CPD can help enhance your career, enables you to learn or develop new skills and generally illustrates your commitment to your role and the organisation you work for.
By undertaking the Mentoring Practice continual professional development (CPD) course, you will learn skills to help support the young people whose health and wellbeing you are responsible for.
You might be a school teacher, a teaching assistant, a health care practitioner, or anyone who provides advice based on your own experience and practice to help others less experienced than you.
“Schools face huge challenges in dealing with mental health issues in their students, and teachers are on the front line. They witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of pressures such as exam anxiety, bullying, and family problems. The consequences of these problems are serious, often life-threatening, and teachers are desperate to help.
“Yet at a time when the need for preventative, early intervention and specialist services are soaring, schools are finding it increasingly difficult to provide the help their pupils need. There’s an urgent need for better support mechanisms in schools, as well as decent funding for the range of mental health services children and young people need.” The Guardian, June 2018
Different professionals often work together in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), and for a child having problems at school, a member of the school staff may often be the first port of call for help. Clearly, if every school had at least one member of staff trained as a mentor, the problem may end here without further intervention.
Carin, a secondary school languages teacher, had been mentoring students in various capacities for a number of years before she took this course; she was able to fast-track straight to assessment and achieved the qualification in record time.
She says, “The content was completely relevant to mentoring students but also helped me extend my skill set so that I was able to mentor younger colleagues professionally.
“The support was outstanding; my tutor was continuously supportive and encouraging and always available electronically for advice.
“The course really helped me to reflect on my practice, allowed me to see my strengths and helped me to further extend my abilities and strategies for helping and meeting different mentees’ needs.
“I would recommend this for any tutor or pastoral head; anyone who is mentoring, or wants to mentor, students and colleagues professionally with a qualification."