Bespoke training

“We appreciated it, as always, and I felt we turned a corner. You have left us full of hope for change!”- Director Plymouth Excellence Cluster

We offer consultation and bespoke training that can be delivered in-house in whatever way is best for you. We have the expertise and experience to help you plan and deliver bespoke solutions.

We can provide one-off training or a workshop in a range of areas relating to parental mental illness, including:
  • Awareness raising for different groups of staff to help you understand the specific needs of this group of children and young people
  • How to engage with children of parents with a mental illness
  • Skill building workshops
  • Masterclass and CPD modules which fit into INSET days and teacher training programmes
  • Attachment issues for this group and how to support them

Our trainers can design a range of different sessions, from 1.5 hour twilight meetings to a series of half day workshops, depending on your level of interest and available time. We have designed and run one-day conferences which cross services boundaries in specific localities (e.g. Plymouth, Barnet and Wirral) with the aim of taking a systemic perspective and an integrated approach to supporting the affected families.

About our trainers

  • Dr Alan Cooklin is a consultant psychiatrist and family therapist with over 40 years experience both inside the NHS and as a campaigner and international expert on children of parents with mental illness and founder of Our Time.
  • Dr Leonard Fagin is a consultant psychiatrist and an author who teaches and consults in many different settings, including health, education and social care. He has been part of the team that developed the KidsTime Workshop model.
  • Jessica Streeting is a Queens Nurse whose experience ranges from being a school nurse to NHS team leader for looked after children in west London. Jessica works in schools to help raise awareness of the children of parents with mental illness, she understand the world of schools, and collaborates with the staff to help them embed the ideas in the culture of the school, as well as guiding them through the process. She is a gifted teacher.
  • Dympna Cunnane is CEO of Our Time and a psychologist who has spent her career teaching leadership and management in business schools and has a lifelong interest in education and mental health.

What are the first steps?

Use the enquiry form below to get in touch, and a member of Our Time will be in touch to discuss your requirements.  We will contact you to discuss how we can help you to raise awareness at different levels in your organisation and what your staff training needs are. We can adjust our approach to the specific context in which you work, and plan our approach collaboratively to fit with what you have in place already.

Cost and duration?

Awareness-raising sessions are usually two hours duration and cost £300 per session including resources and preparation. These sessions can accommodate up to 50 participants and usually cover a range of different staff and are often delivered to a group of schools, for example, Academy Trusts or locality based groupings.

Training is usually done in two half day sessions, costing £500 including preparation and resources. The maximum number is approximately 20 participants.

Consultation and supervision is charged at £100 per hour.

Mentoring is charged at £50 per hour and can be for individuals or groups.

CPD sessions and masterclasses are usually half day and range between £300 and £500.

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