Neuro Champions - Train the Trainer


Our six-day train the trainer programme trains up people such as youth leaders, therapists, psychologists, teachers and community workers to facilitate the Neuro Champions Young Leaders Programme. The training is part of a licensed offer, where facilitators are supported over the course of the training programme, as well as through a web app and reflective practice for twelve months post training, to facilitate programmes within their organisation or independently.


The programme is currently undergoing accreditation and all training programmes offered in 2019 will be accredited.
We are currently registering interest for our 2019 programmes. Book in an appointment to reserve your place or find out more - Schedule your appointment here


The training includes the following topics:

Working with Children and Young People – Child Development
This module introduces stages of development and explores popular and ever-new and emerging theories with respect to child development. This module will also explore the development of children’s brains throughout their formative and teenager years, as well as recent findings on the impact of technology usage on modern-day child development. The module will also explore vulnerability and resilience and focus on the importance of these areas in relation to child development.


Safeguarding and Child Protection
This module introduces what is defined as Safeguarding and Child Protection. It also allows attendees to develop their knowledge and confidence in being able to identify and highlight safeguarding issues and concerns. This module will explore the legal, ethical and professional practice issues surrounding safeguarding. It will look at Section 11, Section 17 and Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 and 2004, in order to explore the statutory duty of key professionals and bodies to actively safeguard and promote the welfare of the children, young people and individuals with whom they are in contact. Moreover, this module will look at the role and importance of developing multi-agency partnerships, and identify the positive aspects and complexities of working within this model. Research, serious case reviews and reports that have informed historical and current practice will be explored.


Mental Health and Neurodiversity Awareness
This module introduces mental health and makes the distinction between good and bad mental health. It explores some of the environmental, biological and historical influences that have an effect on our mental health, as well as the impact of social constructs and inequalities on our perceptions of mental health. The module will also explore the term neurodiversity, examining how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder and dyslexia, among others, impact learning styles. Furthermore, it will address the stigma faced by young people who live with these disorders. This module will also explore culture, sexuality, disability and gender as areas of inequality that have an impact on mental ill health.


Understanding Children's and Young People's Mental Health
This module gives an overview of the statutory mental health provisions available to children and young people in the UK, as well as looking at the wider support services available. The module also covers signs, symptoms and treatment options for common mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and panic attacks, and how to identify these in children and young people.


Introduction to Neuroscience
This module covers basic neuroscience principles, including the gross structures of the brain, brain development, neurons and neuronal transmission. The module aims to develop an understanding of current theories of behaviour, thoughts and emotions in relation to neuroscience, as well as their clinical implications.


Understanding Trauma
This module builds on the Introduction to Neuroscience module, particularly focusing on current theories of brain development. It provides the framework for understanding the neurobiology of the ‘Fight or Flight’ response and how this relates to psychological trauma. The module focuses on the common signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for adults, children and young people, and explores NICE-recommended treatment options.


Facilitation and Group Skills
This module gives an overview of group dynamics, as well as an understanding of how to support individual group members' needs while maintaining the aims of the group. Role-play is used to develop an understanding of facilitation styles and management of group dynamics, allowing experiential learning and constructive feedback.


Research, Impact and Evaluation
This module looks at what research is and why it is important, the different types of research and the application with children and young people.  The module explores the quality of research and how it is used to inform evidence-based practice. It also looks at what evaluation is and what the difference is between research, evaluation and audit. Finally, the module reviews the measures and digital tool used in the Neuro Champions programmes and the data collected to evidence impact.


Developing Digital Skills in Mental Health
This module will introduce the term 'digital mental health' and will support attendees to develop their practical digital skills. We will discuss the difference between different digital tools including social media, virtual reality, smartphones, apps, websites and robotics. The module will provide an overview of current as well as emerging technologies that are used within the area of mental health. We will explore how they are used and discuss their positive and negative impact, learn about the different platforms available, and also learn about how you can give advice around digital technology use to children and young people.


Facilitating the Neuro Champions Programme
This module provides a breakdown and overview of the programme contents. This is a practical module that includes role-playing of scenarios from the Neuro Champions programmes. Constructive feedback for participants and opportunities for shadowing ‘live’ Neuro Champions sessions are also covered within this module. The module focuses on developing presentation skills, listening actively, empathising and dealing with difficult situations.