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Events & Training

Events & Training

Upcoming Mulberry Bush Events and Training

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People

An award-winning Level 3 course, with an option to continue to a Level 5 Foundation Degree, run by The Mulberry Bush and validated by the University of the West of England.

The course develops the capacity of students to support the emotional growth of children and young people through meaningful relationships. Students will be encouraged to learn about themselves and engage creatively in group situations. A key concept of the course is recognising the influence of unconscious processes and understanding behaviour as a form of communication.

Learning is theoretical and experiential and students will be encouraged to bring case material from their own work settings.

The Foundation degree is a Level 5 qualification. The course is regarded as equivalent to the mandatory Level 3 Diploma and the content has been mapped against these requirements, and the Therapeutic Service Standards set out by the Community of Communities. A progression year to BA (Hons) level is available through the University of the West of England.

More detailed information can be found in the course leaflet here.

Applications for 2021/22 have now closed.  We will open applications for the 2022/23 course in January 2022. To receive an update via email once applications are open please enter your details here.

If you have any questions about the course please email Kathy Smith at

School Improvement Partner Training 

The Mulberry Bush training programme, endorsed with a Crossfields Institute Quality Mark, will provide experienced, effective special and alternative provider (AP) school leaders with the skills and knowledge to become a School Improvement Partner (SIP).

This will be of benefit to leaders’ own school/organisation, as well as helping them to provide support and share good practice with other special and AP schools. Led by two very experienced special school leaders/SIPs you will take part in 6 days training at The Mulberry Bush Third Space, Toddington, Gloucestershire. You also will apply your learning in two practice days working as a SIP. Following this you will be invited to join The Mulberry Bush SIP network, where you will receive on-going support and professional development opportunities.

More detailed information can be found in the course overview leaflet here.

How to Apply

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed. If you would like to be updated when applications for future training dates open, please register here.

For more information please contact Kathy Smith by emailing

Level 3 Certificate in Therapeutic Group Work with Children & Young People
Online – via Zoom

Used well, groups can be a powerful tool, enabling children to learn to work safely and productively together. This experiential qualification enables practitioners to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make effective use of a therapeutic group to support change for children and young people effectively. This qualification is suitable for those staff using group work with children or young people in either school or care settings. These groups may be for all ages and abilities such as: circle times, youth clubs, nurture groups or after-school clubs.

Please email to find out more and to be updated when new dates for this training are announced.

 Oxfordshire Primary Peer Review 2021/22

  • I’m Interested, Tell Me More session (via Zoom). Thursday 23rd September 2021,  4.00-4.30pm
  • Sign Up for the Peer Review by the 1st October 2021
  • Attend a Planning & Preparation session (via Zoom) where you will meet your Peer Review Network, Thursday 22nd October 2021, 4.00-5.00pm
  • Undertake the Peer Review Visits between 1st November 2021 and 31st March 2022 and complete a short report about your visit for the ‘Host’ school
  • Attend a Review session (via Zoom) between all the schools to share learning points and review the process. Thursday 7th April 2022, 4.00-5.00pm

The Peer Review aims to facilitate a reflective, self-evaluation process between leaders of schools to bring about further improvement in effectiveness.

Key values to the process
• Collaborating respectfully
• Working reflectively
• Learning from experience
• Sharing good practice

Download the full flyer here

For more information please contact Kathy Smith on 01865 594700 or email 

Register here to join us at the ‘I’m Interested, Tell Me More’ session (via Zoom) on Thursday 23rd September 2021 from 4.00 – 4.30pm. 



Analysing Aspects of Harold Bridger’s Personal Papers: A Discussion on Therapeutic Practice Past and Present.

Thursday 23 September 2021

11.00 AM – 1.00 PM

Online – via Zoom

In May 2021 letters from some of the 20th century’s most influential psychoanalysts were found within Harold Bridger’s personal papers, which are currently being catalogued at the Planned Environment Therapy Archive. This event will provide the opportunity to view these archival records and learn about Bridger’s relationship with psychoanalysts such as Melanie Klein and John Bowlby during the 1940s and 1950s. The letters will also serve as inspiration to explore a number of aspects to Bridger’s career such as psychoanalytic practice, therapeutic communities and group dynamics. This will be discussed in relation to both past and present therapeutic practice and in relation to the work at The Mulberry Bush Charity.

The structure of the event will include four fifteen minute talks that will provide an insight into the work of all of our speakers. There will also be an opportunity for discussion and questions at the end of the talks.

Find out more and book your place here.

Talking Strategies: Working with Traumatised Children, Young People and Group Work

Friday 24 September 2021

10.00 AM – 1.00 PM

Online – via Zoom


The Mulberry Bush and Orb8 present an online seminar

Learning objectives:

  • Strategies to re-navigate our work with children and young people
  • Exploring and sharing strategies for recovery across different sectors
  • Providing opportunities for mutual support and networking
  • Understanding and using play therapy to communicate
  • Working with families of children in residential care
  • Using groups to understand social dynamics

Find out more and book your place here.

Forest of Dean Half Marathon

A popular annual event taking place in the beautiful Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire – a great run for anyone looking for a well organised, challenging and scenic run.

Date: Sunday, 26th September 2021
Time: Starts at 10.00am
Location: Start and finish at Speech House Field, GL16 7EL
Registration fee: Free when fundraising for The Mulberry Bush
Sponsorship target: £200.00

Organised by The Rotary Club of the Royal Forest of Dean, you’re sure to find this run to be well organised, safe and enjoyable. Set under the late-summer canopy of the forest trees, this is a stunning road-free trail run with some hill challenges and the expected puddle or two!

As a charity, we have been allocated a limited number of free places for this event. To apply for one of these places, simply complete this form or contact us at for more information. 


Run for the Mulberry Bush at the Forest of Dean Half Marathon

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon

The iconic London Marathon is the experience of a lifetime and one of the most famous sporting events in the world.

Date: Sunday 3rd October 2021
Location: London
Registration fee: £100
Sponsorship target: £2000

Charity Place Applications

All of our places for the 2021 London Marathon have been filled. If you would like to join our waiting list to be informed should any places become available or to be the first to hear when we open applications for 2022 please email  

 Ballot Place Runners

Have you secured your own place to run this year and would like to join the Mulberry Bush team? We’d love to give you a very warm welcome! There’s no minimum fundraising commitment – we would only ask you to raise what you can. We’ll send you a Mulberry Bush running vest and you’ll receive fundraising support from our dedicated team. Email us at to find out more.

Blenheim Palace Fun Run

Run, jog or walk for The Mulberry Bush at Blenheim Palace’s fun run!

Date: Sunday 3rd October 2021
Location: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
Time: The first race (under 15s 1 mile) starts at 10.15 am
Registration Fee: This depends on which race you enter

World Heritage site Blenheim Palace is the spectacular location for this family-friendly fun run with a beautiful lakeside off road section. 

What we love about this race is that there are three events to choose from so it’s a true family day out: the main 7k, 4 miles for buggies and wheelchairs (note it is a challenging route for wheelchairs) and 1 mile for under 15s. It’s a great opportunity for a team of friends, family and colleagues to take part together and perfect for a group or workplace challenge. Plus, all finishers will receive a medal from the race organisers and we’ll send you a Mulberry Bush running vest as a thank you for running on behalf of The Mulberry Bush. 

To book, visit and select The Mulberry Bush as your chosen charity


Training in Emotion Coaching

3 part course with sessions taking place on the 7 October, 21 October and 18 November

Online via Zoom

This course will cover:

  • Research, theoretical basis and neuroscience behind Emotion Coaching
  • Understanding different emotional styles relevant to Emotion Coaching
  • How to respond sensitively and consistently to emotions and behaviours
  • Understanding and practice of Emotion Coaching techniques
  • Opportunities to reflect and embed
    Emotion Coaching in practice

For more details and to book a place please email Kathy Smith at


The Limelight Oxford Half Marathon 2021

The LimeLight Sports Club Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 17th October is a fast, flat 13.1 mile route that showcases the best of Oxford’s historic city centre. Run the Oxford Half Marathon and raise money for The Mulberry Bush!

Date: Sunday 17th October 2021
Time: Starts at 9:30am
Location: Broad Street, Oxford
Registration fee: £15
Sponsorship target: £200

Enjoy running amongst the dreaming spires and the beautiful architecture of this
historic city. This is a fantastic challenge for both beginners and more
experienced runners right in the heart of Oxford. The route will take you past the
most popular landmarks such as the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre,
Bodleian Library, as well as many of Oxford University’s world-famous colleges.

To apply for one of our charity places in this run, simply complete this form or contact us at for more information.

The International Centre World Cafe Event – How do the International Centre and the Therapeutic Care Journal Promote the Spirit of an International Community?

Monday 1 November
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Online via Zoom

An online event where you’ll be able to learn about the work of the International Centre, the Planned Environment Therapy Archives, the International Centre Research Group and the Therapeutic Care Journal.

 Find out more and book your place here


Trauma Informed Practice – Environments to Promote Recovery

Friday 12 November
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles’. Oxford. OX1 3LW

A conference presented by The Mulberry Bush Third Space and The Institute for Recovery of Childhood Trauma (IRCT).

Learning Objectives:

  • Debate what ‘recovery’ means
  • Explore the idea that there should be a ‘right to recovery’ enshrined in UK legislation through the UK signing up to the UN Human Rights Bill
  • Discover what the active ingredients for recovery are
  • Find out how to put theoretical ideas into practice in different work contexts: foster care;school; residential care; secure accommodation
  • Learn how to create psychological safety in schools that can benefit all children
  • Discover resources you can use in your practice

 Find out more and book your place here