FRIENDS for complex needs training

training day will focus on evidence-based guidance on how to differentiate the FRIENDS programmes for children and young people with complex needs including autism and learning disabilities.

The FRIENDS programmes are evidence-based interventions, proven to reduce anxiety and depression and promote resilience for people of all ages. The updated version 7 of the programmes are more inclusive and accessible to children with special educational needs and autism (e.g. simplified lesson structure, reduced language and literacy content, more visual resources).

In addition, the trainers will be sharing their professional practice and research evidence on adapting the FRIENDS materials further for children with autism and learning disabilities (Special FRIENDS, Slack 2013). The Special FRIENDS programme has now been incorporated into Version 7 of FRIENDS training is no longer available in this programme.

This training is aimed at school teachers (mainstream and special), SENCOs, speech and language therapists, clinical or educational psychologists, school and community nurses or mental health practitioners. Those attending this training day should have knowledge and some experience of working with young people with autism spectrum disorder and/or learning difficulties/disabilities.

The training will run from 9.30am to 5.00pm. Light refreshments and a sandwich lunch will be provided.


The Psychology Tree is delighted to continue our partnership with the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

Find out more about the FRIENDS for Life programme