Solihull Approach Information Sheet

We provide Solihull Training for a variety of staff including teachers, teaching assistants and other academic staff. The training can be conducted in one or two days or in ‘taster sessions’, which means that we can offer after school sessions of two hour slots, to introduce aspects of the work. These sessions focus on the following themes: relationships between teaching staff and children; emotional blocks to teaching and learning; trauma and early development, and supporting the emotional health and well being of children and families in schools.

What is the Solihull approach?

The Solihull Approach is a highly practical way of working with families within a robust theoretical structure. It is an early intervention model and is also used in preventative and group work. None of the content is new or revolutionary. What is new is the range of content that has been assembled and the synthesis of a thoughtful psychodynamic approach with practical child development and behavioural approaches.

The Solihull Approach model combines three theoretical concepts, containment (psychoanalytic theory), reciprocity (child development) and behaviour management (behaviourism). One of the key principles underpinning the approach, is that the concepts of containment and reciprocity can promote change in the quality of attachment. Secure attachment underpins all other relationships for the rest of the child’s life, including the relationships that they go on to develop with Teachers and other school staff.

The whole training is a combination of presentations about children’s development, trauma and relationships in schools, as well as exercises and case examples focusing on mental health and emotional well being in schools.


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Last updated on 21st November 2017