The NVR Certificate Course


Foundation Level – 4 days training
(to include 12 hours of group supervision)
£660 + VAT = £792   

Foundation Level only – 4 days training
(no supervision included)
£500 + VAT = £600   


21, 22, 23 June 2022 (Days 1, 2 and 3) 
15 September 2022 
(Day 4)

All days:
9am for 9.30am start.
Finish 4.30pm.
1 hour lunch break


Online via Zoom

Who should attend?

Training is open to practitioners in CAMHS, mental health, social care, education, youth justice and the independent sector.

The NVR Certificate Course
Summer 2022

FOUNDATION LEVEL (All days via Zoom)


*Open to all not just IFT Members



A PartnershipProjects International Training Course 

As the first UK training provider to offer a comprehensive NVR course, we have the greatest experience in training professionals in the UK and abroad. The Certificate Course enables participants to develop the core knowledge and skills that are necessary to competently use this intervention for violence, aggression, controlling, destructive and harmful behaviour in the family, school and community.

After successful completion of the full course (including evaluation), participants will receive the PartnershipProjects Advanced Certificate in NVR Practice.

NVR offers a unique scope and depth of training which ranges from the NVR core model to an integrated approach for working with trauma and with multi-stressed families.

Course Contents

Days 1-4: Foundations of Non Violent Resistance (NVR):

  • Basic principles of Non Violent Resistance as a psychological intervention;
  • De-escalation and raising parental (adult) presence;
  • Core principles and methods in NVR – understanding and practice;
  • Understanding of aggression and externalising behaviour in young people;
  • Reconciliation and reparation work;

Days 5-10: Specialist Skills and Knowledge in NVR for Complex Work:

  • Working with multi-stressed families;
  • Activating and working within wider systems in NVR – involving school, local authority, wider family, community and relevant agencies in the intervention;
  • Working with child abuse and attachment: the NVR child focus;
  • Integrating NVR and the treatment of trauma;
  • New adaptations of NVR: self-isolation, anxiety, adult entitled dependency.

Days 1-4: Foundations of NVR

Basic principles of NVR as a psychological intervention

By trying to control, care-givers operate within the same’ logic of control’ as the child – control or be controlled. Most violent young people refuse to be controlled. The result is symmetrical escalation (parent and child losing their temper and trying to control each other) or complementary escalation (where the child becomes more and more coercive and powerful, and their parents or caregivers increasingly give in to their demands). This inevitably leaves the adults feeling helpless, disempowered, inadequate, frustrated and desperate. NVR is fundamentally orientated around parents and carers regaining a sense of agency within themselves and towards their child. The primary goal of NVR is the repair and rebuilding of relationships within the family or other social groups the young person moves in, that have been stressed by aggression, violence and other destructive behaviours.

The five cornerstones of NVR

  1. De-escalate conflict during emotionally charged incidents– parental emotional self-regulation;
  2. Prioritise problematic behaviour – learning to focus on and respond effectively to the most urgent issues;
  3. Break the ‘seal of silence’, overcome parental isolation and develop support networks within the family and community;
  4. Raise parental or adult presence through several kinds of considered and organised protest – taking nonviolent action;
  5. Repair the parent-child relationship through reconciliation and reparation gestures.

Nonviolent principles appear at times ‘self-evident’ – but can be very challenging to put into practice; and at other times they feel deeply counter-intuitive. However, as parents and carers continue to learn to respond to serious family difficulties more effectively within the methodology of NVR, they develop a profound understanding of reconnecting within adult-child relationships and experience the improvement of the young person’s behaviour against this background.

Whilst a number of guiding principles give NVR its structure and help parents and carers develop an understanding of the process, it also allows for individual flexibility and can be adapted to each unique family and care situation.

NVR goes beyond the behaviour to develop a coherent and positive family narrative, and help children form more secure attachment, value and feel valued in their key relationships – even, or especially when the young person refuses to engage in therapy.

Days 5-10: Specialist training in NVR – preparation for the most complex work

Working within wider systems with NVR, especially with multi-stressed families

The second part of the training begins with working in school, with the local authority, wider family and community. Concepts from systemic work with the wider system around the family are integrated with the core NVR concepts and methodology, in order to meet the needs of families that have multi-agency involvement, and need to deal with a multitude of challenges.

We aim to promote a deeper understanding of aggression and externalising behaviour in young people, in general, and especially where there has been a history of trauma and abuse. The specialist training includes an introduction to child focussed work in NVR, in order to help re-sensitize care-givers to unmet need and distress in young people, which is generally obscured by their aggression.

Often, parents in multi-stressed families have been traumatised in life, and become re-traumatised by their child’s violence and aggression. An integration of therapeutic methods that have been developed for trauma, with nonviolent methods enables professionals to use NVR as a trauma-focussed approach.

The flexible, creative capacity within the NVR framework is one of its’ greatest strengths, and allows it to be a continually evolving and interactive method. By bringing the underlying nonviolent principles to bear on different situations involving harm and self-damaging behaviour, the methodology can be applied to many areas of difficulty that can seem intractable.

New adaptations of NVR

  • Multi-stressed families
  • Serious attachment problems – in the family, in care or after adoption, where there has been a history of child abuse, violence or neglect
  • Working with parents of young people with social withdrawal, anxiety, OCD
  • Internet addiction
  • Adult entitled dependence
  • Serious and enduring mental health problems
  • Controlling behaviour in couples relationships, domestic violence

  Entry Requirements

Foundation Level –NVR Association (NVRA) Level 1

This course is tailored to professionals working in local authorities, health, education, social care, and voluntary sector organisations who are interested in supporting individual families who are experiencing Child to Parent Violence and Abuse (CPVA) using the Non Violent resistance approach.

Participants who have attended all four days of the Foundation Level Training will receive an Attendance Confirmation.

Advanced Level – NVR Association (NVRA) Level 2*

*Participation in Advanced Level Training Module AND completing the NVR Association (NVRA) Level qualification by acquiring the PartnershipProjects Certificate in Advanced NVR Practice.

In order to be eligible for the Advanced Level training, you must have completed the PartnershipProjects Foundation Level course or equivalent Level 1 training with a different provider, within the previous 2 years. You will be asked to provide evidence of this by sending in your Foundation Level attendance confirmation.  We recommend a gap of 12 months between the Foundation and Advanced Levels in order to consolidate practice.

Only practitioners with relevant qualifications and experience and who are registered with a professional body such as: HCPC, UKCP, BACP, NMC or GMC will be admitted to Advanced Level training.  Individuals wishing to undertake advanced training who do not hold the relevant professional registration should apply by submitting a covering letter outlining their experience of working with children / young people and their families along with their application.  These practitioners will typically be family support workers, behaviour support practitioners or youth workers with experience of working in statutory or independent sector organisations.

Participants who have attended all six days of the Advanced Level Training will receive an Attendance Confirmation.


Evaluation & Certification

Participants who wish to complete the full NVR Certificate Training (level II) must successfully complete both Foundation Level Training + Advanced Level Training and then submit coursework requirements within 12 months of completing the Advanced Training.

The coursework consists of:

  • 2 x 2000 word case studies
  • A reflective log
  • Required reading

For full details about the certification process and the coursework required please see our dedicated information page, where you can download the course guidelines if required.  

Fees for evaluation & assessment

Fee: £300 incl. VAT
(This will only be charged in the event that a course participant submits coursework)


International ONLINE Group Supervision

NVR supervision is an important part of NVR training, therefore all our Foundation & Advanced Level training comes with the option of taking part in our ONLINE group supervision at a reduced fee. This takes place via Zoom (which does not require download and can be used on any device such as a mobile phone) and includes:  

  • 12 hours of group supervision provision on an audio-visual platform, which will commence approx. 4 weeks after the last day of training.
  • The 12 hours will be split into 6 x 2 hour sessions. These will take place on a prearranged evening, every 2 months. Therefore the ONLINE group supervision will last 12 months.
  • Should you choose the option which includes supervision you will be allocated an ONLINE supervision group and details of how to attend by our Training Coordinator on completion of either the Foundation or Advanced  training;

Should you choose not to take advantage of our group supervision offer, you will be required to obtain your own supervision on your NVR client practice.


PartnershipProjects is an accredited training provider registered with the NVR Association (NVRA) 

The NVR training provided by PartnershipProjects has been designed for working with individual families.   It is not a manualised group work programme.  The training does not equip anyone to provide NVR Training to other colleagues or professionals within their organisation or agency.  We actively discourage such practice which we feel is both unethical and unprofessional. PartnershipProjects does not provide a ‘train the trainer’ option. All our NVR trainers and facilitators have many years’ experience and hold NVR Association (NVRA)  Accreditation at both practitioner and supervisor level.

All professionals, regardless of previous experience or other non-NVR qualifications, will be required to have completed our Foundation Level (or equivalent training to the Association of NVR Practice Level I via another organisation) prior to joining our Group Hybrid and / or Advanced Level training (see training map). Please refer to our ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR FULL DETAILS, which can be found on the individual training pages.