New local training model

In response to feedback from trainees, we have changed our model of training in South Lanarkshire.  Interested parties will now attended a 3-day Initial Facilitator Training (IFT) to ensure they have all the necessary skills and experience to deliver GUAB groups.  Two days of the training will be devoted purely to understanding and developing Solution Focused skills (which is the underpinning theory of the pack) and then one day on theories of bereavement and loss and the practicalities of setting up and running GUAB groups. The feedback from facilitators on this new model of training has been very positive.


What does the training cover?

The training will include the following topics:

Introduction and background to Give us a break!

Introduction to solution focused working and using this in the Give us a break! group

Bereavement and loss in children and young people

Pack orientation: practicalities, including evaluation


At the training participants will be provided with a pack of materials as part of the course, including:

Programme folder with lesson plans, complementary notes and resource materials

'Strength Cards'

Introductory leaflet and parent/carers' booklet



Evaluation forms


Is this the right course for me?

It is important to consider the following questions before signing up for a Give us a Break course:

Am I operating within an organisation which has a clear child protection policy?

Do I have agreement and support from my head teacher or line manager?

Does my current work remit allow me to work with groups of young people experiencing bereavement, loss or significant change?

Do I have time to commit to engaging young people, preparing materials from the Give us a Break pack and running a group for 8 weeks?


If the answer to all of the above questions is ‘yes’ then you would be an ideal facilitator for Give us a Break.


All training dates can be found here


If you are interested in taking part in the Give us a break! local training please contact to book a place. Please note that this is only available to professionals in South Lanarkshire - please read the local training descriptor.


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