Developed over a 20-year period, the Thrive Approach draws on the collective experience of more than 160 years in teaching, education, social work, family therapy, psychotherapy, education advisory and inspection work and child psychology.
Thrive was founded by psychotherapists Jan Banks and Julia Bird, academic psychotherapy expert Lynne Gerlach and consultant social worker Roe Lovelock.
Thrive is a specific way of working with children and young people that supports emotional well-being and has consistently shown a positive impact on attainment. The McGuire-Sniekus study* of children with extra vulnerabilities worked with in the Thrive way shows a significant narrowing of the gap in attainment levels compared to nationally expected levels for Early Years children.
It teaches people how to be, and what to do, in response to young people’s differing needs and sometimes troubling behaviour. It provides targeted strategies and activities to help them engage or re-engage with life and learning. Thrive provides access to tools and strategies for intervention and support and ways to open new conversations with the children and young people you work with. Thrive-Online is an assessment and monitoring tool that can be used with groups of people or individuals and is an essential part of the Thrive toolkit.
Thrive Trainers work with others – school teachers, specialist staff and leadership teams plus families and health or social care professionals – to help them change their approach to child development.
Watch this short video to hear what one of our established trainers has to say about her work.
How do I become a Thrive trainer?
For social work and care professionals with some experience of training others, Thrive offers the ‘immersive pathway’ which builds on your experience of working with vulnerable children, enabling you to add the Thrive Approach to your practice and to train others to use the Approach in their work.
This intensive course is delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face learning where you can expect to be immersed in the Thrive Approach and Thrive-Online.
The course will build on your prior knowledge of: the development and functioning of the brain and nervous system; the principles of attachment theory; key strategies for building supportive relationships; the role of the arts, play and creativity in supporting social and emotional development.
How does it work in practice?
Training to be a Thrive trainer is a demanding course whichever route you take. Once you’ve made your decision to join us, there are two ways you can make it work for you.
Open courses: You can run open courses on our behalf and we will pay you to run the course. You will need to be flexible on locations and dates.
Licensed Trainer: If you can find a group to provide training to yourself, you pay us a licence fee but keep all of your income from your delegates. You are in control of the dates and locations.
However you finance the training, you can recoup your investment once you’ve run two 10-day courses yourself.
Talk to us about becoming a Thrive Trainer and helping others transform their approach to child development.
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*Independent Impact Evaluation Report: Brighter Futures Nurture Outreach Service (McGuire-Sniekus, Bath Spa University 2018)