Bitesize CPD by Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Dr Pooky Knightsmith gives practical information on young people's mental health in an accessible format.

Dr Pooky Knightsmith is "an internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health ... A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care; whilst also working hard to drive collaboration and change at a national and international level amongst politicians and charity, business and service leads." (https://www.pookyknightsmith.com/)

Shared with kind permission, Pooky's bitesize CPD videos are the best I have found in giving information on young people's mental health  in an accessible format. And, best of all, like my resources, they are free.

Below are just  a selction of her videos. To find more, look at her YouTube channel, Pooky Knightsmith Mental Health

Pooky has produced a number of publications to assist schools in addressing a range of mental health issues.

To find out more about Pooky's work and her publications, visit https://www.pookyknightsmith.com/  or look at the bottom of this page to see a selection of her books.

Bitesize CPD: Teaching about mental health safely and sensitivel

This video is designed to be used as part of a staff /team meeting as a form of mini CPD. It contains pause points when you can break for discussion so you can pick up and run with the ideas and think how to make them work for you.

In this session, I explore how we can safely and sensitively tackle tricky topics like self-harm or eating disorder as part of PSHE or our wider curriculum. I hope this will boost your confidence in teaching these topics.

Bitesize CPD: What to do when you're worries about a pupil

This video is designed to be used as part of a staff /team meeting as a form of mini CPD. It contains pause points so you can break for discussion and pick up and run with the ideas and think how to make them work for you.

 

This video has been developed with young people from Cape Cornwall School in conjunction with HeadStart Kernow. This is what they thought you needed to know about how to support young people when they're struggling. You might also like the PSHE lesson 'it's okay not to be okay' we developed together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-_KH... And the accompanying teacher guidance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0TvL...

Bitesize CPD: 4 things teachers need to know about mental health

This video is designed to be used as part of a staff /team meeting as a form of mini CPD. It contains pause points so you can break for discussion and pick up and run with the ideas and think how to make them work for you.

A huge thanks to Youthful Minds, a group of young people with lived experience of mental illness who took the time to share their ideas with me, and for Mind Jersey who commissioned the work and who support the work of Youthful Minds.

Bitesize CPD: Developing a 'How are you x2 culture

This video is designed to be used as part of a staff /team meeting as a form of mini CPD. It contains pause points so you can break for discussion and pick up and run with the ideas and think how to make them work for you.

In this bitesize CPD session I look at how we can develop a more listening and understanding culture where we ask and answer the question 'how are you' more honestly..

Bitesize CPD: Starting the school day for kids who struggle

In this video we consider how we can adapt the start of the school day to decrease the likelihood of children feeling unable to attend due to issues like anxiety, depression or bullying.

Bitesize CPD: Using stock phrases to respond calmly to meltdowns

This video is designed to be used as part of a staff /team meeting as a form of mini CPD. It contains a pause point at the end with so you can break for discussion and pick up and run with the ideas and think how to make them work for you.

Bitesize CPD: Being a safe adult

This session is about trauma informed practice and draws on some great ideas from clinical psychologist Tony France about how to be a 'safe adult'. You can watch the full interview with Tony here: https://youtu.be/LF0M3jOvjTg

What not to do if a child is self harming

This video provides advice and ideas for concerned parents, teachers or other adults who want to know what they should and should not say and do if a child or young person discloses that they have been self-harming.

Self Harm: 12 ways to get through the next minute when you hit crisis point

In this video I explore a range of practical, simple ideas that you can use to help you get through the next minute when you feel the urge to self-harm. It can feel hard to manage when everything feels so hard, but the idea of just managing one minute might feel more doable..

The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook

This book is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to promote and encourage mental health in their school, or evaluate their existing provision, in line with current government priorities. It covers not only the day-to-day practical steps you can take to meet the mental health needs of learners, but also a provides a whole bank of ideas for ensuring you adopt a whole-school approach to positive mental health. Pooky Knightsmith lays out tried and tested tools you can use to evaluate the overall mental health of a school, showing how to improve and support the mental health of staff, and how to ensure that the voice of every learner is heard and valued, including the most vulnerable - and that everyone involved with the school feels safe, healthy and happy. Pooky's simple 'litmus test' framework lays out six practical areas you can explore to implement change within your own school, with explanations, sheets to fill in, tips from loads of school staff, and case examples that break these ideas down into easily digestible chunks. 

Buy The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook

For Designated Senior Leads for Mental Health, this book is your new bible!

Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools: A Guide to Whole-School Strategies and Practical Support

Self-harm and eating disorders are present in almost every school and they frequently co-occur. This book provides the vital guidance that school staff need to spot early warning signs, understand triggers and support the students in their care effectively. This very practical guide helps educational professionals to gain a better understanding of self-harm and eating disorders by dispelling the myths and misconceptions that surround these behaviours. The book provides advice on whole-school policies and procedures as well as day-to-day strategies to implement in lessons, at mealtimes and in one-on-one sessions. It explains how to respond to disclosures, make referrals and work alongside parents to assist in the road to recovery.

Buy Self Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools

Deals with a complex issue in a practical, accessible way.

The Healthy Coping Colouring Book and Journal: Creative Activities to Help Manage Stress, Anxiety and Other Big Feelings (Colouring Books)

Packed full of creative activities and coping strategies, this journal and colouring book is the perfect companion when faced with difficult thoughts and feelings. Whether you are stressed out at home or school, feeling anxious or simply in need of some relaxation, this workbook provides a place for you to express your emotions. Put your own personal stamp on colouring, journaling and drawing activities and explore healthy ways of coping with difficult feelings such as anger and anxiety through inspirational quotes, poems and practical advice.

Some creative ideas, especially useful in a one to one situation.

With a range of activities that introduce mindfulness and encourage relaxation, this workbook will help young people aged 8-14 to develop the tools needed to prepare for and respond to future difficult situations. It is also an invaluable resource for parents and carers, teachers, counsellors and psychologists to use with young people in their care.

Buy the Healthy Coping Colouring Book and Journal