Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Training
Gloucestershire’s second cohort of 25 Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) began their training on October 3rd 2018 and concluded their training on Wednesday 5th June 2019. There are now 40 trained ELSAs in schools across Gloucestershire.
ELSA is a national programme of staff training to support vulnerable children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service is a member of the national network.
The ELSA project was developed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources so as to reduce exclusions. ELSAs are not only trained to plan and deliver programmes of support for pupils in their school or setting, they are also trained in key relational skills.
Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools (TISUK)
Alongside this, a new course developed by Trauma Informed Schools UK (TISUK) to train school staff to become Trauma and Mental Health Informed (TMHI) Practitioners will begin in Gloucestershire in November 2019. This is a Level 5 Diploma course that equips school staff or youth workers to therapeutically support children and young people with trauma and mental health needs.
Both the ELSA course and the TISUK Diploma aim to support school staff to have greater confidence in their ability to the one ‘emotionally available adult’ research suggests is a key protective factor in mitigating the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and promoting long-term resilience.
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