Adult 2 Day Foundation training (‘Keeping Trauma in Mind’)

All practitioners start with our 2 Day Foundation training, to introduce them to the Solihull Approach and how it can be used in their daily work on a one-to-one basis.
The Keeping Trauma in Mind Solihull Approach training is designed for any practitioner working predominantly with adult clients or service users from any agency.

This training aims to increase emotional health and wellbeing, as well as introducing delegates to the developmental effects of childhood trauma in relation to working with adults and their families.

The Solihull Approach introduces a model for understanding the impact of relationships on health and wellbeing and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on health and wellbeing. It supports effective and consistent approaches across agencies as a shared framework.

The training is for 12 people at a time and is suitable for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Mental Health Workers, Social Workers, Support Workers, Project Workers, Housing Officers, Probation Officers, Community Police and others to help practitioners develop an understanding of key concepts that are central to thinking about relationships. The Solihull Approach underpins and supports all models of therapy by focussing on the building blocks for healthy relationships, so that specific techniques can be more effective.
Individuals in the UK can attend one of the regular training held in Solihull, see here for dates.
Individuals from abroad, please contact us.
There are two weeks between Day 1 and Day 2 to enhance theory into practice.
Each delegate will need a relevant Supporting Information Booklet (included in the cost of training for individuals). We also encourage practitioners to have access to a more comprehensive Resource Pack (for example the School Years Resource Pack). This encourages further reading about the model and its application, enhancing theory into practice. The Resource Packs include photocopiable handouts for adults who are parents.
We have found that in order to support professionals’ continued use of the Solihull Approach model and to move theory into practice, it is vital to put into place a plan for ongoing support before the training begins, see Making it Happen. Many areas have found a variety of ways of providing support, see Solihull Approach in Use. The adult workers attending the pilot ‘Keeping Trauma in Mind’ training have been supported by a further four x 1.5 hour practice development sessions, which are considered to have made a big difference.

For more details, see below or download this leaflet.

Type of training:


Typical length:

2 days, with 2 weeks between Day 1 and Day 2

Aim of training:

To introduce practitioners to the Solihull Approach model as applied to working with adult clients. To introduce practitioners to Trauma, make links between relational trauma and mental health diagnoses, and understand how the Solihull Approach model is relevant to supporting service users who have experienced trauma in their lives.

Example content:

Introduction to the theories central to the Solihull Approach model; brain development; trauma and the stress response; neurology and trauma, recognising trauma; supporting recovery from trauma; observation exercise and practice, applying the model.


£199 for 1 person attending training in Solihull (includes a Supporting Information Booklet) or £1499 for a group of 12. This does not include the required x12 Supporting Information Booklets (or 1 per delegate) nor the price of Resource Packs. This does not include trainers travel costs or accommodation. We try to use trainers near to you to keep costs to a minimum.

Pre-training knowledge:

Experience of working professionally with adult clients.


For Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Mental Health workers, Social Workers, Support workers, Project workers, Housing officers, and anyone working in the adult field.

Maximum number of people: