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BSA Certificate in Professional Practice – Mental Health & Wellbeing

20 March @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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

New Spring dates added!

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 20, 2024
  • Study Day 2, April 25, 2024
  • Study Day 3, May 17, 2024

All study days will be online via Zoom.


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

Key elements of the new Certificate Course Programme:

  • Understanding Child and Adolescent Mental Health: social media, body image and anxiety, Guest Speaker, Dr Tara Porter,  Clinical Psychologist and Writer
  • Looking after Yourself : Building Personal Resilience and Wellbeing
  • Creating Balance in the workplace : A Coaching Approach
  • Safeguarding Considerations and Mental Health, Dale Wilkins, BSA Senior Director
  • Supporting Students
  • Looking After Others and Yourself, Nick Ellis
  • 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 Tara Porter is a Clinical Psychologist and Writer. 

She worked in the NHS for over 25 years in child and adolescent mental health and has her own successful private practice.  She is the author of the Sunday Times Best Selling “You Don’t Understand Me: The Young Woman’s guide to Life” which has also been translated and published around the world.  She writes articles about mental health in journals and the mainstream media.  Tara is an Associate Tutor on the doctorate programme for Clinical Psychologists at UCL. She has a special interest in mental health in schools and worked previously at the Anna Freud Centre on their Schools in Mind project; and is a judge on the Times Educational Supplement School of the Year award.

She tweets @drtjap and is on Instagram @drtaraporterpsychologist.

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.


Lee Glaser, Director, HIEDA

Lee has extensive experience in pastoral care. Prior to becoming Headmaster and CEO at Taunton School in Somerset he was the School’s Deputy Head which involved leading the pastoral team and being the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Outstanding support for student and staff wellbeing has always been at the heart of his approach and the School was recently shortlisted for a TES Award for excellence in this area.

Lee has always worked closely with the School’s medical team which provided excellent support to the community, particularly during the COVID pandemic. He is excited to be supporting HIEDA members in delivering the highest quality of care in their own environments.

Nick Ellis, JJ Ellis Ltd

Nick is a Director of J.J. Ellis Ltd, a provider of training services based in London and the South of England. Feedback from delegates is overwhelmingly positive, with Nick’s enthusiasm and passion for the subject ensuring that all participants are getting from the training everything they can. Outside J.J. Ellis, Nick was a front-line serving Police Office in London for over 17 years where he had to deal with mental health crisis as well as supporting colleagues.

During his time in the Police, in addition to his front line work he has also run a schools team and been seconded to the Princes Trust to work as a team leader. Prior to the Police, Nick worked as a sound and lighting engineer within Theatre. Nick has been an MHFA instructor since 2014 and he combines the theoretical knowledge delivered in the courses with his own practical experience as a serving Metropolitan Officer, Theatrical Lighting Engineer, youth worker with the Prince’s Trust and Scout Association. In addition to his professional interest in this matter, he also has an Autistic Son, bringing a very personal reason for his passion.

Course Tutor

Kate Boyd-Williams

Kate trains educators and pastoral staff to be Wellbeing Coaches in Education. After many years of experience as an educator, housemistress, coach and wellbeing expert, her mission is to provide high quality training and support, in order to create a sense of calm, connection and purpose in all schools.
Her ethos is focused on creating balance and purpose in our own lives so we can first role-model healthy and strong practice to those we live and work with, and then coach others to do likewise.

Prior to founding her business (kateboydwilliams.com), Kate worked for twelve years as a Housemistress for teenage boys and girls in three different schools: Millfield School,UK: Aiglon College, Switzerland; and Uppingham School, UK. She was also an MFL teacher and Head of Wellbeing.

Her experience and desire for more informed support in senior pastoral roles, led to her training in a range of coaching and wellbeing practices, in order to create environments in which pupils and staff could feel safe, secure in themselves and excited about their future.

Kate is a fully qualified Coach and Wellbeing Coach, Sophrologist, Hypnotherapist and Teen Yoga Teacher. She incorporates all these skills to create a highly effective and dynamic programme for training staff in schools.

Kate has trained and coached many pupils, educators, and leaders on their path to success and wellbeing, and helped them to find tools and techniques to find intrinsic motivation and achieve ambitious goals, whilst also maintaining a healthy and positive work-life balance.

Study Days for the Spring module are:

  • Study Day 1, March 20, 2024
  • Study Day 2, April 25, 2024
  • Study Day 3, May 17, 2024

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

All study days will be online via Zoom.


NB: Please be aware that it is crucial to remain on your assigned course path and tutor group to gain the very best out of your training. Of course, we understand some things are unavoidable however we cannot guarantee alternative placement days, and this may incur an admin charge



20 March
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


Health in Education Association
Boarding School Association