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Training in psychological skills – early intervention for children (TIPS-EIC)

This training has been developed for qualified multi-disciplinary staff across agencies who work with children and young people, e.g., in school settings.

The resources are evidence and competency-based and aligned to the NES child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) MATRIX. The training, delivered by NES-funded TIPS-EIC local psychologists, aims to equip staff to deliver psychologically informed practices and interventions to children and young people who have elevated levels of distress but who would not meet the criteria for a referral to tier three CAMHS.

We are guided by the principles of implementation science, which tell us that on the job support is required to embed new skills into practice; all our training is accompanied by ‘Application to Practice’ groups or coaching sessions delivered by an expert in the technique / intervention.

Let’s introduce anxiety management (LIAM) in early intervention

LIAM is a staged training offer intended to develop skills in the delivery of a CBT-informed approach for the treatment of mild-moderate anxiety symptoms in children and young people.

Find out more about LIAM on Turas Learn or by contacting psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk.

Brief behavioural activation for depression and low mood in children and young people (Brief BA)

Following the success of the Let's Introduce Anxiety Management (LIAM) intervention in Scottish schools, NES TIPS-EIC is offering Brief BA to address Low Mood/ Depression at the early intervention level, in school settings.

Find out more about on Turas Learn or by contacting psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk.

Connecting with parent’s motivations

The NES psychology of parenting project offers the ‘connecting with parents’ motivations’ training which aims to help staff to use strength’s-based communication techniques to engage families with evidence-based parenting groups. TIPS-EIC can offer this one-day training to primary one and two teachers in Scottish schools to help them to engage families with local parenting supports, when this seems likely to be helpful.

Find out more about connecting with parent’s motivations training.

Psychological skills modules

These half-day training offers are intended to build skills in psychologically informed practice across the child workforce and enhance usual practice, followed up by ‘application to practice’ groups to help translate new skills into everyday working practices.

  • Helpful conversations with children and young people
  • Talking about emotions with children and young people
  • Problem solving skills
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Pain management
  • Promoting positive behaviour

Trauma and adverse childhood events (ACEs) training offer

Trauma training modules

These are half day training modules, delivered by Local TIPS-EIC staff, to cover the informed and skilled level of the NES Trauma KSF delivered face-to-face with follow-up application to practice groups.
NES Psychology have also developed a suite of resources to support staff to address the impact of psychological trauma including resources specifically aimed at working with children and young people who may have experienced trauma. Find more information about these resources.

Other useful resources relating to working with trauma experienced children and young people can be found here:

For further information on interagency child protection procedures, please refer to:

For information on child protection processes, please refer to the interagency child protection guidelines for your local area.

Anna Freud Mental Health Animations

NES is delighted to have worked with the Anna Freud Centre to re-dub these two excellent sets of animations and teacher toolkits to support both primary and secondary school pupil’s Mental Health. These are freely available for use in Scottish schools.

Please find the 2 animations 'Talking mental health' for primary school pupils and 'We all have mental health' for secondary school pupils here

Primary School Teacher Toolkit to accompany 'Talking mental health' can be found here

Secondary School Teacher Toolkit to accompany 'We all have mental health'  can be found here

COVID-19 Working with Young People and Families Resources


Click here to gain access to an array of resources that NES Psychology have either developed or reviewed and rated as being amongst the most relevant and accessible in supporting children, young people, parents and families (CYPF) mental health during COVID-19.

Anti-Bullying/respectme

respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service provides direct support to all adults who have a role to play in the lives of children and young people to give them the practical skills and confidence to deal with bullying behaviour, wherever it occurs.

This includes reviewing, formulating, implementing and evaluating locally relevant anti-bullying policies on which stakeholders have been consulted and providing training, information and support with guidelines, procedures and monitoring.

respectme has adapted and responded to the pandemic and provide training online. Please see www.respectme.org.uk/training for further information.

Useful links

Contact us

For more information on the courses and how to access the TIPS-EIC training please contact your local TIPS-EIC coordinator or contact psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk.


Last updated: 26/09/2020

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