training programmes

Senior Mental Health Lead

Our tailored course will train school leaders in the eight core outcome areas outlined in the DfE Green Paper; focussing on developing specific leadership and management skills that will promote a culture and structure that supports positive mental health and wellbeing in your school and college.

  • Become part of a network of change leaders, supporting each other to implement, embed and sustain a healthy environment for growth.
  • Ongoing access to our mental health community hub of psychotherapists, researchers and experts.
  • Key components of our training include a Terapia SMHL Learning Guide with reflective journal, individual coaching sessions and SMHL group forums.

Download our brochure here.

Step 1. Secure your place today by submitting a booking form with Terapia.

Step 2. Apply here for DfE grant funding of £1200 to cover the full cost of our training (£800).

Quoting our reference number: SMHL012.

Terapia’s SMHL training programme:

  • Delivered on a rolling-basis across one year or attended on a modular basis.
  • Includes: 1 full day and 2 half days of training; termly 1.5-hour focused group forums and 1-hour individual coaching sessions – equating to 14 hours of continued professional development (CPD).
  • Hosted at either our beautiful training centre, online or at your local hub.
  • Gain access to our established SMHL network of participants from all our groups around the country.
  • The minimum size of the training group will be eight SMHL colleagues and a maximum of 20 to enable the context and personal experience of every participant to be utilised in developing shared practices.
  • The total cost is £800 per person. Contact us for rates per module.

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The next scheduled training dates are:

Autumn Term

Thursday 7th November 2024, 09:30 – 16:30 (Modules 1-4, full day)

Focussed Group Forum  1 – Thursday 28th November 2024, 16:00-17:30

Spring Term

Thursday 30th January 2025, 09:30 – 13:00 (Modules 5-6, half day)

Focussed Group Forum 2 – Thursday 13th February 2025, 16:00 – 17:30

Summer Term

Thursday 1st May 2025, 09:30 – 13:00 (Modules 7-8, half day)

Focussed Group Forum 3 – Thursday 22nd May 2025, 16:00 – 17:30

This unique training course is designed specifically for school leaders and is aimed to help develop the knowledge and skills required for education settings to implement an effective whole school or college approach to positive mental health and wellbeing. The course is FREE for all participating schools after applying for Department for Education (DfE) funding. There are no minimum entry requirements to join this course.

Our course covers the eight core outcomes outlined in the DfE Green Paper and is quality assured by the DfE.

Pamela Butler
Pamela Butler

Head of Services & Development

[MA, BA(Hons), DET5]
An experienced and qualified trainer and facilitator who has worked to promote inclusion, well-being and mental health throughout her professional life. Pamela delivers mental health training to schools and families on behalf of The Charlie Waller Trust and is part of a pilot project working with the Anna Freud Centre and National Children’s Bureau in training the Wider Children’s Workforce. She is an experienced Safeguarding Trainer, Parenting Group Facilitator and Conflict Resolution Mediator. Currently she manages every aspect of developing and delivering Terapia’s therapeutic services to schools, organisations and families. Pamela has extensive experience as a manager and practitioner directly supporting parents, carers, professionals and young people in education settings and outreach programmes. She is a post-graduate Policy Studies student at UCL’s Institute of Education and member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. Pamela is passionate about thinking practically and philosophically about ethical issues, for instance, how to overcome barriers to engagement with mental health and social care services and matters of parental consent.

Jonathan Block

SMHL Training Facilitator

[MBA, BEd, Adv Dip, NPQH, FcollT, NPQSI]
A former Secondary School Headteacher and qualified as an Ofsted inspector. Jonathan has a deep knowledge and understanding of senior leadership and mental health related issues. He has worked in a range of different schools and was the Chair of the Management Board of the North Hertfordshire PRU. He has extensively designed and delivered school leadership programmes in Europe and Asia on behalf of University College London’s Institute of Education and the British Council. He provides individual coaching to many prospective and in-post headteachers and has conducted research into the mental health of headteachers. Jonathan delivers the National Professional Qualifications for Middle, Senior and Head Teachers for a teaching school hub in London. Recently, he has facilitated training groups on issues around data protection and team building. He is also involved in voluntary work as a Trustee of Terapia’s Psychotherapy Training Centre and in regular visits to Poland where he supports the local village school in their English teaching.


The Department for Education (DfE) are providing all state schools and colleges in England with a grant of £1,200, to pay for SMHL training. At a cost of £800, our training enables you to utilise the remaining funds for backfill or resources to support your SMHL implementation. If you would like to attend the course on a modular basis, please contact us for prices.



Step 1. Secure your place today by submitting a booking form with Terapia.

Step 2. Apply here for DfE grant funding of £1200 to cover the full cost of our training (£800).

Quoting our reference number: SMHL012.


Apply for this course

If you're having trouble completing the online form please click here to download the application form as a PDF.

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