Thrive Approach Adolescence Licensed Practitioner Course

Course overview

Adolescence is a time of self-exploration, creative expression and transformation. Young people experience a burst in brain development, a changing body and challenging transitions as they progress on their journey to adulthood. This provides an amazing window of opportunity to help them become more emotionally resilient and open to learning.

Informed by the latest advances in neuroscience, as well as attachment theory and child development, the Thrive Approach enables you to seize the opportunities of adolescence and create a safe and emotionally healthy environment for the young people in your setting.

This Thrive Licensed Practitioner virtual training course, tailored for those working alongside adolescents, will equip you with the essential skills needed to support the social and emotional development of all young people; helping them to develop healthy stress regulation systems, strengthen their emotional resilience and ultimately protect them from potential mental health difficulties.

The course will show you how the brain and body change during adolescence and the impact this can have on their behaviour. Our experienced trainers will explore with you how to work alongside young people, how to scaffold their development and respond appropriately to their emotions, and importantly how you can reassure them that the changes they are going through are normal.

You will also explore how Thrive-Online, our profiling and action-planning tool, can be used to identify the social and emotional needs of the young people you work with. You will be shown how to identify the relevant strategies and action plans that will support their development.

Book your place via email (pay by invoice)

Suitable for

This course, leading to Thrive Licensed Practitioner status, is ideal for anyone working closely with adolescents in a teaching, health care or social care role. It is particularly beneficial to professionals with pastoral responsibilities, including safeguarding, special educational needs, SEMH education or a tutor role.

There are no previous qualifications required to undertake this course, other than being comfortable with day-to-day use of a laptop or tablet, having a role working with young people and wanting to make a difference.

Price also includes: Thrive membership, professional Licensing on successful completion of the course, plus two CPD webinars in your first year.

Course content

During the virtual training sessions, you will learn about:

  • The essential theory and neuroscience that underpins the Thrive Approach.
  • Changes to the brain and body of an adolescent, and the impact on their wellbeing and behaviour.
  • Developing your professional practice with a focus on self-awareness and your relational stance.
  • Ways to teach young people about the changes happening during adolescence.
  • Right-time and reparative support for adolescent social and emotional development.
  • How to use Thrive-Online to assess the social and emotional needs of students, in small groups and individually.
  • How to develop and implement action plans that support the needs of students who struggle to access learning, and how to review their progress.
  • Common strategies for embedding Thrive in your setting and supporting your colleagues to work more effectively with young people.

Course outcomes

Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Licensed Practitioner for Adolescence status. You will have acquired the additional skills and knowledge to implement the Thrive Approach to benefit all students (right-time), and be able to work with individual students needing additional support (reparative).

To maintain your Licensed status you need to attend Thrive CPD courses and actively use Thrive-Online. The annual criteria is to gain 10 CPD points and profile/re-profile a minimum of three individuals.

Teaching from September 2021

Proposed Course Dates:

Adolescent Practitioner Course - Block 1

Days 1 & 2: 15th and 16th September

Days 3 & 4: 20th and 21st October

Days 5 & 6: 1st and 2nd December

Adolescent Practitioner Course - Block 2

Days 1 & 2: 3rd and 4th November

Days 3 & 4: 8th and 9th December

Days 5 & 6: 2nd and 3rd February

Adolescent Practitioner Course - Block 3

Days 1 & 2: 9th and 10th March

Days 3 & 4: 4th and 5th May

Days 5 & 6: 22nd and 23rd June


4 face-to-face days + 2 sessions of 2-mentoring + E-learning - £TBC - Book now via email (pay by invoice)