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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Course

Next training sessions:  

All days:  9.30am to 4pm (tea/coffee @ 9am)

Day 1:  3 October 2018 

Day 2: 14 November 2018 

Day 3: 16 January 2019 

Day 4: 13 February 2019 

Day 5: 6 March 2019 

Day 6: 8 May 2019 

Day 7: 5 June 2019 


Course details

A 7 day therapeutic mentoring course to support practitioners in nurturing the emotional resiliency of vulnerable students.

ELSA is a national programme of staff training to support children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.  It was first developed in Hampshire by Sheila Burton and is well researched and evidence-based.  ELSA is a national network, of which Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service is a member.

The ELSA project was developed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources.

ELSAs are trained to plan and deliver programmes of support for pupils in their school or setting.

The course will cover the following topics and all days will be delivered by specialist or trained Educational Psychologists:

Resilience, Attachment, Emotion Coaching, Self-esteem, Active Listening/Communication Skills, Social Skills Interventions, Strengths-Based Approaches, Solution-Focused Approaches, Creative Therapeutic Interventions, Trauma, Loss, Bereavement, Family Separation, Cognitive Behavioural Approaches, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness.


Where: 4-6 Commercial Road (former Global Languages Immersion Centre) Gloucester  GL1 2AE

Cost: £600  - to include lunch (cost can be split - £400 this financial year/£200 in April 2019)


What happens after training?

ELSAs will be able to:

  • Carry out regular (weekly)half-hour sessions with individual pupils or small groups.
  • Develop programmes of support that are matched to pupil needs.
  • Monitor interventions using appropriate tools for evaluating the impact of interventions for children with SEMH needs.
  • Share ideas with other staff about how to support pupils.


What's included?

The ELSA training is for staff who are looking to develop their therapeutic mentoring skills to support pupils in their setting who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional needs.

ELSAs will receive:

  • 7 days initial training from the Educational Psychology Service, including an ELSA information pack provided, and the book Emotional Wellbeing: An Introductory Handbook written by Gillian Shotton and Shelia Burton.
  • 6 sessions of support and group supervision from an Educational Psychologist.
  • Opportunities to continue to develop their skills and experience.

ELSAs will need:

  • A supportive line manager to promote the role of the ELSA within the school. (A Senior Manager is required to attend the first morning of training with the participant ELSA).

For more information on research into the effectiveness of ELSA please see: www.elsanetwork.org

Please note: On-going supervision will be expected in order to maintain the accreditation.  This will incur an additional cost of £150 per year per setting.  This cost includes 6x1½ hour supervision sessions.


Who is this course for? Teaching assistants, primary school staff, secondary school staff, SEMH special school/alternative provision staff, independent school staff, social care professionals, family support workers, youth workers, learning mentors, college staff, Gloucestershire University staff


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