The NVR Certificate Course

Prices (2019)

Foundation Level only
£480 + VAT = £576 

Advanced Level only
£720 + VAT = £864

Full  Certificate Course
£1200 + VAT = £1440

Price includes full catering

Venues

Leeds 2019

Devonshire Hall 
Cumberland Road
Leeds 
LS6 2EQ 
Location & Details 

London 2019

Elm Grove Conference Centre
Roehampton Lane
London  SW15 5PH
Location & Details 

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

FOUNDATION LEVEL  Limited availability only, book now
23, 24, 25 September 2019 (Days 1, 2 and 3)
31 October 2019
(Day 4)

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

ADVANCED LEVEL
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

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

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

FOUNDATION LEVEL SOLD OUT! 
28, 29, 30 January 2019 (Days 1, 2 and 3)
14 March 2019
(Day 4)

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

ADVANCED LEVEL  Limited availability only, book now
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.

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

**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.

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.

Eligibility

Entry Requirements 

Foundation Level – NVR UK Level 1

Training participants who wish to participate in Foundation Level training only will typically be individuals who wish to support families on a voluntary basis in the execution of NVR, alongside a qualified practitioner who holds case responsibility, such as parents who have used NVR in dealing with behavioural difficulties in their children in the past or foster carers with experience in NVR, or less senior workers in public services. The individual must:

1. meet the stipulated requirements for entry to Advance Level listed in (1), (2) & (3), -or-
2. evidence a special interest in NVR. These individuals will be required to submit a letter expressing their experience with NVR and their interest in operating in a supportive capacity with families alongside a qualified practitioner, and will agree to be subject to a DBS check by PartnershipProjects or the organisation they are volunteering in.

Advanced Level – NVR UK Level 2*

*Participation in Advanced Level Training Module AND completing NVR UK Level  qualification by acquiring the PartnershipProjects Certificate in Advanced NVR Practice.

Training participants who wish to acquire the PP Advanced Certificate must have successfully completed Foundation Level (NVR UK Level I) training, and meet one of the following conditions for entry into the training programme:

1. A professional qualification in a relevant mental health, educational or social care profession. This qualification will make the participant eligible for registration by a recognised professional organisation or statutory public body which regulates the practice of this profession, such as the HCPC, UKCP or Royal College of Psychiatry. The individual is a member in good standing of their professional organisation or regulatory body. Typical professions of this kind are: mental health nursing, social work, special needs teaching, clinical psychology, counselling psychology, educational psychology, psychiatry, child psychiatry, counselling, psychotherapy, or child psychotherapy. To evidence professional qualification and registration, the individual is required to submit the name of their registration body and registration number.

2. Academic training deemed, by PP, as equivalent to a professional qualification, where the participant is not eligible for registration by a professional body, but has worked within public services such as NHS, local authority or independent sector organisations which regulate the execution of the individual’s practice and provide adequate organisational support such as supervision, practice policies and guidelines for a period of at least two years. The individual must not be subject to current disciplinary procedures, nor have a record of misconduct in the execution of their practice. To evidence equivalence, the individual must submit a full CV, copies of all vocational and academic qualifications, evidence of their organisation’s regulation of their practice, a recommendation by their current line manager, and a portfolio of their work. The requirements for the portfolio will be individually ascertained by the Director or Associate Director of PartnershipProjects.

3. Extensive experience of working in a para-professional capacity within public services such as NHS, local authority or independent sector organisations which regulate the execution of the individual’s practice and provide adequate organisational support such as supervision, practice policies and guidelines, along with vocational qualification in working in their respective capacities, deemed by PP to constitute sufficient competence in working with families for developing competencies in NVR-based work. Typical designations of these practice roles are: family support worker, teaching assistant with a specific role in supporting children with special needs, carer in residential services or behaviour support worker. The individual must not be subject to current disciplinary procedures, nor have a record of misconduct in the execution of their practice. To evidence competence, the individual must submit a full CV, copies of all vocational and academic qualifications, evidence of their organisation’s regulation of their practice, a recommendation by their current line manager, and a portfolio of their work. The requirements for the portfolio will be individually ascertained by the Director or Associate Director of PartnershipProjects.

 

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)

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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