Courses and Consultancy for Schools

Theia Training would be delighted to work with all types of schools. We have particular expertise working in the international school sector, and with boarding schools who welcome expatriate and international children into their school communities.

Online Courses

Our online course for teachers, teaching assistants, and school leaders, Supporting Expatriate Students in Schools, is currently in development.  We will be delighted to offer this three module course within the next few months.  Please look below for more information about this exciting upcoming course.

In-Person Courses

Our in-person courses and consultancy services are available throughout the UK and internationally, and all live training and consultancy can be tailored to meet the needs of your unique school community.

All of our online courses are self-paced, meaning that you can complete them in your own time, year round, from anywhere in the world. This makes our courses relevant, affordable, and accessible, regardless of your location or professional circumstances.

Our innovative online courses remove the costs of travel, hotels, per diems, cover/substitute teachers, and make our training more cost effective than traditional professional development courses. Additionally, many of our courses offer participants the opportunity to receive personal attention from Kathy or Melissa through our online mentoring system.

The courses for Schools listed below can be tailored to meet the needs of your school, whether it is a local school, an international school, or a boarding school.

This comprehensive course is currently being developed for counsellors, therapists, and psychologists who are interested in international school counseling.

It is appropriate for both counsellors who are new to international schools and for seasoned international school counselors.  It is a very thorough course, which will help counselors to hit the ground running in their schools, and will set them apart during the recruitment process.

Course aims

  • Explore the differences between international and national school counseling systems.Look at the differences between UK, US, and International Baccalaureate educational systems.
  • Explore how the international school counsellor can support student wellbeing across the school by engaging with the IB Learner Profile or the Personal, Social, and Health Education curriculum.
  • Look at challenges facing international school counsellors, including child protection/safeguarding.
  • Explore proactive as well as clinical approaches to school counseling.
  • Identify how school counselors can take an active role in supporting the international school population through transitions.

Please note that this course will not qualify participants as counselors and is not initial counselor training.  It is a professional development course.

This accredited eight module course delivers 40 professional development hours.  It is self-paced and must be completed in one year.  A certificate of completion will be issued.

Course fees

£1,485 for the eight module course. To sign up, please follow the PayPal link below (please note that once you have signed up for the course, no refunds will be given).

Expatriate living impacts children on multiple levels.

Questions surrounding identity and belonging, feelings of restlessness, relational struggles, repeated cycles of loss and grief are the most poignant issues facing expatriates today. These challenges, caused by the ever changing landscape associated with the expatriate lifestyle, can have a profound impact on well-being.

This course is essential for teachers and school leaders who work with children, young people and their families from an expatriate frame of reference. It aims to provide participants with the additional skills and expertise necessary to ensure the support they provide is grounded in a deep understanding of this unique population.

The course delivers 12 hours of CPD and a certificate of completion will be issued.

Adolescence is a critical phase in human development. During this time, young people are often faced with a number of overwhelming struggles including social pressures, negative family interaction, school demands and significant developmental changes.

Being an adolescent can be challenging, but it is important to remember that the majority successfully navigate through their teenage years. Research suggests, however, that during this time some young people are at risk of developing emotional problems that continue into adulthood.

This course is essential for members of staff who have responsibility for the social and emotional wellbeing of students in their schools. In addition to providing practical tools staff members will be able to use straightaway, this course looks at the brain development of adolescents and key emotional, psychological, and educational aspects of adolescence.

Transition is a psychological state that often incorporates a physical move. With transition there is always a sense of loss because there will always be something of value left behind, even when the gain is greater or the move heralds a brighter future.

As experts in transition, we offer a variety of courses including: Transition to Senior School, Transition to University, Turbulent Transitions, Transition and Loss.Our presentations / courses aim to:

  • Examine the key factors impacting wellbeing during transition.
  • Provide guidance as to how staff may support students undergoing transition.
  • Provide students with skills to navigate successful transitions.
  • Support schools in developing comprehensive transition programmes.

The recruitment and relocation of international teachers overseas is an exciting and challenging process for all concerned.

Supporting new staff, especially those new to international teaching, is vital in order to ensure a seamless transition. In order to minimise settling-in difficulties, we offer training for new staff to prepare them for their upcoming international position.

Course aims

To help staff:

  • Explore the theories surrounding international moves including Culture Shock, Third Culture Kids and Transition
  • Manage the emotional aspects of an international move
  • Form an understanding of the expatriate way of life, in particular the young people they will be engaging with in the classroom on a daily basis
  • Consider the practical steps necessary to facilitate a smooth transition
  • Connect with others who are about to embark on a similar journey

There is mounting evidence that stress-related illness amongst teachers has increased in recent years, resulting in emotional, physical, and mental depletion. Mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety, have become more common amongst teachers.

This course has been developed to help school leaders create an environment that supports mental health in teachers, who can subsequently enable the development of emotionally healthy students.  Our course enables schools to promote an awareness of the stresses of teaching, help staff to recognise personal coping strategies, and implement support systems to systemically address staff wellbeing. There is strong evidence to suggest that where stress is reduced, teacher absence and turnover is lower and pupil standards higher.

Course aims

  • Highlight areas that may impact mental wellbeing for teachers.
  • Develop personal and institutional strategies to support teachers’ mental health.
  • Cultivate skills which promote emotional wellbeing, including mindfulness and conflict resolution skills.
  • Foster an understanding of the need for self and community care.

Transition is a psychological state that often incorporates a physical move. During transition, even when the move heralds a brighter, more exciting future, students are often at their most vulnerable as previous support systems are dismantled and new ones yet to be secured.

This course is designed for young people who are preparing to leave their host country and either repatriating or entering a new country to start university. It invites them to look beyond just the practical aspects, to encourage a deeper understanding of the impact of such a move, including how to navigate any challenges they may face as an expatriate student at university.

Course aims

  • Develop a deep understanding of the expatriate profile.
  • Examine how expatriate living may impact the mental health and wellbeing of expatriate university students.
  • Explore the possible challenges faced by expatriate students.
  • Provide an understanding of the transition process
  • Equip students with practical advice and the skills needed to promote successful transitions to university.

“Excellent informative workshop about an important but hidden therapeutic area. An absorbing and extremely interesting day: lots of essential theory as well as strategies and interventions to use directly. Thank You!”

Students of our Counselling Expatriate Clientsa one day CPD workshop for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

“Another great workshop about challenges faced by teenagers and university students in transition is a must for internationally mobile families with teenagers. The presenter spoke specifically about additional challenges expatriate teenagers may be facing when relocating to another country. I believe it is important for parents and teenagers alike to be aware of the phases they will go through, to know it is normal and it will be ok, and will help them to cope with the challenges ahead.”

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“Great workshop about the challenges faced by Third Culture Kids and the phases of family transition! The presenter’s natural way of explaining was comfortable and relatable. Excellent tips to be better prepared for international relocation and how to support your children were given. I would highly recommend this workshop to internationally mobile families.”

FIGT Conference 2016Families in Transition Presentation

Services & Courses

Please browse though our Services & Courses to find out more about the individual services we provide for schools, universities and counsellors and to register your interest or book online for a particular course. If you have any queries please contact us.