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Dr Gillian Shotton

Introduction to Gillian: 

Gillian has over 23 years’ experience working as an educational psychologist. Over that time she has written a number of books and articles focused on supporting emotional wellbeing. In 2019 the second edition of 'Emotional Well-being, an introductory handbook for schools,' was published, a book she co-authors with Sheila Burton. 

In addition, Gillian has spent the last 7 years working in Northumberland’s children's homes and loves working with the carers and young people there. Introducing and using the pillars of parenting model has been inspirational for her own practice, as well as seeing the way it has influenced the practice of the residential care workers. As a result of this inspiration, she spoke at the International School Psychology conference about the power of visual models in making psychology explicit to people who don't have a background in psychology.

Course Overview: 

This course utilises an evidence-based approach that has been proven to support staff wellbeing. The three to four session course uses Acceptance and Commitment therapy which supports wellbeing through cultivating a more accepting or defused relationship with unhelpful thoughts and feelings as well as emphasising value-based action. School leaders who have undertaken the course describe an increased awareness of their own wellbeing and promoting staff wellbeing. They also describe an increased awareness of their values and improved resilience in planning and decision making in line with those values. Staff also valued the safe and supportive place that the group provided for reflection and hearing other people’s journeys.


Course Details: 

Private courses can be taken over three to four sessions, at a total of 9 hours.

Alternatively, teaching staff can join our set online courses, with a maximum of 15 delegates, so to allow for deeper, interactive sessions:


Friday 4th June, 09.00 – 12.00

Friday 11th June, 09.00 – 12.00

Friday 9th July, 09.00 – 12.00

Course Format:

Via private webinars / video calls or in school, subject to social distancing restrictions.

Who is the course for? 

School leaders and Teachers 

Course Cost: 

Private group sessions: £3600 plus any travel expenses

Online courses: £320 per person

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