school services

Schools & Organisations

Terapia’s School Services delivers a wide range of specialist therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, as well as other community organisations, to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, their families, parents/carers and the professionals working with them. We are also experienced working in pupil referral units, leaving care services and special educational needs schools, providing safe and effective support.

We use in-depth counselling skills and non-verbal techniques such as art, play, drama and music therapies in one-to-one sessions to enable children and young people to express themselves, work through difficulties, release anxiety and improve their self-esteem. We are also able to facilitate groupwork, school assemblies and staff training workshops.

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Senior Mental Health Lead Training

Terapia’s Senior Mental Health Lead training is quality-assured by the Department for Education (DfE). This unique training course will help to develop the knowledge and skills for education settings to implement an effective whole school or college approach to positive mental health and wellbeing.

  • Become part of a network of change leaders, supporting each to implement, embed and sustain a healthy environment for growth.
  • Ongoing access to our mental health community hub of psychotherapists, researchers and experts.

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 is one of the leading Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling training organisations in the UK. We also provide highly specialised counselling, psychotherapy and bespoke mental health services for children, young people, parents, carers and families. We work with individuals, organisations, schools and the statutory and non-statutory sector.

Terapia’s SMHL training has been quality assured by the DfE and we are offering it to you.

Our course will equip you 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.

Terapia’s SMHL Training Specification

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 20 hours of continued professional development (CPD).
  • Hosted at either our beautiful training centre or online.
  • Gain access to our established SMHL network of participants from all our groups around the country.
  • The maximum size of each training group will be 20 SMHL colleagues 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.

The next scheduled training programme dates are:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Key components of our training include a Terapia SMHL Learning Guide with reflective journal, individual coaching sessions and SMHL ‘Change Leader’ network forums.

Our facilitators are highly experienced in both school leadership and management, training delivery, as well as providing therapeutic support and guidance for children, young people, families and professionals.

If you have any questions regarding our SMHL programme, please contact Pamela Butler by email [email protected] or call Jonathan Block on 07795 297921.

To secure your place on Terapia’s SMHL Training you must complete a booking form (below) then apply to the DfE for your grant for senior mental health lead training, quoting our reference number: SMHL012.

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