Understanding Mental Health Difficulties as experienced by Post-16 Learners

One in four HE students have significant mental health issues, this increases to 40% if the learner has a Learning Difference (Robinson 2016). This course will explore applying counselling skills in a post-16 learning Environment


Denis Lawrence since the 1970’s has demonstrated that integrating counselling strategies improves learners from a neurodiverse background educational performance, as learning is an emotional experience. Counselling strategies will be explained and demonstrated and how these can enable learners to effectively support their learning.

Course Description

This provides an opportunity for educators working both in Further and Higher Education to learn how to apply counselling strategies in their work with students.

Demands to achieve academically put significant pressure on all students, but those with specific learning differences may be at risk for experiencing higher levels of stress. The gap between the SpLD student’s academic ability and their academic performance in relation to other learners in their class can lead to a lower academic self-concept.

Barriers to learning created by having a learning difference create anxiety, stress and difficulty managing emotions for such learners. The course will equip participants to empower their learners to understand their anxiety, stress and emotions to support their learning.

The day will cover the following:

  • Identifying indicators with regards to mental health and low self-concept in students with SpLD
  • Applying counselling strategies to teaching and learning to support students with SpLD to develop greater awareness of their emotions and support resilience related to the stress of learning
  • To be able to make a referral to counselling services

Course Outcome

  • To identify specific signs of concern with regards to the wellbeing of students
  • To apply proven strategies to help students develop greater awareness of their emotions and support resilience
  • To use and think about strategies for counselling which can be applied to a tutorial or classroom setting to aid students’ learning
  • To be aware of how to make a recommendation to supporting services


Open to anyone working as Specialist teachers, Classroom teachers, Tutors in schools, Further Education and Higher Education, SENCos, Tutors in Higher Education, Support staff in School/ Further Education and Higher Education, Teaching Assistants, Mentors


There are no pre-requistes to attend this course


This training course is delivered as a full-day session beginning with coffee, and registration from 9.00am. The presentation starts at 10.00am prompt and closes at 4:15pm. Please note that lunch is provided on all full-day training courses.

Joining Instructions

Joining instructions will be sent by email one week before the event to the email address given by the course booker. However, all the information you need for the day is within this page.

Terms & Conditions

By submitting a booking you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days, and to accept our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy, which are shown in our Terms & Conditions section at the bottom of the website page


Sheila Rostill, Conference Administrator

E: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org

T:   01386 712643

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This course is worth 5 hours CPD