07
Aug

Working With Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters

fabtic is pleased to announce a one-day CPD juvenile firesetter course on 24 September 2015 in Newcastle.

Enhanced Problem Solving Skills When Working With Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters is the first in a series of four, different training days taking place across the UK in 2015-16. All four days focus on the key social, cognitive and behavioural skills adolescents need to address their anti-social behaviour, including firesetting. Delegates can book all four training events or attend individual days as stand-alone courses.

The September training day focuses specifically on problem solving.

Teaching problem solving skills is a technique widely used by staff who engage with anti-social young people and most interventions include a variation of the process. This training day approaches problem solving in more depth and enables delegates to take away practical ideas that can be used immediately with adolescents who set fires.

Exploring the fundamental areas of problem definition, barriers to effective problem solving, problem solving multi-tasking, alternatives and implementation, delegates will leave with increased knowledge and skills in this key area, along with hand-outs for use in client practice.

The training is aimed at all professionals experienced in working with children and adolescents who set fires.

The training day runs from 0930hrs to 1630hrs (with registration from 0900hrs) and costs £145 per delegate, including refreshments, lunch and all accompanying hand-outs. Early booking is advised as numbers are strictly limited to 20 delegates to ensure all group work is as lively, interactive and inclusive as possible.

To book your place or for more information please contact fabtic on 020 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk



03
Nov

Latest fabtic training day sells out

fabtic is pleased to announce that it’s latest one-day training course in central London on Thursday 6 November 2014 has now sold out.

Thirty five delegates from fire and rescue services, youth offending teams, social services departments, forensic psychology practice and the research department at the University of Kent will attend the Enhanced Skills For Effective Engagement with Juvenile Firesetters training day.

Delegates will learn about the risk factors associated with firesetting, focusing in particular on understanding anger and aggression when working directly with juvenile firesetters.  Those attending will explore how best to use listening and reflecting skills when attempting to change behaviour, and practice new strategies for their client work.

The training is delivered by staff from fabtic and the Cognitive Centre, who have a combined experience of delivering firesetter and risk training to over 35 UK Fire and Rescue Services, and working with statutory, voluntary and private organisations in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Australasia and the US.

fabtic and the Cognitive Centre are proud to be bringing together professionals from across the UK – in a range of support services – to learn, share and discuss ideas together. 

If you would like to attend a future training day by fabtic or the Cognitive Centre, please email info@fabtic.co.uk or wendy@cognitivecentre.com



10
Oct

Bookings are now open for fabtic’s latest one-day firesetter course

fabtic is pleased to announce a one-day training course in central London on Thursday 6 November 2014, relevant to all professionals working with children who set fires or with responsibility for safeguarding vulnerable families.

Enhanced Skills For Effective Engagement with Juvenile Firesetters provides those attending with evidence-based findings on the risk factors associated with firesetting.  This knowledge is then applied to understanding anger and aggression when working directly with juvenile firesetters, and an exploration of how best to use listening and reflecting skills when attempting to change behaviour.  In addition to this wider understanding on the subject, delegates will leave the course with new, practical tools and exercises to use in their work.

The theories and practical techniques learned can be applied by all professionals working directly with children and adolescents who have challenging and offending behaviour, ensuring the day is relevant to all agencies working with vulnerable families.

The training is delivered by staff from fabtic and the Cognitive Centre, who have a combined experience of delivering firesetter and risk training to over 33 UK Fire and Rescue Services, and working with statutory, voluntary and private organisations in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Australasia and the US.

The day also provides a networking opportunity for professionals in a range of support services from across the UK to share and discuss ideas together.  Bookings so far include professionals from Fire and Rescue Services, Youth Offending Teams and the field of forensic psychology.

The training runs from 0930hrs to 1630hrs and will be held at InTuition House, 210 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA.  The venue is one minute from Borough tube (on the northern line), a five minute walk from London Bridge rail, tube and bus stations and within walking distance of Waterloo mainline and tube station.

The cost of the day is £145 + VAT per delegate, including all materials, lunch and refreshments.

To book a place please contact the Cognitive Centre on (029) 2051 3048 or email wendy@cognitivecentre.com

For more information pn the course content or details of other training courses delivered by fabtic please call (020) 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk

 



08
Sep

Report Writing Course Gains Top Marks

fabtic is delighted that 100% of delegates at a recent training course would recommend fabtic to others.

Similarly, 100% of delegates found the training relevant to their work, confirmed they would use the practical ideas learned and would like to attend further training by fabtic.

The report writing course was delivered to the LIFE team of the London Fire Brigade, whose staff work directly with vulnerable and at-risk teenagers.  The report writing course focused on a team where sensitive information is routinely captured, recorded and shared, and the statutory considerations that surround this responsibility.

Through the discussion of a Serious Case Review (involving the death of a child in a house fire), an exploration of defensible decision-making and consideration of what makes a good report, delegates used practical case examples to apply the theory learned throughout the day.

In addition to the high satisfaction rates recorded, additional feedback comments were:

Thank you, learnt a lot! Very clear and precise.

 A really laid back and informative training day.

 Made report writing interesting – thank you.

 Excellent training. A perceived boring subject made very interesting, engaging and interactive.

 Very relevant to LIFE and identified the practical applications of knowledge learnt.

 Excellent delivery and very informative to current role.

 Energetic, charismatic trainer.

 Very well balanced approach to what can be a difficult subject to talk about – light-hearted and serious when appropriate.

 An enjoyable and interesting day – good content and lots of information.

 Joanna is a very engaging trainer and makes asking questions easy. I would like to be trained by Joanna again as she makes it easy to engage and learn.

 Joanna made the subject very interesting and I learnt how to change the way I write reports for anyone to read. Now all I have to do is put the tips into practice. Thank you.

fabtic is proud to be working with all four of the London Fire Brigade’s youth engagement teams and if you would like to train with fabtic, please email info@fabtic.co.uk or call 020 7249 0652 for more information.

 



14
Apr

Five-day firesetter foundation training announced

Join fabtic at its next open training course in central London from 2 – 6 June 2014.

The five-day course is entitled Foundation Training For Staff Working With Children Who Set Fires and is open to staff from fire brigades, Children’s Services, CAMHS, Youth Justice and other personnel working with at-risk children and families.

The content is aimed at staff new to working with children and adolescents who set fires, or those looking to refresh their skills and knowledge in this specialist field. The course explores the motives for firesetting behaviour, the principles of effective behaviour change and key areas such as Pro-Social Modelling, creating (and ending) quality client relationships and defensible decision making. The theoretical basis is complemented throughout with real-life case studies and discussions, along with practical tools and strategies to use in client work.

The training will be held at In-Tuition House, 210 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA (a five-minute walk from London Bridge rail, tube and bus stations).

The course runs from 0930hrs to 1630hrs each day, with lunch and refreshments provided, and the total cost is £650 per delegate.

Bookings are now being taken and if you would like to attend the course, or for more information, please call (020) 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk



28
Feb

February training day

fabtic’s open training day on 26 February 2014 brought together thirty professionals with a specific interest in juvenile firesetting.

Fire service managers, firesetter caseworkers and specialists in the field of forensic psychology and play therapy explored the impact of attachment and child development upon children and adolescents setting fires. Combining theory and research with practical strategies for use in direct work, delegates also discussed current cases to share experience and ideas in how to best meet the child’s needs.

Twenty six of the thirty delegates completed feedback forms at the end of the day, 100% of whom said they found the training useful, would recommend the training day to others and would like to attend future training by fabtic. Additional comments included,

Very relevant content.

Really engaging and effective session. All elements relevant to me.

Really informative day. Excellent training and delivery.

Great day. Very well delivered.

Good standard, concise, well presented.

Thanks, was fantastic. Hopefully more to follow.

Very interesting and informative training day. Good use of illustrative examples to inform the theory.

Love the practical stuff. Fantastic enthusiasm throughout the day.

Brilliant day, very informative, a lot of new techniques introduced to me.

If you would like to find out more about fabtic training, please email info@fabtic.co.uk



10
Jan

Working with Fire and Rescue Services

fabtic is delighted to be working with 11 UK Fire and Rescue Services since its launch on 1st June 2013.

Through a combination of bespoke training courses, tailored seminars and lectures featuring firesetter case studies, fabtic is working with the following Fire and Rescue Services and regional Chief Fire Officer Associations (CFOA):

London Fire Brigade
Hertfordshire FRS
East Sussex FRS
Surrey FRS
Wiltshire FRS
Dorset FRS
Devon and Somerset FRS
Cornwall FRS
Leicestershire FRS
Derbyshire FRS
Nottinghamshire FRS
CFOA (South West)
CFOA (East)

fabtic has also worked with fire service colleagues in Finland and New Jersey, and delivered training to mental health staff based in the UK and the US.

A selection of the feedback received in 2013 is featured below and fabtic looks forward to building on these relationships, and developing new ones, throughout 2014.

If you would like fabtic to deliver training to your staff, please email info@fabtic.co.uk or call 020 7249 0652 to discuss your team’s needs.

Thank you for giving practical ideas for dealing with firesetters. This course has given me hope and confidence for leading a firesetter intervention in the future. This has been something I have been anxious about doing previously. (Advocate)

Very child centred and imagination-friendly. (Education Officer)

Wonderful. Very useful and very well done. (Manager)

Excellent and engaging session. (Inclusion Officer)

Fabulous training. Good pace, good content and good delivery. (Advocate)

Great session and a great trainer who kept things interesting and interactive. (Practitioner)

Fantastic day. Exceeded my expectations. (Team Leader)

Very informative. Best training day attended. (Watch Manager)

Brilliant tips. (Advisor)

Thoroughly enjoyed today’s training. One of the best I’ve attended since joining the fire service. (Advocate)

Really useful training delivered in an excellent manner. (Advocate)

After the training I will now review some of our guidance and recommendations we have in place. (Manager)

Very enlightening and informative. Will assist me greatly with future referrals. (Administrator)

Brilliant tutor. Very informative, enjoyable. Varied learning styles. (Safety Technician)



09
Nov

11th Annual New Jersey Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Conference

fabtic is thrilled to be working in the US from 1 to 8 December 2013, presenting at an international conference on juvenile firesetting, delivering training to the New Jersey Fire Department and visiting the clinic of Professor David Kolko.

Managing Director Joanna Foster will be opening the 11th Annual New Jersey Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Conference as its keynote speaker. Presenting The Case of “Josie”, a Child at Risk of Significant Harm, Joanna will talk about her direct work over a twelve-month period to directly address one child’s firesetting behaviour. Joanna will discuss the motives behind Josie’s firesetting, the practical strategies used to address the behaviour and the importance of multi-agency working to ensure the short and long-term safety of Josie, due to the severe neglect she suffered at home.

Prior to the two-day conference on 5 and 6 December, Joanna will be delivering training to firesetter personnel from the New Jersey Fire Department through a series of half-day workshops, along with visiting the offices of the New York Fire Department and meeting their firesetters team and fire investigation officers.

From New Jersey, Joanna travels to Pittsburgh and the clinic of Professor David Kolko. Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Paediatrics, David is the leading international name in the field of juvenile firesetting research and intervention. Joanna is honoured to be spending time with David at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, learning from his practice and discussing together the introduction of a validated firesetting risk assessment tool into the UK.

If you would like to find out more information about any of the above, please email info@fabtic.co.uk



04
Sep

Training day dedicated to juvenile firesetting behaviour announced for February 2014

fabtic is excited to be delivering a juvenile firesetters training day in central London on Wednesday 26 February 2014.

Understanding Attachment, Child Development and Emotions when Working with Juvenile Firesetters is a one-day training course aimed at all professionals working with children and adolescents who set fires.

The training provides those attending with a theoretical understanding of how attachment and child development impact upon direct work with juvenile firesetters. This theoretical underpinning is then developed over the course of the day into a practical understanding of how professionals can allow children and adolescents to express and explore their emotions when addressing firesetting behaviour.

Delivered by fabtic staff with over ten years’ experience of working directly with children and adolescents who set fires, the day allows delegates to learn from evidence-based practice and real-life case studies in a structured, informative and enjoyable learning environment. Delegates will have the opportunity to use hands-on art and craft materials during the training day in order to leave with new, practical tools and exercises to use in their work.

The training will be held at The London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UE.

The venue is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross Station and is easily accessible via tube from all other mainline stations across London.

The training day runs from 1000hrs to 1630hrs, with coffee and registration open from 0930hrs. Lunch is provided and delegates are encouraged to stay for a post-course drink in the venue bar upon completion of the training day in order for networking opportunities to continue.

The cost of the training day is £115 per delegate.

If you would like to attend the training day, or for more information, please call (020) 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk



01
Aug

Training to South West England Fire & Rescue Services

fabtic is pleased to be delivering firesetters training to managers and staff from Fire and Rescue Services across South West England.

The CFOA Firesetters Group (South Western region) is hosting a workshop development day for staff from four county fire and rescue services, all of whom work directly with children who set fires. The hundred delegates will attend a series of workshops delivered by fabtic Director Joanna Foster entitled ‘Journeys With Children Who Set Fires’.

During the workshop, Joanna will explore creative ways of allowing children to express their emotions and enable staff to empower children in their progress towards stopping setting fires. Staff attending will be given practical tools to make them more effective in their client work, using resources that are free to access and can be used by all practitioners regardless of artistic ability.

Joanna is proud to be presenting at the CFOA Firesetters Group, which brings together youth engagement managers and staff from across the South West of England to discuss best practice and policy when working with children with firesetting behaviour and features guest speakers on relevant topics.

The workshop day will be held on Monday 9 September 2013 in Weymouth, hosted by Wiltshire FRS.

If you would like fabtic to deliver training or present at a conference, seminar or team meeting you are organising, please email info@fabtic.co.uk