Programmes for Higher Education Institutions

Connecting with People (CwP) provides a comprehensive, organisational response to mental health awareness, including self-harm and suicide awareness, prevention and response.  

We are able to offer all Higher Education Institutions a range of bite sized training courses to ensure that participants attend modules that are appropriate to their employed role. We want course attendees to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence required to respond appropriately and safely to someone experiencing mental health concerns. The modules include a triage assessment to improve the consistency and appropriateness of the response to someone engaging in self harm or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Our evidence-based, peer-reviewed training considers mental health from a ‘safeguarding’ perspective and is delivered by a team of passionate, highly skilled trainers; all with significant working experience.

We are able to deliver training at a venue of your choice and offer two modes of delivery:

’Direct to Participant’ modules are offered to smaller educational establishments and designed to train up to 30 delegates at a time (smaller groups and multiple sessions can be easily arranged).

Train the Trainer’ programmes are a more cost-effective approach for larger educational establishments. We can assist in selecting a team of in-house trainers who will be able to deliver unlimited training throughout the institution, once they have met a required standard and become licensed trainers.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, we welcome enquiries and we are happy to advise if you’re unsure which mode of delivery or modules would be beneficial.

Compassion at Work (2 hours)

This module aims to increase understanding of employee ‘self-care’, to enable compassionate practice and reduce employee burn out. It explores the positive impact that a compassionate approach can have and examines the evidence base for enhanced outcomes through compassion, understanding the barriers to delivering compassionate care and identifying ways to overcome them.

It is suitable for all staff members and is particularly useful for those who are are at risk of ‘burn out’ and ‘stress-related leave’.

At the end of the module participants will be able to understand the elements of a compassionate approach, the barriers to provide compassionate care in a demanding and time-pressured environment; understand the importance of self-care and healthy organisations to sustain compassionate practice.

 

Emotional Resilience (2 hours)

This module aims to enhance emotional literacy, develop understanding and challenge stigma regarding emotional problems.  It spreads the message that suicide is potentially preventable and that people who develop suicidal thoughts, ideas or plans can be helped so that they do not engage in suicidal behaviour.

It is suitable for all staff members.

At the end of the module participants will be able to have a greater emotional literacy and know how to enhance their resilience.  They will have an understanding of positive ways to cope with stress or emotional distress and know where to access further support if they ever need help in the future.

 

Emotional Resourcefulness (2 hours)

This module aims to increase participants’ awareness of the key components of emotional resilience and develop a plan to improve their emotional resourcefulness.

It is suitable for all staff members and is particularly useful for those who working in a high pressure environment.

At the end of the module participants will: understand how stressor can have an impact on emotional wellbeing; understand Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; have a plan to maintain their 5 a week for emotional wellbeing and a plan to improve their emotional resourcefulness.

 

Suicide Awareness Module (2 hours)

This module aims to create empathy and challenge stigma by helping course attendees develop their understanding of suicidal behaviour, suicide mitigation and promotes their role in suicide prevention.

It is suitable for all staff members. Particularly useful to those working directly with students including - academic staff, student services department staff, library staff, IT suite staff, religious services members, medical services staff, security staff and administrative staff who deal with student enquiries. 

At the end of the module participants will be able to develop a compassionate approach suitable for demanding and time-pressured environments.  They will know their role in suicide prevention and be able to use the resources provided to ask about suicidal thoughts and how to seek help from Statutory and third sector services.

 

Suicide Response Part 1 (2 hours)

This module covers safe assessment, triage, providing an immediate response, instillation of hope, third sector and community support and co-creation of a safety plan.

It is suitable for staff members who work on a one-to-one basis with students. Specialised student services staff, academic staff and religious services members.

At the end of the module participants will be able to use the CwP’s resources to assess and safe triage of a suicidal individual.  They will have the skills to co-create an immediate safety plan. A detailed list of clinical tools that are introduced within this module can be found on page 14. 

 

Suicide Response Part 2 (2 hours)

This module covers how to develop a collaborative and transparent approach to mitigating suicide risk and how to increase your patient’s resilience to suicidal thoughts.  Participants will deepen their knowledge of the risk assessment process and how to mitigate Human Factors Error when assessing suicidal patients.

It is suitable for mental health professional staff

At the end of the module participants will be able to create a comprehensive, person-centred bio-psychosocial suicide mitigation plan and be able to help their patients develop strategies to increase their resilience to suicidal thoughts.  This approach is recommended in the Department of Health National Risk Management Programme - Best practice in managing risk. London: Department of Health; 2007.  A detailed list of clinical tools that are introduced can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Self-Harm Awareness Module (2 hours)

This module aims to encourage empathy, develop understanding and challenge stigma.

It is suitable for all staff members. Particularly useful to those working directly with students including - academic staff, student services department staff, library staff, IT suite staff, religious services members, medical services staff, security staff and administrative staff who deal with student enquiries.

At the end of the module participants will be able to compassionately engage with people who self-harm; engage people who self-harm in harm minimisation and enable them to explore additional ways of dealing with distress.

 

Self-Harm Response (2 hours)

This module aims to provide a range of tools and techniques for health and social care practitioners, service users and carers.

It is suitable for all staff members. Particularly useful to those working directly with students including - academic staff, student services department staff, library staff, IT suite staff, religious services members, medical services staff, security staff and administrative staff who deal with student enquiries.

At the end of the module participants will be able to understand the role of psychological therapies: use the Bank of Hope including problem-solving approach and the ABC approach and how to use it.  They will understand ways to develop resilience including mindfulness approaches.

 

Suicide Response Modules - Additional Information

Attendees to our Suicide Response modules will be introduced to CwP’s suite of evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical tools, designed to enhance clinical practice. CwP tools have been developed in collaboration with leading practitioners and academics in the UK and provides a robust framework to facilitate in identifying and responding to suicide risk. They have been designed to to enhance the quality, consistency and documentation of mental state examinations and can be used alongside existing risk management tools.

CwP’s highly-rated Suicide Assessment E-tool App (SAFETool), is a user-friendly, web-based app that can be fully integrated within existing healthcare IT systems or used as a standalone tool on smart phones, tablets laptops and PC’s. The E-tool, developed in collaboration with leading practitioners and academics in the UK and thoroughly peer-reviewed, guides staff members through the process of identifying, capturing and evaluating suicidal thoughts. When used as part of a mental state assessment, the E-tool provides documentary evidence of the assessment and safety plan that underpin risk assessments. To maintain technical integrity, the CwP SAFETool is only available to delegates attending CwP training modules. 

In addition to the E-tool, attendees will also be introduced and to:

  • CwP’s Evidence-Based ‘Risk Factors and ‘Red Warning Signs’ Assessment Tool
  • CwP’s Mitigation Framework 
  • CwP’s Safety Plans

 

Attendees will also have access to a number of resource guides and advice/support platforms upon course completion. These include a series of patient leaflets, on-going access to CwP’s licensed trainer, peer-to-peer support network and access to CwP’s support service for accredited trainers (which is administered by experienced, healthcare practitioners and trainers).

Core Train the Trainer - Any two CwP modules (2 Days)

This programme is designed to prepare staff members to train colleagues in two of the Connecting with People Direct-to-Participation modules.  It covers both the content of the sessions, facilitation and presentation skills to increase the impact of the training delivery.  Attendees will receive a comprehensive trainer pack with all of the materials required to deliver their own Connecting with People Training in-house.

It is suitable for all staff members who intend to deliver training throughout the institution. Delivery of suicide response modules 2 and 3, are only suitable for experienced staff members who work on a one-to-one basis with students, including specialised student services staff, academic staff and religious services members. Further details of CwP tools can be found at the end of this section.

At the end of the 2 day programme participants will be able to deliver two of the Connecting with People Modules in-house.  Once an individual has become a licensed trainer, they can attend 1 day Train-the-Trainer top-up sessions to enable them to deliver two additional Connecting with People Modules.

This licence to offer the training on an unlimited basis is subject to our simple quality standards.  This standard of quality must be attained before we grant the licence and a small number of people may not meet this standard.  If this is the case, we offer these individuals detailed feedback and the opportunity for a future assessment until the required standard can be met.  We reserve the right to revoke the licence if our quality standards are not being maintained.  All trainers must attend a short refresher training session every two years. The cost of the refresher training is included in the annual licence fee.  Licensed trainers are required to keep a record of people trained for ongoing evaluation purposes.

 

Top-Up Train-the-Trainer Programme (1/2 day)

This programme is designed to prepare staff members to train colleagues in one additional Connecting with People Module. 

It is suitable for Connecting with People Licensed Trainers who have successfully completed the Connecting with People 2 day Core Train the Trainer programme.

At the end of the 1/2 day top-up programme, participants will be able to deliver one additional Connecting with People Module in-house.  

The licence to deliver this module, which allows the Licensed Trainer to offer the training on an unlimited basis is subject to our simple quality standards.  We reserve the right to revoke the licence if our quality standards are not being maintained.  Records of those trained must be kept by trainers for ongoing evaluation purposes.

 

Top-Up Train the Trainer Programme (1 day)

This programme is designed to prepare staff members to train colleagues in two additional Connecting with People Modules. 

It is suitable for Connecting with People Licensed Trainers who have successfully completed the Connecting with People 2 day Core Train the Trainer programme.

At the end of the 1 day top-up programme, participants will be able to deliver two additional Connecting with People Modules in-house.  

The licence to deliver these modules which allows the Licensed Trainer to offer the training on an unlimited basis is subject to our simple quality standards.  We reserve the right to revoke the licence if our quality standards are not being maintained.  Records of those trained must be kept by trainers for ongoing evaluation purposes.

 

Suicide Response Programmes - Additional Information

Attendees to our Suicide Response modules will be introduced to CwP’s suite of evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical tools, designed to enhance clinical practice. CwP tools have been developed in collaboration with leading practitioners and academics in the UK and provides a robust framework to facilitate in identifying and responding to suicide risk. They have been designed to to enhance the quality, consistency and documentation of mental state examinations and can be used alongside existing risk management tools.

CwP’s highly-rated Suicide Assessment E-tool App, is a user-friendly, web-based app that can be fully integrated within existing healthcare IT systems or used as a standalone tool on smart phones, tablets laptops and PC’s. The E-tool, developed in collaboration with leading practitioners and academics in the UK and thoroughly peer-reviewed, guides staff members through the process of identifying, capturing and evaluating suicidal thoughts. When used as part of a mental state assessment, the E-tool provides documentary evidence of the assessment and safety plan that underpin risk assessments. To maintain technical integrity, the CwP E-tool is only available to delegates attending CwP training modules. 

In addition to the E-tool, attendees will also be introduced and to:

  • CwP’s Evidence-Based ‘Risk Factors and ‘Red Warning Signs’ Assessment Tool
  • CwP’s Mitigation Framework 

The following prices are for courses given to charities and NHS trusts. Different prices may apply for other organisations, please contact us for details. Bursaries available for small organisations.

 

Connecting with People Training Programmes

Description

DurationPriceCapacity

Suicide Mitigation Training Programme

(Suicide Awareness, Suicide response Part 1 and 2)

1 Day£2,500Up to 15 people

Suicide Mitigation Training Programme

(Suicide Awareness, Suicide response Part 1 and 2)

1 Day£4,000Up to 30 people

Self Harm Mitigation Training Programme

(Self Harm Awareness and Self Harm Response)

1 Day£2,500Up to 15 people

Self Harm Mitigation Training Programme

(Self Harm Awareness and Self Harm Response)

1 Day£4,000Up to 30 people
2 or 3 Module Open Programme1 Day

£200 - £400 (depending on programme host/venue)

1 person

 

Connecting with People Modules

DescriptionDurationPriceCapacity
2 Modules1 Day£2,500Up to 15 people
2 Modules1 Day£4,000Up to 30 people
1 Module1/2 Day£2,000Up to 15 people
1 Module1/2 Day£3,000Up to 30 people
2 Module Open Programme1 Day

£200 - £400 (depending on programme host/venue)

1 person

 

Licensed Trainer Programme

Please contact us to discuss our Licensed trainer programmes

 

 

  • Prices include all standard travel and subsistence expenses. However, where delivery is in a location that requires extra overnight accommodation or air travel, these expenses will incur additional costs. Any additional costs would be agreed in advance.
  • Prices do not include room hire or refreshments, although we are happy to organise these if required. Any additional costs would be agreed in advance.
  • All prices are valid until 1st January 2016