Supporting Mental Health in Independent Schools - Manchester

This brand new course was made specifically for Independent Schools by our popular speaker Sam Garner.
It will discuss and show how the challenges in supporting mental wellbeing for students in independent schools can prevent issues such as higher risk of eating disorders and mental health issues for boarders. This course will discuss and show how to support these issues and embrace a whole school approach.

Suitable for anyone working in independent schools with the responsibility of MH or working directly with students in a pastoral role.

This one day course will provide detailed guidance on:

  • Mental health overview
    • How early life experiences shape the brain
    • The effect of differing parenting styles
    • The possible effects of residential schooling
    • ‘Third Culture Kids’ – how does it affect mental health
    • Which mental health issues are more prevalent in Independent Schools and why
    • How does mental health affect learning


  • Mental Health Issues and how to support
    • Self-harm
    • Eating disorders
    • Anxiety including exam anxiety
    • Mental Health linked with SEN – e.g. Anxiety & ASD


  • Mental Health Interventions/Programmes
    • What programmes and interventions are available
    • Which programmes are suitable for Independent Schools
    • Evaluating interventions and programmes
    • Ensuring your school counselling service is effective


  • Reducing the stigma of mental health
    • How to improve staff understanding around mental health
    • How staff can support positive student mental health
    • How to support staff mental wellbeing, including your own
    • Changing ‘well established’ mindsets amongst staff


  • Working effectively with parents
    • Helping parents support their child with mental health issues
    • Dealing with parental mental health issues


  • Whole-school ethos
    • Implementing a whole-school approach
    • Moving forward

Our Speaker

Samantha Garner:

Our SEN and Mental Health expert that is already well known for her independent SENCo courses. She has been involved in education for over 15 years. She has been a SENCO and Examinations Officer in a large secondary school of approximately 2000 students. Sam has also been a regular presenter at national international training events for SENCOs and exams officers, as well as conducting individual training with SENCOs. She is also working towards improving mental health support in schools.

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Tuesday 28 April 2020
£269.99 + VAT
Manchester Centre