance both our personal and professional relationships. She will conclude with a message of hope: it does not matter how many times we get it wrong; what matters is our willingness to show up and connect.

  • Tuesday 9 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA5493) SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday 10 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA5494)


About Dr Suzanne Zeedyk


Dr Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to connect. Since 1993 she has been based at the University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology.

Her academic career began in the USA, where she completed her PhD at Yale University. In 2011, Suzanne stepped away from a full-time academic post in order to establish an independent training enterprise. Its aim is to help the public understand all that science has discovered about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness. It’s working! Approximately 40,000 people have now attended her speaking events, and she reaches over 50,000 people a week on social media.

In 2014 Suzanne broadened her public reach even further by founding the organisation ‘connected baby’. She and her team work to help parents and professionals make practical use of the science of connection. Suzanne’s core aspiration continues to be strengthening awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children; because these choices are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.

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Thrive Trainer Live Workshop Webinars

Workshop 1: 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? As Thrive practitioners we use activities as a vehicle through which to support a child’s needs. Making these activities effective for a child requires thought, planning and skill.

In this workshop, 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. In this workshop, we will revisit the relational stance at Being, Doing and Thinking and you will have the opportunity to observe a licensed practitioner delivering a Thrive session using a sand tray with a child at each these developmental strands. You will then be able to explore how the activity has been adapted to meet the developmental needs of each child and have a chance to refine and enhance your own skills in this area. Finally, you will use what you’ve learnt to plan a creative arts activity to support a child at each of these developmental strands.

You will come away from the workshop with:

  • a deeper insight into the relational stance at Being, Doing and Thinking
  • practical experience of observing and reflecting on Thrive in action
  • ways of supporting children with different interruptions using the same creative materials.
Webinar dates
  • Thursday 4 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6685) SOLD OUT
  • Thursday 2 July 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6686) SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday 14 July 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6755) SOLD OUT
  • Thursday 16 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6687) SOLD OUT

Workshop 2: 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 two-hour webinar, you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the complex emotions evoked by a significant bereavement or loss and explore helpful ways to respond. In particular, you will be introduced to a range of new practical strategies, activities and resources, grounded in recent research, that will enhance your work as a licensed practitioner. The work of supporting children and young people through bereavement and loss can be particularly demanding on an emotional level. In light of this, we also pay special attention to the resources and support that you already have available to you to sustain you through this work.

You will come away from this webinar with:

  • a deeper insight into what happens for children and young people who are going through bereavement and loss
  • a variety of new approaches to supporting children and young people through these stressful experiences
  • a selection of new activities, resources and techniques to draw on in your one-to-one work
  • a greater awareness of your own needs and resources.
Webinar dates
  • Thursday 11 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6697) SOLD OUT
  • Friday 12 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6696) SOLD OUT
  • Monday 15 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6698) SOLD OUT
  • Monday 22 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6699) SOLD OUT
  • Monday 29 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6700) SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday 1 July 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6701)
  • Monday 6 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6702) SOLD OUT

Workshop 3: 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 two-hour webinar will develop licensed practitioners’ capacity to support their wider staff teams to work with children who are returning from the coronavirus lockdown to a structured routine in settings. You will have the opportunity to explore some of the different ways that children and young people may have been impacted by the lockdown and how this might manifest in their behaviour. Then, you will discover some helpful ways to respond to the children and young people when they return to your setting once the lockdown has ended. In particular, you will gain some new, practical strategies, activities and resources, grounded in recent research, that will enhance your own and your colleagues’ ability to support these children and young people moving forwards.

You will come away from this webinar with:

  • a deeper insight into what happens for children and young people when they are going through experiences of significant change and loss
  • an understanding of how to support children and young people when they return from lockdown
  • a range of new activities, resources and techniques to draw on that you can share with the wider staff in your setting
  • a greater awareness of your own needs and resources.
Webinar dates
  • Tuesday 9 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6688) SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday 16 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6689) SOLD OUT
  • Friday 19 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6690) SOLD OUT
  • Monday 22 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6691) SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday 23 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6693) SOLD OUT
  • Thursday 25 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6692) SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday 8 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6684) SOLD OUT
  • Thursday 9 July 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6695)
  • Friday 10 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6694)
  • Wednesday 15 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6675) SOLD OUT
  • Monday 20 July 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6770)

Workshop 4: Relate-Rupture-Repair

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. Such ruptures are an inevitable part of relating and, provided we can repair them, help foster the child’s resilience. This is because the repeated experience of ruptures being repaired gives the child a sense of trust and safety that even when things go wrong in the relationship, they can be put right.

In this workshop, 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. In addition, we will revisit the VRFs and PACE, exploring how these relational skills can help us to repair ruptures by practising the skills in an everyday scenario. Finally, we will explore the implications of this for our work with children and young people.

You will come away from the workshop with:

  • a deeper insight into the relate–rupture–repair cycle
  • an opportunity to experience the different phases of relate, rupture and repair
  • practice in using relational skills to repair ruptures when they arise.
Webinar dates
  • Monday 15 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6674) SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday 24 June, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6713) SOLD OUT
  • Monday 13 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6676)
  • Tuesday 14 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6754)

Workshop 5: Right Here, Right Now

Working with and supporting colleagues to embed the Thrive Approach is hugely rewarding; it has the power to transform the culture of your setting, ensuring that the social and emotional wellbeing of all the children and young people is placed front and centre. One of the first and most important steps towards this transformation is supporting staff to understand and adopt the Thrive relational stance.

In this workshop, we will revisit the Thrive relational stance, exploring the emotional impact of different types of interactions between staff and children. In particular, we will look at how using PACE and the VRFs can transform these interactions, with the result that children feel safe, seen, supported and understood. Next, we will share some simple ideas and strategies that you can take back to your setting – right here, right now – to help staff understand and begin to adopt the Thrive relational stance. Finally, we will discuss other options for strengthening the impact of Thrive across your setting so that all children and young people are able to benefit.

You will come away from the workshop with:

  • a clearer understanding of the difference between right-time Thrive and reparative Thrive
  • a deeper understanding of the positive impact of the Thrive relational stance
  • guidance on how to support the adults in your setting to develop the ability to use PACE and the VRFs
  • practical ideas, strategies and activities for embedding Thrive that you can take back to your setting.
Webinar dates
  • Wednesday 3 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6677) SOLD OUT
  • Friday 26 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6678) SOLD OUT
  • Friday 17 July 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6679)

Workshop 6: 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.

In this workshop, 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.

You will come away from the workshop with:

  • 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.
Webinar dates
  • Monday 1 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6680) SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday 10 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6681) SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday 24 June, 9.30-11.30am (PA6712) SOLD OUT
  • Friday 3 July 2020, 9.30-11.30am (PA6753) SOLD OUT

Workshop 7: The Power of Authenticity

Would you like to refine your relational skills? Are you interested in exploring the nuances of human interaction in more depth? Do you want to extend your Thrive practice and build on what you already know? In this workshop, we will be deepening our understanding of the Vital Relational Functions (VRFs) – a central part of how we learn to be in relationship as Thrive practitioners. When we begin our Thrive journey, we tend to see the VRFs as part of our toolkit for meeting the needs of children when they are dysregulated. The focus of this workshop is on developing and broadening our use of the VRFs so that we can start to apply them in all of our relationships, adapting them according to the person and the context. In particular, we will be looking at the significance of ruptures in relationships when things go wrong, exploring the challenges of these moments and how skilful repair can ultimately serve to strengthen the relationship.

The workshop includes opportunities to practise the VRFs in a safe and supportive environment, as well as space to reflect on your practice and guidance on how to implement your new learning back in your setting.

You will come away from the workshop with:

  • a deeper understanding of the VRFs
  • practical experience of using the VRFs in action
  • examples of how to share the VRFs with colleagues
  • knowledge of how to use the power of relationship to greater effect in both your setting and your life.
Webinar dates
  • Monday 8 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6682)
  • Thursday 25 June 2020, 1.30-3.30pm (PA6683)


Please choose two of the above live webinar sessions - any two keynotes, two workshops or one of each. Fill out and submit the form and we will contact you to confirm your booking.

Please note: confirmation of bookings is being made in date order. If your options have sold out in the meantime, we will offer you the next available date prior to confirming your choices. 

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