Outreach and Training

“Staff are provided with outstanding professional development opportunities. They are trained to a foundation degree in therapeutic work with children. In addition to mandatory training, staff have the opportunity to access innovative experiential learning opportunities. As a result, the staff perform their roles with confidence and diligence. ”

Ofsted report on The Mulberry Bush School, January 2020

Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree Graduation 2019Find out more about our award-winning certificate or Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People, accredited by The University of the West of England.

The application deadline for 2020-2021 is 5th June 2020, with interviews for the course taking place on 26th June prior to the course commencing in the first week of September.


Attachment Training

Attachment theory is central to the work and ethos of the Mulberry Bush Organisation.

Our attachment courses are designed to support staff working with children who may be struggling with their relationships and behaviours. Through the training staff will develop an understanding of attachment theory and look at practical applications within their work setting. Our courses explore the impact of attachment related functioning on children’s day-to-day lives and use neuro-scientific research to offer practical support and strategies. Courses are designed to allow work based discussion and reflection to support embedment of new thinking and promote a whole organisation approach to supporting children with attachment needs.

These courses are suitable for all practitioners working with children and young people across the childcare sector. The course can be delivered with either a primary or secondary focus and delivered as a whole day or half day course. The course can also be split over two twilights if required.

You can download a flyer about Attachment Training here

For further details please contact Kathy Smith: / 01865 594700

“I found them (trainers) really inspiring and the work you do is really at the foundation of why I am training to be a teacher”

SCITT Trainee


Making Sense of Behaviour

Understanding children’s behaviour as a communication of need sits at the heart of the Mulberry Bush’s work. This course is designed to help practitioners from across the child-care sector to:

  • Understand the causes and function of behaviour
  • Develop practical strategies for working effectively with children and young people
  • Work with emotional and behavioural communication in the classroom setting
  • Recognise the emotional impact on staff through developing reflective practice
  • Use psychodynamic approaches to understand and manage relationships

The course will look at case-study and real-life examples to help practitioners develop their understanding and ability to take the ideas into their workplace.

You can download a flyer about Making Sense of Behaviour here

For further details please contact Kathy Smith: / 01865 594700


“Thank you so much, as we said on the day, the training was exactly what we had hoped for in both content and delivery”

(Learning Coordinator & Y2 Class Teacher, St. Michael’s C.E. Primary)

“The work was high quality and delivered in a way that allowed staff to feel part of the process”

Principal, Abbey View School, Gloucestershire


Crossfields Institute – Level 3 Certificate in Therapeutic Group work

Group Work is used by staff across many professional settings with children and young people, including pre-schools, schools & colleges and care settings. Used well, groups can be a  powerful tool, enabling children to be and to learn to work safely and productively together. This qualification enables individuals to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to run therapeutic group sessions with 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. The course will include:

  • The theories which can underpin and support groups
  • Working with dynamics, roles and resistance in groups
  • Relevant child development theory
  • Setting up and running a group
  • The aims of the group and assessing the effectiveness of the groups
  • Recording and evaluating your group
  • Opportunities for sharing practice and learning from one another
  • Students will be expected to work as a group and form reflective practice groups
  • Students will be expected to bring examples of their work for live discussion based sessions

You can download the flyer here
For further details and/or to book a place please contact Kathy Smith: / 01865 594700.


“The course has provided me with a greater understanding of groups, group dynamics and group roles. This will support my practice alongside both the children and adults. It has been invaluable in my knowledge and progression as a practitioner.”

Group Work Course feedback – anonymous


Leadership for an Emotionally Aware School

At the centre of our outreach work is an understanding of the importance of helping leaders develop the culture and ethos of their organisation.

We work with leaders at all levels to:

  • Recognise the impact of early life trauma and attachment difficulties on later life
  • Promote staff understanding of how pupils communicate their needs through their behaviour
  • Have in place ways to assess pupils’ emotional needs to support a common understanding across staff teams
  • Plan provision to meet identified emotional needs
  • Create behaviour management approaches that encourage pupils to develop a positive self-esteem and are linked to pupils’ stages of emotional development
  • Develop staff support structures that promote well-being and enable staff to learn through reflection

We recognise that changing culture takes time. We run projects in schools and other settings, where we put together bespoke packages including staff training, developing reflective culture and promoting an understanding of children’s behaviour as a communication of their needs.

If you are interested in our course in Leadership for an Emotionally Aware Environment, please contact Kathy Smith: / 01865 594700

You may also be interested in our Capacity Building Work training


Team Teach Training

Team Teach is an award-winning framework for working with challenging behaviour with the aim of reducing ‘anxiety, risk and restraint’. Team Teach, which is used across the UK, focuses on reducing incidents of challenging behaviour using positive behaviour management strategies and is proven to reduce incidents, improve safety and boost staff confidence.

Members of the Mulberry Bush Outreach team are licensed to deliver the basic 6hr course and refresher courses. . This course is generally for mainstream settings where the level of behaviour is causing disruption but is not requiring significant levels of physical intervention.  Our team will also work with you to develop practice sessions if you require.

For further information about the Team Teach model see

For further details please contact Kathy Smith: / 01865 594700


“We work with children from challenging circumstances… As a staff we had a number of strategies to draw upon to deal with ‘the moment’ but have always felt that we weren’t dealing with the ‘why’ question. Why are the children behaving in this way?… The Mulberry Bush Outreach led a whole staff INSET introducing attachment. I could see the pennies dropping as the morning went on. The staff were starting to see and understand that behaviour is a means of communication and that we could offer children the stability needed. The INSET was pitched at the perfect level for staff and there was a good balance of theory and then opportunities to apply and reflect on our setting and our children.”

(Head Teacher, Queensway School)

Mulberry Bush Outreach


The Mulberry Bush Learning & Research Centre
93 High Street
OX29 7RH

Tel. 01865 594700
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