What is this training about?

Children and teenagers who have experienced high levels of stress, loss or trauma early in life are extremely vulnerable to becoming overwhelmed by their thoughts, emotions and body sensations, especially when they are faced with new challenges and transitions. 

Covid-19 has brought with it sudden, unexpected and unprecedented changes to all our lives, and we need to give special thought and attention to how we, as adults, support our children who are already prone to big stress reactions.

Children who learnt early on in life that the world can be a frightening place are likely to fall back to their old ‘coping strategies’, which might lead to all sorts of challenging behaviours and needs. For parents and carers, this can be incredibly tough, and it can leave us feeling unsure about how best to support our dysregulated and distressed child.  It can also leave us as parents/carers feeling overwhelmed with our own emotions, making family life all the more challenging and exhausting for everyone.

What are the learning aims?

The seminar has been jointly created by a Clinical Psychologist and an Adoptive Parent. We have brought theory and practice together to create a hands on, practical seminar.  The seminar will cover:  

  • How and why Covid-19 might have affected your child 
  • How to understand the challenging behaviours and needs that you see, drawing on up to date neuroscience 
  • Hands-on strategies and top tips for how to calm or lower the arousal level of your distressed child 
  • Practical ideas about how to support them across the first term of school as they return following lockdown 
  • The importance of noticing your own resilience and resources and practical ideas about how to remain regulated yourself
  • Access to further resources and sources of information

Who can attend this training?

This seminar is for all parents/carers who would like to feel better equipped to support their distressed and dysregulated child.

How does your online training work?

You can choose to buy a single place on this training, or a group licence which enables local authorities and other professional teams to purchase the seminar in ‘bulk’ to distribute to families.

On payment of your training place you will be emailed: 

  • A private link to the training course, to watch at your own pace in your own time. You can also watch it as many times as you like and share it with your family.
  • A digital resource pack, new and exclusive only to the participants of this online training.

How is your training presented?

We bring together an inspiring and innovative combination of theory, stunning original art-work, lived experience examples and practical demonstrations. Watch a brief sample here to see how we present different aspects of learning in our training 

How long can I access the training for?

To ensure information is robust and informed by the latest neuroscience the individual and team license will last for 1 year. After this time, access to the training will cease. All participants will be able to purchase a renewal licence.

How much does the training cost?

For one parent/carer the cost is £30. Don’t forget the seminar can be shared with your family too. We also invite Local Authorities or other professional teams working with families to purchase a group licence, which means you can distribute the seminar to multiple families you are supporting. Email training@beaconhouse.org.uk to book. 

Fees for group licences:

Who are the trainers?

Dr Shoshanah Lyons is the Clinical Director and founder of Beacon House, a therapeutic service for children and families based in West Sussex.

As a Clinical Psychologist specialising in trauma and loss, she is passionate about helping parents/carers and professionals to understand the needs of troubled children. She loves to work creatively so that complex ideas are translated into really accessible and meaningful information for all those working with, and caring for distressed children.

Helen Townsend is an artist and works at Beacon House as our Creative Advisor and Therapeutic Life Story Worker.

Combining inspiration from lived experience with academic training, she is passionate about translating complicated theories into accessible information that can be used by everyone in day to day life. As an adoptive parent Helen always aims to ensure ideas are realistic and practical for families.

Do I get a certificate?

Upon completion of our training feedback questionnaire, you will be provided with an individualised certificate.

Testimonials from others who have attended this training

“This seminar has inspired me to respond in a completely different way to my child. I now realise my child is feeling scared and I need to help her to feel safe before I can expect her behaviour to change”

“This online course has given me so many practical tips that I can use straight away at home. I’m going to be asking all my family to watch it as it is incredibly useful”

“I highly recommend this seminar to all parents, no matter what your situation is. There is something in here for everyone and it is about sensitive, kind, realistic parenting”

How do I book?

For individual participants, please book your place below. If you would like to request an invoice, pay over the telephone or enquire about a team licence, please contact our Training Administrator, Rebecca Robertson, on training@beaconhouse.org.uk or 01444 413 939. Upon receipt of payment your training package will be released.

  • No limit on places
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Courses are refundable up to 30 days prior to the date of the course. Any cancellation with less than 30 days notice are NON-REFUNDABLE. You may send a substitute delegate providing s/he meets the course criteria. We reserve the right to cancel the course date, in this case we will notify you by email as early as possible, and advise you of an alternative date or provide you with a full refund. In the event of a course cancellation under 7 days’ notice, a new course date or refund will be organised for you.  Under no circumstances are Beacon House are liable for any travel expenses, childcare, potential loss of income or any associated costs.

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What are your terms and conditions?

Due to our training package being available upon payment, online courses are non-refundable.

We work very hard to keep our training and resources free or as low cost as possible. We ask that for single participants, you respect this by keeping the training package for your sole use only. For team licences, the training is to be used by the paying team only and must not be sub-licensed or used outside of the team. Sharing the training package to those who have not purchased a place is not permitted under any circumstances.


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