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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

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

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.


NES is delighted to have worked with the Anna Freud Centre to re-dub these two excellent animations using the voices of Scottish children and young people. These are universal resources for primary (Talking Mental Health) and secondary (We All Have Mental Health) school pupils and have accompanying materials for lessons, assemblies and role play sessions. These are freely available for use in Scottish schools.

The Anna Freud website: 'Schools in Mind' has a wide range of helpful, free to use and evidence-based resources.


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 for further information.

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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

Last updated: 26/09/2020

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