The NVR Certificate Course

Prices (2019)

Foundation Level only
£480 + VAT = £576 

Advanced Level only
£720 + VAT = £864

Full  Certificate Course
£1200 + VAT = £1440


Leeds 2019
Devonshire Hall 
Cumberland Road
LS6 2EQ 
Location & Details 
London 2019
Elm Grove Conference Centre Roehampton Lane London  SW15 5PH  Location & Details 
London 2018
Anglo Study Centre
Monticello House
45 Russell Square
London WC1B 4JP
Local Info (PDF)

Additional Info

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

**For all 2019 NVR training & workshops full catering will be provided**

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

Upcoming Courses

28, 29, 30 January 2019 (Days 1, 2 and 3)
14 March 2019
(Day 4)

Jill Lubienski, Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist, Social Worker.  Rachael Aylmer, Accredited NVR Practitioner, Associate Director PartnershipProjects.


8, 9, 10, 11 April 2019 (Days 5, 6, 7 and 8)
22, 23 May 2019 (Days 9 and 10)
Trainer: Peter Jakob, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Systemic Family Therapist.

**For all 2019 NVR training & workshops full catering will be provided**


23, 24, 25 September 2019 (Days 1, 2 and 3)
31 October 2019
(Day 4)

Jill Lubienski, Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist, Social Worker.

Rachael Aylmer, Accredited NVR Practitioner, Associate Director PartnershipProjects.

25, 26, 27, 28 November 2019 (Days 5, 6, 7 and 8)
16, 17 January 2020 (Days 9 and 10)
Trainer: Peter Jakob, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Systemic Family Therapist

**For all 2019 NVR training & workshops full catering will be provided**

For London events ONLY – there is the option to stay at the training venue in one of their on-site rooms, at much less than normal London hotel rates. For details or to book please contact the venue directly:

10, 11, 12 September (Days 1, 2 and 3)
7 November (Day 4)

Jill Lubienski, Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist, Social Worker

Rachael Aylmer, Accredited NVR Practitioner, Associate Director PartnershipProjects

3, 4, 5, 6 December (Days 5, 6, 7 and 8)
17, 18 January 2019 (Days 9 and 10)
Trainer: Peter Jakob, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Systemic Family Therapist.

For London events ONLY. There is the option to stay at the training venue in one of their on-site rooms, at much less than normal London hotel rates. For details or to book please contact the venue directly.

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.

Foundation Level

This course is tailored to professionals in local authorities, mental health and the independent sectors. Parents who wish to work in a voluntary capacity in NVR, e.g. by supporting other parents as mentors, are welcome to take part in Foundation Level training, but they should be aware of the professional standard of the course.

Advanced Level

In order to be eligible for the Advanced Level training, you must have completed the PartnershipProjects Foundation Level course within the previous 2 years. You will be asked to provide evidence of this by sending in your Foundation Level certificate.

Only practitioners with relevant qualification and experience can be admitted to Advanced Level training.

We would like to ask anyone who wishes to participate in either the Foundation Level module or the Advanced Level module of the NVR Certificate Course who is not registered with the HCPC (psychologists or social workers), UKCP (psychotherapists), BACP (councillors and psychotherapists) NMC (mental health nurses) or GMC (psychiatrists) to submit a CV outlining their previous training and experience relevant to working with children, young people and 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.

Evaluation & Certification
All participants of the PartnershipProjects NVR Certificate Course who have attended all course dates, including Practice days – will automatically receive the PartnershipProjects NVR Certificate Course: Confirmation of Attendance.

All participants who have achieved the above AND who then wish to receive the PartnershipProjects Advanced Certificate in NVR Practice– will need to submit the required coursework within a 12 month period of course completion.

The coursework consists of:

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

You can decide to complete the coursework at any time during the course, or within the one year period after the Certificate Course you have attended has ended.

Fees for evaluation & assessment

£250 incl. VAT
(This will only be charged in the event that a course participant submits coursework)


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