AIM Training Programme

Foundation and Advanced Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) Courses

Terminology:We are using Harmful Sexual Behaviours (HSB) as an umbrella term, which covers problematic (less concerning) and harmful (very concerning) sexual behaviours.

Introduction

We offer our courses on two levels: Foundation and Advanced

We have restructured our courses to set out clearly our two different levels of training: Foundation and Advanced. Foundation courses are one day basic awareness courses, open to a wide range of practitioners and levels of experience, and our Advanced courses are two-day in-depth courses which train participants how to use our models and guidance. These will be targeted at experienced practitioners, who have a good basic awareness of (HSB). This clarity is to facilitate training commissioners in deciding what level of training their staff require in order for the participants to be able to maximise their learning from the course.

Specific Practice Settings Courses

These courses are designed to meet the needs of professionals in specific practice settings. They provide information on understanding and managing HSB in those settings.

Certificates will be given at the end of each course, but participants need to have stayed for the duration of the course in order to receive a certificate. This is to ensure that a participant has received the complete course and has either a basic awareness for the foundation courses, or a full understanding of our models / guidance for our advanced courses. Commissioners will be informed re attendance, so they can follow up on this.


Foundation Courses

Basic Awareness courses:

All our basic awareness courses are one day and are open to practitioners from all agencies and have been created to develop a professional understanding of children and young people who display HSB. This will benefit those who need to have an understanding of the subject, but may not be involved in assessments or direct work, as well those practitioners who wish to go on to take our advanced courses.

  • Basic Awareness of HSB
  • Basic Awareness of Autism and HSB
  • Basic Awareness of Technology-Assisted HSB

Specific Practice Settings courses: 

These courses are designed to meet the needs of professionals in specific practice settings. They provide information on understanding and managing HSB in those settings.

  • Referral Order Training

Suitable for Youth Justice panel members and panel co-ordinators who organise and support panel members. This course is also available as a single day training for Referral Panel Co-ordinators to deliver to their own panel members

  • Residential Training

Suitable for all Residential Staff and professionals who support Residential Staff

  • Foster Carer Training

Suitable for all Foster Carers and professionals who support Foster Carers

  • Education Training

Suitable for all educational staff and professionals who support educational staff


Two Day Advanced Courses

All our advanced courses are two daysand are designed to build on previous knowledge of HSB, either through attendance on our foundation courses, or through relevant practice experience, therefore they are pitched at a more advanced level of practice knowledge and understanding. The courses cover the AIM models for assessment and intervention for children and adolescents and also specialist topics such as Technology-Assisted HSB, Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice Approaches and Sibling HSB. It also includes a Manager/ Supervisor’s Course.


Attendance Criteria:

Practitioners must have at least a basic understanding of HSB, gained through our foundation courses or relevant practice experience.

For all the assessment courses, participants need to have experience in complex assessments generally and ideally experience of working with HSB.

For the Technology Assisted HSB course, there is an additional requirement that the participants have some previous experience in working with this on their case loads

For the Intervention Course, there is a requirement that the participants have experience of assessment work and/or direct work with children and young people.

 Provision of certification for completing the entire course

We now intend only to provide certificates for practitioners who complete a full course, due to our concern that partial completion of courses may impact on the effectiveness of later practice. We totally understand the pressures of work and home life and there may be short periods of absence, that may be negotiable with the trainer, but by a full course we mean, that the trainer is satisfied that the participant has attended all the significant aspects of the understanding and application of the model or guidance.

We hope our clarity about the levels of courses and targeted audiences mean that all participants are getting the maximum benefit from the course. We will feedback to commissioners about any certificates that we cannot issue and the reasons why.

The Advanced Courses are:

  • AIM3 Assessment for Adolescents Who Display HSB
  • AIM Assessment & Intervention for Children Under 12 Who Display HSB
  • AIM Intervention Guidance for Adolescents Who Display HSB
  • Technology-Assisted HSB Practice Guidance (TA-HSB)
  • Restorative Practice and HSB (Skills based)
  • Siblings and Restorative Practice re HSB
  • AIM Training for Managers/Supervisors

Conversion Courses AIM3 and AIM Under 12s: Attendance Criteria

For 2019, we will be running one day conversion coursesfor our AIM3 and AIM Under 12s Models, for anyone who has received training from April 2017 to April 2019and wishes to update to the newest versions of the models.

These courses are not available for practitioners who have no previous training, nor for anyone whose training is more than 2 years old. For those practitioners we recommend attending our new AIM3 and AIM Under 12s courses, outlined above.


PLEASE NOTE; TRAINING COSTS DISPLAYED ARE CURRENT FROM JAN  2019;

OUR CURRENT DAY RATE FOR MOST COURSES IS £850 PER DAY PLUS TRAVEL/ACCOMODATION /SUBSISTENCE.

ALL COSTS SHOWN HERE ARE FOR COMMISSIONED COURSES; NOT THE INDIVIDUAL ATTENDANCE RATE.

AIM WEEKS- NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL

Each year we run at least two AIM weeks, one based in Manchester and one in London. During AIM week we run a number of our foundation and advanced courses, open to professionals both nationally and internationally. This facilitates international professionals, smaller organisations or individuals to book group or individual places on courses, if commissioning training is not cost effective for them.


FOR ADVICE CONTACT THE AIM PROJECT DIRECT ON 07788286698 OR VIA EMAIL; admin@aimproject.org.uk

UNLESS SPECIFIED ALL COURSES HAVE A MAX OF 20 DELEGATES.


AIM3 Initial Assessment for Adolescents Who Display HSB ; Advanced course

This will be a two day course to enable staff to use the newly launched AIM3 framework which replaces the previous AIM2 framework. This new course will be available from summer 2019. For details please contact AIM admin via email; admin@aimproject.org.uk

Cost: from £1,700 plus expenses.



AIM3 Conversion course

This will be a single day conversion course for staff recently trained in the AIM2 framework from April 2017 – April 2019 to enable them to use the AIM3 framework. This course will be available from late spring/summer 2019. For details please contact AIM admin via email; admin@aimproject.org.uk

Cost £850 plus expenses.


Basic Awareness of HSB; Foundation course

 Basic Awareness in children and Adolescents who display Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Target audience

This course is targeted at caseworkers who are new to this area of work, youth workers andsocial care staff who care for children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexualbehaviour (HSB).

Course Aim

HSB can provoke considerable anxiety in parent/carers and professionals. One of the primaryaims of this training is to demystify this whole area of work and empower carers andprofessionals to use skills they already have when managing children and young people whopresent with HSB. The training will provide professionals with some theoretical backgroundabout the development of sexual behaviour problems with structured guidelines for ways tointervene when HSB occurs.

This one-day course aims to develop practice confidence and competence in understandingand responding to HSB.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the prevalence and characteristics of harmful sexual behaviour.

Awareness of the theories that explain the development of harmful sexual behaviour.

Understanding of the continuum of sexual behaviour for children/young people

Increased confidence in responding to and managing HSB. Parental/Carer Response

Professional/Organisational Response.

Awareness of what works in the treatment of children/young people who engage in sexuallyharmful behaviour.

An increased insight into staff support and care.

Cost £850 plus expenses

 For details please contact AIM admin via email; admin@aimproject.org.uk


AIM Initial Assessment and Intervention for Under 12’s Who Display  Harmful  Sexual Behaviour; Advanced course

AIM Assessment and Interventions for Children under 12 and their families, where the child has problematic or harmful sexual behaviours. This course is currently being reviewed and will be available in support of the newly revised Under 12’s framework from late summer 2019.

For details please contact AIM admin via email; admin@aimproject.org.uk.

Cost £1700 plus expenses


AIM Under 12’s Conversion course

This will be a single day conversion course for staff recently trained in the AIM Under 12’s framework from April 2017 – April 2019 to enable them to use the revised Under 12’s framework. This course will be available from summer 2019. For details please contact AIM admin via email; admin@aimproject.org.uk

Cost £850 plus expenses.


Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour (TA-HSB) Guidance Training (two day) Advanced  Course

Target audience

This course is targeted at experienced practitioners in social work, youth offending and specialist providers, who need to have atleast a basic understanding of concerning sexual behaviours, gained through AIM or NSPCC foundation courses, or relevant practice experience, which ideally includes working with technology assisted harmful sexual behaviour on their case loads.

A separate one day Basic Awareness Course on TA-HSB will be available for practitioners who would benefit from having an understanding of the subject, but may not be involved in assessments or direct work, as well those practitioners who wish to go on to take our advanced courses.

Course Aim

This two-day course aims to develop practice confidence and competence in understanding how technology can facilitate harmful sexual behaviours.

It is drawn from and complements the AIM & NSPCC Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour (TA-HSB) guidance (Allotey & Swann 2019) and has been designed to help practitioners to formulate judgements about risk in the context of concerns arising from an adolescent’s technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviours (TA-HSB) and the development of safety plans.

This training provides the understanding from research and practice on these types of behaviours and gives guidance on how the model works. It highlights the nuances in practice that workers may face and helps to develop analytical skills in relation to TA-HSB.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

(i) Have an understanding of current research findings regarding technology assisted sexual harm

(ii) Know how to collect and collate relevant information regarding TA-HSB

(iii) Learn how to develop a case formulation

(iv) Be confident in establishing safety plans.

Cost £850 per day plus travel / accomodation and subsistence

To book contact AIM Project via email; admin@aimproject.org.uk


Supervising Staff Working with Young People Who Display  Harmful Sexual Behaviour; Advanced course

This course is currently under development and review. For details please contact AIM admin via email; admin@aimproject.org.uk


Supporting and Managing Children and Young People Who Display HSB in Foster Care Setting; Specific Setting Practice Training

This course is currently under review and development and will be available to support the revised publication in relation to HSB in Foster setting in 2020. For details please contact AIM admin via email; admin@aimproject.org.uk


Understanding and Managing  Problematic and Harmful Sexual Behaviours in Education Settings; Specific Setting Practice Training

A one day course for staff in the education field that is based on the AIM Education Guidelines  3rd Revision 2017, which addresses, assessment, management and support within a school setting for children and young people who display  harmful/problematic sexual behaviour.

Aims;

To provide information from research and practice about why young people may display these behaviours

To introduce the AIM education guidelines for assessment and management of pupils in school settings

To practice a tool for assessing behaviours

Contact admin@aimproject.org.uk for details

Cost: £850 plus expenses


Two Day Siblings and Harmful Sexual Behaviour  (HSB) Training Course; Advanced course

Target audience

The course is targeted at HSB caseworkers, Social Care staff, Youth Offending Team staff, victim support workers and those in restorative services who may be considering taking on cases of sibling Harmful Sexual behaviour. It does not require practice experience in the field of Restorative Approaches and will not train skills in relation to Restorative Approaches.

Course Aim;

This course considers and explores the characteristics of sibling HSB and seeks to improve professionals confidence and ability to respond therapeutically to these situations. The first day will consider messages from research, consider impact  and relational consequences, whilst  day 2 will focus upon the potential application of Restorative Approaches to assist in family reunification. Both days will highlight the importance of inter agency/multi disciplinary work.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will;

Have an understanding of the continuum of sexual behaviour for children/young people

Have knowledge of the research and practice about the prevalence and characteristics of sibling harmful sexual behaviour.

Be able to identify the family context where sibling harmful sexual behaviouris more likely to occur.

To have an understanding of responses to disclosures of sibling harmful sexual behaviour with particular reference to denial / minimisation and explore the impact of sibling  harmful sexual behaviouron the victim, perpetrator and family relationships using a case study

Understand the importance of inter-agency and multi-disciplinary working and an awareness of the appropriate therapeutic interventions

Explore the potential for restorative approaches in the workplace for sibling HSB and consider what the benefits might be

Be aware of the use of assessment approaches to determine suitability and inform preparation for a restorative approach

Consider how restorative approaches could be employed in their workplace

Cost £850 per day plus travel / accomodation and subsistence

To book contact AIM Project via email; admin@aimproject.org.uk


RESTORATIVE APPROACHES COURSES ; AIM is a registered Training Provider with the Restorative Justice Council (RJC) and adheres to the RJC Trainers Code of Practice. We use the term Restorative Approaches to be inclusive of practice both within and outside of the formal criminal justice system.


 Restorative Approaches and Adolescent Harmful Sexual Behaviour; 2 day Advanced course

Target audience

The course is targeted at RJ/RA staff who are either currently encountering or will be working with cases of sexual harm that have the possibility of a restorative approach. The course contains a significant element of skills training but assumes that participants are already trained and experienced RJ/RA practitioners

Course Aim;

This course will enable participants to have a clear understanding of the issues, challenges and potential benefits of using Restorative Approaches in cases of adolescent HSB. It will cover research and practice knowledge and through role play and group exercises it will enable participants to practice skills most appropriate to safe and effective restorative work in cases of HSB.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will;

Gain some knowledge of the practice/methodology employed in RA to facilitate communication in cases of HSB.

Have some understanding of the characteristics of Adolescent Harmful Sexual behaviour and theopportunities and challenges this creates

Explore the potential impacts of HSB from a victim’s perspective

To consider the familial harm and impact that occurs in cases of HSB and what families might gain from participation in the process

To practice the skills necessary to run a safe restorative approach  in cases of HSB

Understand the importance of an RS assessment to ensure safe and effective restorative practice

Consider how the restorative approaches can support any parallel therapeutic intervention/support for both the victim and the offender

Cost: £1700 (£850/day)   plus travel, accom and subsistence;

To book please contact the AIM Project  via admin@aimproject.org.uk


 The AIM Project also runs a number of single RA  day courses  which cover; These are specific practice settings course

  • Referral Order Practice with HSB (aimed at Panel members)
  • Referral Order Practice with HSB (Training the Trainer; aimed at Panel co-ordinators)
  • Restorative Assessment in HSB cases