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BSA Certificate in Professional Practice – Mental Health & Wellbeing

16th March 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

NEW Online BSA Certificate in Professional Practice – Mental Health  & Wellbeing

This module is comprised of three tutor-led study days featuring guest speakers, interactive morning and afternoon sessions. Breakout groups allow for discussion and time with the course tutors.

Study Days for the Spring module are:

  • Study Day 1, March 16, 2023
  • Study Day 2, April 26, 2023
  • Study Day 3, May 9, 2023

All study days will be online via Zoom.


Timings for each study day: 10:00am – 15:30pm GMT

Key elements of the new Certificate Course Programme:

  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Adverse Life Experiences, Guest Speaker TBC
  • Looking after Yourself : Building Personal Resilience and Wellbeing
  • First Aid for Mental Health, Jane Graham, MSc, BSc, Dip Ed., R.S.C.N, BSA Nursing Advisor
  • Looking after the Team : Building healthy high performance
  • Positive Psychology : Developing an Emotional Literacy Toolkit Guest SpeakerDr Jody Walshe, Educational and Child Psychologist
  • Managing Resilience and Wellbeing in the Boarding Context

This course can be undertaken by both graduate teaching and non-graduate house staff, including matrons, assistant house staff and house-parents; indeed any member of school staff with responsibility for the care and wellbeing of team members and boarding students.

The programme is organised around a combination of three intensive study days which contain a variety of teaching methods and opportunities to learn in different ways, which include lectures, presentations and discussions led by students, together with group problem solving exercises and case studies. Group discussion is a particularly important aspect of this course, enabling delegates to look at the theory in light of their own practical experience. Students will be encouraged to contribute ideas, opinions and questions, taking responsibility for their own learning, whilst contributing to the learning of the group as a whole. The course is run by senior members of the BSA staff.

Dr Jody Walshe, HCPC Registered Educational and Child Psychologist and Author

Dr Jody Walshe is an Educational and Child Psychologist and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council. After completing an English Literature degree at Cambridge University, she achieved a second degree in Psychology whilst teaching and working in SEN provision. She then completed her doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at the University of East London, which explored self-harm in educational contexts.  Jody is experienced in contributing to the assessment and psychological treatment of developmental difficulties, learning needs and child/adolescent mental health.  She is also a Consultant Psychologist, providing consultations for foster carers and supervising social workers with the Compass Community as part of their REACH approach. She has delivered training to the students on the University of East London Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme.

Jody has extensive direct therapeutic experience with children and young people.  She works with looked after children, young offenders, and children/young people with complex needs.  Jody has training in Video Interaction Guidance, with Level 1 accreditation.  She has a range of experience working with children, adults, families and professionals in both clinical and educational contexts and with local authorities and specialist services.  Jody is experienced in individual and group supervision, in a range of therapeutic contexts.

Jody is an experienced presenter and has delivered to groups including the Centre for Child Mental Health and Nurture UK.  She facilitates training on topics including: techniques to support the emotional development of children and young people; staff resilience and well-being; self-harm; anxiety; attachment in the classroom; bereavement; critical incidents; trauma informed approaches.

Jody has written a number of books and other resources on topics including mindfulness; self-harm; solution focused brief therapy; positive psychology.


Jane Graham, MSc, BSc, Dip Ed., R.S.C.N 

Trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, Jane has 27 years of  nursing background, 17 of which is in trauma and intensive care. Whilst in PICU, she had a number of different roles. Nine years of that included a role as a specialist  retrieval nurse (CATS) that entailed travelling around the country to  stabilize and bring back critically unstable children. To do this she learned   advanced nursing and basic medical skills in resuscitation, all medical conditions, and trauma.

She went on to teach these skills to student nurses, qualified nurses and junior doctors as the Practice educator on intensive care. This role also involved lecturing regularly at South Bank University. She is a DSL for Safeguarding at St Teresa’s School where she currently is the Lead Nurse. On the back of setting up the school’s medical services, she has set up a first aid training company Action + First Aid. She is a freelance instructor for Qualsafe an awarding body approved by the HSE.

Course Tutor

Kate Heffer

Kate is an Education Coach and the founder of kateheffer.com, a company that specialises in coaching and wellbeing services for schools. Her ethos is based on Feel Better, Work Better – once we look after, and prioritise, our own emotional, mental, and physical health, then we can work in a far more productive, creative, and successful way.

She is a fully qualified Wellbeing Coach, Sophrologist, Hypnotherapist and Teen Yoga Teacher, and Kate incorporates all these skills to create effective and dynamic programmes for staff and pupils.

In addition, Kate offers training in coaching and wellbeing skills for schools with a focus on enabling staff to skilfully and confidently coach others, whilst also improving their own personal and professional relationships. Kate also trains pupils to acquire these skills so that an informed culture of coaching, kindness and pastoral leadership is implemented across entire school communities.

Prior to being a Wellbeing Coach and Consultant, Kate worked for twelve years as a Housemistress for teenage boys and girls in three different schools: Millfield School, Somerset; Aiglon College, Switzerland; and Uppingham School, Rutland. She was also an MFL teacher and Head of Wellbeing. Her experience led to her training in coaching and wellbeing, to empower pupils and staff to feel safe in their environment, secure in themselves and excited about their future.

Kate has coached many pupils, educators, and leaders on their path to wellbeing and helped them to find tools and techniques to achieve high results, whilst also achieving a healthy and positive work-life balance.

Study Days for the Spring module are:

  • Study Day 1, March 16, 2023
  • Study Day 2, April 26, 2023
  • Study Day 3, May 9, 2023

All study days will be online via Zoom.



16th March 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm