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Understanding Prevention - Social Emotional Learning to Empower Young People


Friday, 30 June 2017 from 12:30 to 16:30 (BST)

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Who should attend this seminar?

Any practitioner and commissioner working in drug and alcohol education and early intervention. The seminar will be especially useful for:

  • Public Health Leaders Holding Responsibility for Commissioning Services

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

  • Wider Local Authority Commissioners

  • Voluntary and Independent Sector Organisations


Seminar Background

Choosing the right prevention and early intervention programme is important when it comes to young people and children and evidence helps to establish what types of programmes are most effective and which will have a positive impact on the lives of beneficiaries. In order to decide which option is best it is necessary to have access to adequate information, particularly about how the programme performs. This needs to be data that is reliable and trustworthy.

Evidence is important because it helps assess the impact and effectiveness of our work and through it we can learn and improve practice, increasing the value of our work for funders, commissioners, researchers and, most importantly, for the young people and the families we support.

Evidence-based practice integrates professional research and experience to achieve the best outcome for individuals and keeps practitoners updated about important advances in the field of substance misuse by selecting from the research available which results are most likely to be both true and useful.


Learning Outcomes

This seminar is designed to enable you to gain knowledge and skills to confidently and competently evaluate the evidence for substance use prevention and early intervention. Following the seminar you will be equipped with the skills to make informed decisions about the best programmes to use based on knowledge that is backed by research. 

This seminar will focus on the use of Social Emotional Learning approaches to empower children and young people, and enabling them to grow as more resilient individuals.

The seminar will showcase a universal, evidence-based programme called Second Step. Second Step is a classroom-based programme designed to increase students’ school success, improve peer relationships, and decrease problem behaviours by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation. It teaches skills that strengthen students’ ability to learn, have empathy, manage their emotions and behaviours and solve problems. The Second Step programme was developed by Committee for Children (CfC), a non-profit organisation in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. Find out more about here.

At the end of the day participants will also know how to access and use the ADEPIS CAYT database, a tool to help providers make informed decisions about effective programmes, and which practices are most appropriate in which circumstances and for which individuals. 


About Second Step

Supported by music and videos, take-home activities, and stories kids relate to, the developmentally appropriate Second Step lessons have helped teachers instill social-emotional skills in their students for over 20 years. Best of all, the student lessons are easy to teach, right out of the box!



Bridgid Normand, MEd, Programme Development Manager

Committee for Children (Seattle, USA)

Creator of the Second Step

Bridgid Normand has been a teacher, school counsellor, child and family therapist, parent educator, and community prevention specialist. Since 2001, she has been a program developer at Committee for Children. She works with a team of other developers and researchers to create research-based programs that teach self-regulation and social and emotional skills to children in developmentally and culturally appropriate ways. She led the organization’s revision of its comprehensive prevention program for elementary school students: Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success. She has recently been the lead developer for the Second Step Child Protection Unit.

Bridgid holds a BA with honours in European Studies from the University of East Anglia, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of London, and a master of education from the University of Washington.

Bridgid’s career has been dedicated to helping children thrive in every area of their lives. She is committed to finding effective ways for every child to learn a core set of social and emotional skills that give them the chance to succeed in school, in their relationships, and throughout their lives.


For the second part of the seminar Lauren Bond and Emma Dove from UNIQUE Behaviour Consultancy will deliver a presentation focused on SEL and linking SEL with risky behaviours and prevention. This will include Q&As or workshop activities. Their initial presentation will focus on the societal effects on children's neurological development and the impact that it has on their emotional and social well being. Their workshop will be an interactive discussion on the various ways to improve the conduct and learning behaviour of children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

Lauren and Emma have a wealth of experience in education and behaviour support, allowing them to offer a well-rounded support and intervention package to meet school's needs and using their extensive experience in behaviour support, teaching and school leadership Lauren and Emma plan for the best inclusive outcomes for both immediate and long term goals.

UNIQUE is a Behaviour and Learning Intervention set up to meet the needs of children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in a mainstream environment. The aim is to both celebrate differences in the individual child and create a place where they are able to learn life skills and social awareness in order to fulfil their potential.

Lauren Bond

Behaviour Consultant at UNIQUE Behaviour Consultancy

Lauren has a strong background in child psychology. She has been working as a Behaviour Specialist for a number of years within various Educational and Council settings around the country providing support for schools, children and families. She has a strong professional background in learning and behavioural support. Working in:

•   Educational and council settings .

•   Professional networks in South Africa which focused on inclusion within the mainstream environment.

•   Behaviour Support Service in Oxfordshire.

•   An intervention hub to support children who were at risk of permanent exclusion.

•   Family therapy to provide a holistic approach to behaviour support.

•   A randomised control trial with Mentor UK and the University of Manchester for ‘Good Behaviour Game’ as UK lead coach.

•   Writing and delivering training to equip staff to manage behaviour within various mainstream settings.


Emma Dove

Behaviour Consultant at UNIQUE Behaviour Consultancy

Emma has a range of expertise in teaching and school leadership and a research background in child development:

•   10 years teaching experience from EYFS-KS2.

•   Senior leader including Deputy Headteacher.

•   Skilled trainer and coach.

•   Teacher trainer to improve educational provision and develop behaviour management skills in Malawi.

•   Coach for ‘Good Behaviour Game’ randomised control trail with Mentor Uk and the University of Manchester.

•   Researcher with the University of Oxford - focusing on pedagogy, academic attainment and the development of cognitive skills to support learning.


Do you have questions about Understanding Prevention - Social Emotional Learning to Empower Young People? Contact Mentor-ADEPIS

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The Priory Rooms
40 Bull Street
B4 6AF Birmingham
United Kingdom

Friday, 30 June 2017 from 12:30 to 16:30 (BST)

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The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) was established in 2013 by the prevention charity Mentor UK to share information and resources with schools and practitioners working in drug and alcohol prevention.


ADEPIS is publicly acknowledged as the leading source of evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools. In 2015 the ADEPIS project was expanded to include the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT), providing expert advice and a database of case studies for evidence-based prevention programmes.


The resources we have produced draw on more than 20 years of work in the prevention field, including eight years of work with the Drug Education Forum, which supported local authorities and schools to implement best practice in drug education.


In 2017, ADEPIS was recognised by UNESCO, UNODC and WHO as a “prime example” of best practice in alcohol and drug education.


ADEPIS is funded by Public Health England and the Home Office.

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