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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.

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 ksmith@mulberrybush.org.uk

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 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.

An Evening with The Mulberry Bush

Monday 14 June 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Online – via Zoom

Join us to listen to a charity update from The Mulberry Bush as we celebrate the achievements of the past year (in spite of the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic).

We will hear first-hand from charity leaders, ex-pupils and others, who will share their work and memories of The Mulberry Bush and let you know in their own words, what makes the organisation so special to them.

The past year has been especially challenging as we faced the Coronavirus pandemic, but thanks to the dedication of The Mulberry Bush Community, we’re proud of how we’ve overcome these challenges together. Our charity leaders will share how we’ve dealt with the challenges and still managed to grow our services, reaching even more children and those around them.

We will also share future vision and plans for The Mulberry Bush and there will be a short session at the end to offer you the opportunity to ask us any questions.

The event is free to attend; simply register via Eventbrite and we’ll send you a link so that you can join us via Zoom.

Find out more and book your place here

Stories from the Planned Environment Therapy Archives: Radicals, Activists and Anti-psychiatrists!

Tuesday 15 June 2021
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

Join our team as they delve into the Archives to share their favourite stories, characters and events from our unique and nationally important collections. 

Archivist Debra Doggett will share her presentation on the exciting discovery of a letter from Dr Martin Luther King and there will be the chance to reflect on your personal connection to the development and history of therapeutic communities in a reflective space facilitated by MB3’s Marya Hemmings as well as the opportunity to discuss the archive materials seen.

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

Perspectives on Recovery

Tuesday 6 July
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Online – via Zoom

An online conference from The Mulberry Bush Third Space and The IRCT looking at recovery from theoretical perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

1 – What does recovery look like?

2 – To understand a range of perspectives on recovery

3 – Understanding the developmental nature of recovery

4 – How to apply an understanding of recovery to your workplace

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

The ‘New’ Normal? Reflections and Thoughts on a Changing Society 

Friday 16 July
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

An opportunity to be part of an active seminar to question and think about what the overused term ‘ the new normal’ means and how to navigate the fantasies and realities of this.

Learning objectives:

How to spark creativity in a cautious world

How can we learn from what emerged from WWII and the Northfield experiment

How to navigate conspiracy and extreme thoughts in an unlocked world

Find out more and book your place here

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

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

 

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 ksmith@mulberrybush.org.uk

 

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.