Working with Hard to Reach Adolescents


This training is a distillation of over 30 years work experience and 8 years research into the how best to work with and understand hard to reach adolescents. It includes the unique Orb8 model of aspects of hard to ‘reachness’ and domains of intervention including neurodevelopmental, emotional, relational and environmental areas and matched approaches including management and safety, therapeutic responding, relationship-based practice and social/external intervention. Each area of understanding and intervention are unpacked and discussed in detail including developing individual and organisational practice.

Teaching Methods

There is a fair amount of course material provided which will be delivered via description and dialogue by the course facilitator supported by power point slides. Group participation is encouraged throughout and essential to participant learning. There are also group and small group exercises and examples from practice.

Length of Course

This is a one day training course lasting four to six hours depending on organisational and attendee needs and requirements.


Any appropriately sized room with a projector, screen and flip chart.

Group Size

Minimum group size 6. Can be taught to up to 30 at one time. Can be offered as a conference presentation for larger groups.

Who will benefit/target audience

This training day is really interesting and helpful to anyone working with adolescents and young people. It will be of particular interest to those working with children identified as traumatised, hard to reach or marginalised such as social workers, foster carers, residential staff, special education and PRU, youth and criminal justice, LAC nurses and so on.

The course is suitable for qualified and unqualified staff, those new to the area to those very experienced and can be flexed to meet particular group requirements.

Main benefits

Hard to Reach adolescents can behave in a way that can seem difficult to manage and understand. This day provides a distillation of how to best make sense of presentations on multiple levels and how to respond in a nuanced and sensitive manner to such young people and the challenges they face to improve outcomes.


The power point presentation will be made available after the training

A list of readings and resources will be provided at the end of the power point

Lead Associate/Associate Skills, Knowledge

Dr Jane Herd whose practice over 30 years with hard to reach traumatised and marginalised children and young people in health, social work and third sector settings and 8 years of doctoral research at The Tavistock and Portman led her to create this model and develop this training.

Next Steps

We encourage any organisation which would like to make use of our courses and training to contact us to discuss.
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