Solihull Approach training

Discover the UK's Solihull Approach


A world recognised intervention to strengthen the bond between parents and children. The Solihull Approach supports effective and sensitive parenting by modelling and teaching emotional containment and reciprocity. 

“This should be essential training for anyone working in early parenting.”
— Past particpant, 2017

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What you'll learn

You'll develop the practical skills needed to use The Solihull Approach in your daily work through this 2 day fundamental training.

Learn to help caregivers identify, acknowledge and understand emotions that often prevent them from sensitively interpreting their infant and child’s behaviour.

This is an overarching theoretical framework that supports interventions such as:

  • Watch, Wait and Wonder
  • New Born Observation
  • Circle of Security ... and more

The third (optional) day of training will equip participants to facilitate two different PARENT group sessions designed by the Solihull Approach:

  • 5 week antenatal group for parents-to-be
  • 10 week group for parents of 0-5 year olds.

Who can attend?

  • Healthcare workers
  • Midwives
  • Maternal child and family health workers
  • Social workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Early childcare professionals.


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.


From participants of the Australian-first training session in January 2017

"Clearer understanding of reciprocity. Clearer understanding of containment. Clearer understanding of the importance of acknowledging these before any intervention can be started."

"Brain development and behaviour development knowledge allows this approach to be used in different areas of work."

"Through in depth understanding and knowledge of reciprocity & containment, I have learnt to be more aware of observations I make."

 "Solihull is a way of thinking and is adaptable in many situations. It attuned my focus on how the brain develop and impact of experience on behaviour."