Training options


“Devastating content but exquisitely delivered. I feel so privileged to have attended Sue’s course. Best course attended over a 40 year career.”

Paediatric nurse, acute services


Option 1: Essential session

  • For groups of up to 20 participants
  • The session lasts from 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • It’s important that participants stay for the whole day.

The various Sandstories presentations are underpinned by published research and academic commentary, in addition to Sue’s own practice experience.

The combination of the very visual, and often moving, experience of the Sandstories presentations and the background studies which inform them, demonstrates powerfully the value of bringing together different learning styles.

The layout of the room required for this training will allow for Covid safety precautions, although the group may need to be smaller than 20 if social distancing is required.

Ideally, the participants will be drawn from different agencies, although the training is also very helpful on a single agency basis.

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants will explore strategies for maintaining a child centred and ‘authoritative’ approach with families, without losing empathy and compassion.
  • Participants will be able to recognise the characteristics and behaviours of families and professionals who are engaged in a ‘resistant’ relationship.
  • Participants will be better equipped to recognise ‘disguised compliance’ in families, particularly where child neglect is a concern.
  • The crucial role of reflective supervision for frontline practitioners will be reinforced
  • Participants will be better equipped to wrestle with the challenging question, “How long should we keep trying with this family?”
  • Key messages from trauma informed practice, research and case reviews will be woven throughout the training.
  • The cumulative impact of work stress on the well-being of practitioners will be acknowledged, emphasising organisational duty of care for the workforce and the need for individual self-care.

Option 2: Embedded session

This session provides an optional additional half day for participants who have experienced the Essential training session.

Embedded sessions are arranged 3-6 months after the initial Essential session.

The purpose of this session is to explore how the reflective learning from Sandstories has been embedded in real-life practice. It will also act as a catalyst to encourage and reinvigorate practitioners to maintain a child-centred focus in their work.

This model has the additional, strategic benefit of providing the training commissioner with specific evidence of the impact of training on local, multi-agency practice, through a bespoke feedback report.

Contact Sue to receive an anonymous example on a report delivered to a recent training commissioner.

If the models above do not suit your training requirements, please make contact to discuss a bespoke design for training delivery.

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