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Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Informed Educational Programme

This programme, co-constructed by SCIS and the South of Scotland Post Graduate Masters Training Programme in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), aims to provide a psychological framework to support practitioners in their interactions with children and young people in schools.

The programme is run over seven sessions, covering the following themes:

Day 1: Understanding mental health/introduction to the CBT model
Day 2: Building therapeutic relationships/improving communication skills in challenging situations/information gathering and signposting
Day 3: Focus on anxiety
Day 4: Focus on depression/exploring and managing risk
Day 5: Focus on eating disorders and self-harm
Day 6: Structuring a wellbeing session/coaching/supervision
Day 7: Consultancy

What are the benefits?

The programme has been co-constructed in partnership between SCIS and colleagues from the South of Scotland PG Masters Training Programme in CBT.

The overall purpose is to provide a psychological framework to support practitioners in their interactions with children and young people in schools. Content has been informed from core psychological theory and relates directly to:

  • Curriculum for Excellence: Health and Wellbeing
  • competencies included in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) competency framework and the CBT competency framework
  • boundaries of confidentiality and role, explored through consideration of the importance of the school culture/context.

The learning outcomes for this programme are pitched at both a macro and a micro level. In the case of the former these are:

  • to increase participants' awareness of common presentations in mental health
  • to consider alliance building and core therapeutic skills as key to a helping approach in mental health
  • to offer the CBT framework as a way of making sense of mental health presentations
  • to develop confidence in boundaries and limitations in pastoral work.
Who is it for?

The target audience for the programme are experienced practitioners who are working in a school context with children and young people to support their mental health and wellbeing. These practitioners are employed in a number of capacities and include:

  • teaching colleagues in guidance/pastoral care roles – deputes, middle leaders (year heads) and year teachers
  • support staff working in the wider guidance team, eg medical staff (nurses/matrons), school counsellors and houseparents (boarding schools).

Prior to being accepted onto the programme, participants are required to demonstrate sustained professional learning and impact in this context. Mandatory in this regard is completion of Scottish Mental Health First Aid for Young People (SMHFA – YP). Coupled with this, participants have undertaken a range of professional learning activity appropriate to their context.


The programme takes place over one academic session with the timetable as follows:

Block Days Timing
1 1 and 2 November
2 3 and 4 January
3 5 and 6 March
Consultancy 7 May/June
For more information

For more information about this programme, contact Margaret Lannon, Deputy Director: Education and Professional Learning.

Email: info@scis.org.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)131 556 2316