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

29th November 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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.

Key elements of the new Certificate Course Programme:

  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Adverse Life Experiences, Lisa Jones, Headstrong, Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Health Coach
  • Looking after Yourself : Building Personal Resilience and Wellbeing
  • First Aid for Mental Health
  • 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.

Study Days for the Autumn module are:

  • Study Day 1, November 29, 2023
  • Study Day 2, January 18, 2024
  • Study Day 3, March 7, 2024

All study days will be online via Zoom.


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


If cancelling four weeks before Day 1 of the course, a refund will be given.  Cancellation after this period and before Day 1, a charge of £120 will need to be made.

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

Lisa Jones, Headstrong, Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Health Coach

Lisa Jones is a multi award-winning, science driven, fact-based therapist, coach and passionate trainer who believes that prevention is better than intervention. Lisa works in both the corporate and education sector teaching others the importance of brain health, resilience, stress management and emotional wellbeing as well as running a busy private practice.

Lisa is a fully qualified and insured Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Health Coach and Mental Health Consultant registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a senior accredited member of The National Counselling Society and The Association for Coaching.

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Lisa went on to work with adults to overcome addiction and mental health issues. Having experienced chronic ill health for many years, Lisa developed a keen interest in brain health and the brain / mind/ body connection.
Lisa was fascinated by how our minds can influence our wellbeing and vice versa. After overcoming her own health issues, she then specialised in the field of chronic ill health and stress.

The specific focus of her work addresses the mind-body connection and the impact our language (self-talk) and belief system has on all aspects of health and wellbeing, as well as self-esteem and confidence.

The principles of Neuroscience underpin the work Lisa does as she believes it is essential to educate people on how the brain works, how to influence mindset and to understand neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to form and re-organise neural connections). By doing so, this enables us to build resilience, develop essential life skills and learn how to manage stress effectively.

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.

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.


29th November 2023
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Health in Education Association