Solihull Approach

Training for professionals


Helen is so proud to be presenting Solihull Approach training in Australia. As one of the few Solihull-trained Australians, Helen offers this unique professional development opportunity to enhance how you work with families.

The Solihull Approach supports effective and sensitive parenting by modelling and teaching emotional containment and reciprocity. This approach is evidence based and has measured outcomes for both parents and professionals.


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2 days
Foundation training

19 & 27 May 2019

2 day intensive introduction to the internationlly renowned Solihull Approach. Get a deep understanding of infant mental health, containment and reciprocity as it applies to your daily work.

3 days
Foundation + Facilitator training

19, 27 & 28 May 2019

Combine the Foundation Training with an additional day and learn to facilitate group sessions with parents using methods carefully designed by The Solihull Approach.

1 day
Facilitator training only

28 May 2019

Only available if you've previously completed the 2 Day Foundation course.
Expand on your previous training and learn to facilitate group sessions with parents.



Places for this International training are STRICTLY LIMITED. 

Resource packs

Each training session requires educational resources to be purchased separately on the day.


What you'll learn

Develop the practical skills needed to use The Solihull Approach in your daily work through the 2 day Fundamental Training. This is an overarching theoretical framework that supports interventions such as:

  • Watch, Wait and Wonder

  • New Born Observation

  • Circle of Security ... and more

14 CPD points apply for the 2 day training

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Become a facilitator

Sign up for the optional Day 3 and qualify as a group session facilitator. You'll learn to run group sessions with parents, using methods carefully designed by The Solihull Approach. 

You can choose from four different sessions to facilitate once trained.

7 additional CPD points apply for the additional third day.

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Day 1

  • Infant mental health

  • What is containment?

  • What is reciprocity?

  • Role of behaviour management

  • Getting to know your Resource Pack

  • Preparation for Day 2 including case presentation

Day 2

  • More about children’s emotional development

  • Observations making it real

  • Evaluation and research so far

  • Levels of interventions and scope for practice

  • The Solihull Approach in Australia

Day 3 (optional)

Workshop environment, with practical case studies and interactive learning. This day provides the opportunity to lean more about integrating the Solihull approach and to fine tune skills while developing the Solihull Approach group facilitator language.


8.30 am - Arrival and registration. Tea/coffee provided
12.30 pm - Lunch. Catering provided.
4.00 pm - Finish
Please note - Times confirmed closer to the event.

Who can attend?

  • Healthcare workers

  • Midwives

  • Maternal child and family health workers

  • Social workers

  • Psychotherapists

  • Early childhood professionals

  • Teachers

  • Managers

    … the list is endless

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Flagstaff Gardens

Dudley St, West Melbourne


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2 Day Foundation Training

3 Day Foundation + Facilitator Training

1 Day Facilitator Training only


What is The Solihull Approach?

The Solihull Approach is an integration of psychotherapeutic themes, including containment, and infant/child neurodevelopmental knowledge incorporating reciprocity. It strengthens the capacity for practitioners and caregivers to understand infant/child behaviours and sensitively respond.

With this new understanding, caregivers can consciously incorporate Solihull learnings into strengthening the infant/child-parent relationship. Find out more.

Proven in the UK

The UK has excelled in the perinatal and early childhood disciplines with home visiting programs and interventions recently gaining world recognition. 

Almost all UK home-visiting nurses (equivalent to Maternal Child & Family Health Nurses) have been trained in The Solihull Approach because it promotes professional and parental understanding of the infant and sensitive care-giving.

Supported by research

This research-based training has undergone a number of studies and reviews, and is in increasing demand worldwide. 

The evidence based Solihull Approach incorporates infant mental health, neurodevelopmental and psychotherapeutic concepts to increase the emotional health and well being of both parents and practitioners. The approach provides an environment in which  participants can explore and develop an understanding of containment, which in turn, allows for reciprocity to grow.