Mental health training

“Understanding young people’s mental health”.

In March 2018, The George Williams College undertook a thorough consultation exercise with a variety of YMCA services to ascertain the local training needs of frontline staff in relation to children and young people’s mental health. There were a number of frontline staff offering excellent mental health support and receiving excellent training.

However, what became clear is that there is a need for better entry level training and a more consistent “YMCA” approach in this area. As the largest provider of specialist training at the forefront of the YMCA federation our College is perfectly placed to help meet these needs.

The training will initially cover four main areas

  1. Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  2. Communication Skills with Young People
  3. Attachment behaviour and Mental Health
  4. The impact of Trauma on Mental Health

Who is the training aimed at?

All YMCA staff and volunteers who have contact with children and young people can benefit from this fundamental suite of training.

Teaching Method

Each module will be delivered via half day face to face training from one of the College’s experienced trainers. There will be a combination of theoretical learning and practical exercises. Courses can be attended separately or as part of a comprehensive programme.

What you will learn

  • A better understanding of your own mental health and the mental health of those young people
    you work with
  • An understanding of the impact of different attachment styles on mental health, behaviours and of the
    impact of trauma
  • How to improve your communication skills when working with young people

Where it might lead?

These trainings are accredited and will encourage and enable you to pursue a career pathway which addresses the mental health needs of young people within the context of Youth Work and Advisory Services. Whether you choose to specialise in mental health or not, all of these courses will fundamentally benefit your everyday practice.

To book your place or for more information please contact: m.atkinson@ymca.ac.uk