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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.

To submit an application please download and complete our application form and return this to Kathy Smith at ksmith@mulberrybush.org.uk

(Please do not try to apply via UCAS)

School Improvement Partner Training 2021/22

Closing date for applications 4 June 2021

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
For more information and an application form please contact Kathy Smith by emailing ksmith@mulberrybush.org.uk

 

 

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 outreach@mulberrybush.org.uk to find out more and to be updated when new dates for this training are announced.

Covid-19 Collective Trauma: Talking Strategies

Friday 21 May
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

The Mulberry Bush and Orb 8 present an online seminar

Learning objectives:

To acknowledge the social impact of COVID19

Exploring and sharing strategies for recovery across different sectors

Providing opportunities for mutual support and networking

Defining what recovery means for user groups and how to work with resistance

Speakers:

Jane Herd (Orb8): Collective Trauma – Foster Care- What has Covid taught us?

Stuart Harragan (Mulberry Bush Therapies and Network Team) – Working with Families in a Global Pandemic and Beyond

Rob Stuart (Director of OPUS): Listening Posts

Find out more and book your place here

Attachment Informed Practice (Full Course)

3 part course with sessions on 10, 17 and 24 June 2021
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

What is Attachment Theory and how might this affect the children I work with? How do early experiences of attachment relationships impact brain development?

Session One : The Theory of Attachment – to understand the theoretical origins of attachment theory and to briefly introduce the four main attachment styles.

Session Two: The Impact of Adversity on Attachment – to highlight the importance of early relationships and brain development.

Session Three: Attachment in Schools – to consider the relevance of attachment theory on children’s learning, behaviour and relationships in school and to consider the importance of a secure base and how this is achieved within your organisation.

Find out more and book your place here

Working with Dangerous Behaviours – Managing Fear and Containing Behaviour 

Friday 18 June 2021
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

An online seminar from The Mulberry Bush and Orb8.

Learning objectives;

To explore how we respond physically, and emotionally to extreme behaviours

Strategies for working with dangerous behaviours

Understanding roles – victim and aggressor

The importance of reflective space to counteract emotional enmeshment

Find out more and book your place here

Introduction to Making Sense of Behaviour

Tuesday 29 June
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

Are you sometimes left confused by children’s behaviour? Does it feel that sometimes no matter what you do nothing seems to help?

This training is designed for anyone who works with children and young people to provide an introduction on ways to make sense of their often confusing behaviour. The aim of this two hour session is to understand and think about what children and young people’s behaviour might be communicating

The session will run for two hours providing an opportunity for staff to put theory into practice; make use of their own experiences working alongside children as well as sharing these with other professionals. The session draws upon experience from within the Mulberry Bush School which works with children who have experienced severe complex trauma and promotes a reflective culture when working alongside behaviour that challenges us.

Find out more and book your place here

Introduction to the Neuroscience of Trauma

Wednesday 7 July
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

Have you ever wondered why some children appear to react to the smallest of triggers? Do you work with children whose behaviour can go from nought to sixty in the blink of an eye?

This training is designed for anyone who works with children and young people to provide an introduction on how trauma in early childhood can affect the development of their growing brains. The aim of this two hour session is to gain insight into and think about the neuroscience of trauma and toxic stress and the consequences for children’s social, emotional and executive functioning and behaviour regulation.

The session will run for two hours providing an opportunity for staff to put theory into practice; make use of their own experiences working alongside children as well as sharing these with other professionals. The session draws upon experience from within the Mulberry Bush School which works with children who have experienced severe complex trauma and promotes a reflective culture when working alongside behaviour that challenges us.

Find out more and book your place here

Bike Oxford

Brought to you by the team behind the successful  Bike Bath and Bike Chester and Canterbury Bike Ride events, Bike Oxford is a day of short, medium and long marked rides, taking in the best scenery of Oxford and the surrounding countryside.

Date: Sunday, 11th July  2021
Location: Oxford University Rugby Club & Chipping Norton Rugby Club

If you have secured your own place in this event and would like to raise funds for The Mulberry Bush please get in touch by emailing fundraising@mulberrybush.org.uk for more information. 

 

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

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 fundraising@mulberrybush.org.uk 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

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

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 fundraising@mulberrybush.org.uk  

 

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 fundraising@mulberrybush.org.uk 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 race-nation.co.uk/register/blenheim-7k/2021 and select The Mulberry Bush as your chosen charity

 

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 fundraising@mulberrybush.org.uk for more information.