Mental Health Champions – Class Teacher programme (Dundee)

Mental Health Champions – Class Teacher programme

Led by Place2Be, the ‘Mental Health Champions – Class Teacher programme’ is designed for teaching staff who have an interest in developing their knowledge around children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing and how to work with this in the classroom.

By the end of the programme participants will:

  • be confident in addressing mental health in the classroom
  • have an understanding of attachment and recent developments in neuroscience
  • feel more confident building resilience in children – with skills in solution focused and cognitive behavioural techniques
  • be more self-aware and understanding of how to look after their own mental well-being

The programme consists of four three-hour workshops supported by Place2Think group consultation sessions. The workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • Friday 25 October
  • Friday 22 November
  • Friday 13 December
  • Thursday 13 February

The programme emphasises engagement and interaction between participants, often including role plays and other small group work. As a result the number of places available on the course is limited to 20 attendees.

This training programme has also been held in Edinburgh (February – June 2019) and Glasgow (September – December 2019).

The programme consists of four workshops supported by Place2Think group consultation sessions. Each Place2Think session will allow participants the chance to review the behaviour of individual children and young people they work with and provide practical strategies for dealing with challenging or concerning behaviour.

The workshops will start at 09:30 and finish at 14:45.

Workshop 1

Friday 25 October

Understanding children’s mental health

  • Introduction to the Mental Health Champions programme
  • Introduction to mental health and listening skills
Workshop 2

Friday 22 November

An introduction to attachment theory and Neuroscience

  • Attachment Theory
  • Neuroscience
  • Adverse Childhood Experience
  • Risk and Resilience
Workshop 3

Friday 13 December

Cognitive behavioural and solution focussed techniques

  • Strategies for providing emotional support for children and young people
Workshop 4

Thursday 13 February

Supporting the whole school community

  • Emotional well-being for the whole school community, parents and School Staff
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity providing universal and targeted school-based mental health support to over 280 schools throughout Britain. Place2Be has had a presence in Scotland for the last 15 years and is currently working in schools across Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire reaching a population of over 13,000 children and young people. Our in-depth training programmes improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff and includes our SCEL Endorsed Mental Health Champions training.


The General Teaching Council for Scotland
Successful Organisations are provided with the GTCS quality mark for professional learning to use to promote their work. Teachers and leaders can be confident that organisations holding this quality mark have been through a rigorous application process and demonstrated that the key features of high quality, effective professional learning are embedded into the principles of programme design and the programmes on offer.

SCEL (Scottish College for Educational Leadership) is a new development for education in Scotland that aims to support teachers and practitioners to make a difference to the outcomes for children and young people. As a core part of Teaching Scotland’s Future, we support leadership development at all levels for education practitioners across Scotland. As from 1 April 2018 the Scottish College for Education Leadership (SCEL) and its programmes transferred to Education Scotland.

Registration for this event has now closed.


Standard Rate
(This is the standard rate for the full programme – including all four workshops and related Place2Think consultation sessions)

The Dundee ‘Mental Health Champions – Class Teacher programme’ will be hosted at the following venues across Dundee…

Workshop 1, Friday 25 October – Eastern Primary School, Digital Suite – Centenary Wing, Camperdown Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 3AE
Workshop 2, Friday 22 November – St Johns High School, Harefield Rd, Dundee, DD3 6EY
Workshop 3, Friday 13 December – St Johns High School, Harefield Rd, Dundee, DD3 6EY
Workshop 4, Thursday 13 February – Dundee House, Dundee City Council, 50 N Lindsay St, Dundee, DD1 1QE


Eastern Primary School

St Johns High School

Dundee House

What previous attendees said…

The feedback received from those teachers who have already undertaken the course has been overwhelmingly positive. Below are some comments from Class Teachers who have recently undertaken the Programme…

Being able to speak and listen to other peoples experiences – you realise you’re not the only one facing these issues.

The course has 100% helped improve my understanding of children and young people’s mental health. I’m already using the techniques in school.

The Place2Think sessions were really helpful, being able to talk freely about some of the challenges I face in the classroom was so helpful.

The sessions on solution focused techniques and on self-care were really helpful, realising it’s okay to take time for self-care, then we can be our best selves to help our children.