07
Apr

fabtic is awarded CPD accreditation status

fabtic is proud to be an approved provider with the CPD Standards Office, meaning that fabtic training is now CPD accredited.

Across the UK workforce, CPD is expected of most individual professionals in most sectors and employers are increasingly expecting their staff to undertake CPD, and may even measure them on it. Similarly, anyone who is a member of a professional body is likely to have CPD requirements laid out for them.

By attending fabtic training, employers and staff alike can evidence CPD activities.

https://www.cpdstandards.com/providers/fabtic-ltd/

The achievement of CPD accredited status means that fabtic training courses – including materials, presentations and the evidence-base used to underpin practical strategies – have been independently verified and assessed to CPD industry standards.

The CPD accredited courses designed and delivered by fabtic include Foundation Training for Staff Working With Children and Teenagers who Set Fires (five-day course), Pro-Social Modelling when Working with Resistant Clients, Report Writing in the Multi-Agency Setting, Understanding ADHD and ASD, and Problem Solving When Working With Anti-Social Adolescents.

To commission training from fabtic or to find out more about the range of courses available, please call (020) 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk



03
Feb

fabtic announces two training events for March 2016

fabtic is pleased to be holding two training courses in central London in March 2016.

The first is the five-day Foundation Training for Staff Working with Children and Adolescents who set Fires, which is aimed at staff new to this specialist field or those already working with juvenile firesetters and who are looking to enhance their skills. Previous delegates have included personnel from Fire and Rescue Services, Youth Offending Teams and forensic psychology.

The training course provides the theoretical knowledge and practical tools required to work effectively with children and teenagers who set fires. Using evidence-based research and practice throughout, the course equips attendees with the understanding and practical skills to ensure their work is ethical and effective when working directly with vulnerable children and families.

Firesetter case studies and discussions, practical examples and direct-work strategies are used throughout the five days, with certificates of attendance awarded to all delegates who complete the course.

The foundation course runs from Monday 7 – Friday 11 March 2016 in central London and the week’s fees are £750 per delegate. Daily lunch and refreshments are provided for delegates but those attending are required to source their own accommodation where needed.

For more information and to book a course, please email info@fabtic.co.uk or call (020) 7249 0652.

The second training event is a one-day course aimed at practitioners experienced in working with anti-social adolescents.

Assertiveness when Working with Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters focuses on the key principles of assertiveness and developing a clear understanding of how these are applied in practice so that we can improve outcomes for anti-social teenagers. Areas covered will include being aggressive, passive and passive-aggressive, and dealing with demand, criticism and praise. The course will also include key tips and techniques, including practicing the skill of fogging.

The course is delivered by fabtic and the Cognitive Centre, meaning delegates will benefit from the input and facilitation of two trainers on the day.

This one-day course will be held on Thursday 31 March 2016 in central London and the costs are £145+VAT per delegate (with lunch, refreshments and all hand-outs included).

For more information and to book a course, please email wendy@cognitivecentre.com or call (029) 2051 3048.



31
Jan

fabtic to speak at National Firesetter Meeting

fabtic is proud to be speaking at the National Firesetter Meeting hosted by Cambridgeshire FRS on Monday 1 February 2016.

With over 40 attendees from Fire and Rescue Services from across the UK, the meeting will be discussing national firesetter policy, guidance and training. fabtic is delighted to have been invited to attend and deliver a presentation on the juvenile firesetter training it delivers. fabtic has delivered training to 39 UK Fire and Rescue Services since its launch in June 2013, along with training to staff from forensic psychology, education, mental health, the police, youth offending and social services both in the UK and the US.

Delivering training in-house to services and also at open courses held across the UK, fabtic aims to make its training as accessible as possible, aware of the concerns of some professionals that many national training events are predominantly held in south east England. fabtic training ranges from half-day workshops to five-day foundation courses, with content adapted to suit staff who are new to this specialist field or those with experience in this work.

To find out more about fabtic training, please visit the training section of this website or email info@fabtic.co.uk Information on training can also be found by following fabtic on Twitter @fabtic_ltd or by calling 020 7249 0652.



05
Jan

Training Day Announced for 28/01/16 in Birmingham

Join fabtic at its next open training course entitled Critical Reasoning and Perspective Taking for Working with Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters.

This one-day CPD training course focuses on the application of moral dilemmas with young people, an approach found in many interventions such as The Ross Programme, Equip and Offending Is Not The Only Choice. The course includes an overview of the evidence base for this work, dilemma interventions and the practical application of this approach in the most appropriate way for engaging positively with young people.

The day will include the opportunity for delegates to rehearse and practice the application of these techniques, prior to using them in their direct work.

The course takes place on Thursday 28 January 2016 from 0930hrs to 1630hrs at The Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF. The training is aimed at all professionals experienced in working with adolescent firesetters and other anti-social clients, bringing together a multi-disciplinary audience to share experiences and enhance learning.

This is the third in a series of four training days taking place across the UK in 2015-16, all of which explore the principles of effective working with anti-social teenagers and juvenile firesetters. Each of the four training days has a different content, devised by fabtic and colleagues at the Cognitive Centre.

Each certificated course costs £145+VAT per delegate and includes refreshments, lunch and all accompanying hand-outs.

For more information or to book a place please call fabtic on 020 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk



01
Dec

fabtic celebrates working with 38 UK fire and rescue services

On the celebration of its two-and-a-half year anniversary, fabtic is very proud to have now worked with 38 UK fire and rescue services.

The work has included training workshops for the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) regional firesetter teams, one and two-day CPD courses for staff experienced in working with children and young people, and five-day firesetter foundation courses for personnel new to this specialist field of work.

In addition to working with fire and rescue services across the UK, fabtic has also been privileged to train fire departments in the US, speak at conferences in Scandinavia and the US, and work with personnel from forensic psychology, education, mental health, police, youth offending and social services (both in the UK and the US). fabtic has also offered advice to the Welsh Assembly following a spate of deliberately-set grass fires in the spring of 2015, met with CFOA staff to discuss the issuing of national firesetter guidelines, and chaired and co-hosted the UK juvenile firesetter conference in April 2015.

fabtic would like to thank all the professional agencies it has worked with to date, and give particular praise to the many experiences and good humour delegates have shared during training, and looks forward to expanding this work further throughout 2016.



26
Sep

Training day announced for 26 November 2015 in Manchester

fabtic is pleased to announce it’s next one-day CPD juvenile firesetter course on 26 November 2015 in central Manchester.

Enhanced Pro Social Skills When Working With Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters is the second in a series of four training days taking place across the UK in 2015-16, each with a different content. 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 November training day focuses specifically on pro-social skills, values and modelling. This key area in achieving behaviour change in clients will be explored through the use of evidence-based theory and application of practical exercises.

The training is aimed at all professionals experienced in working with children and adolescents who set fires. The first one-day course in the series was attended by personnel from fire and rescue services, police, youth offending and forensic psychology. Feedback from the day included,

Enjoyed the fact is was very practical, giving ideas of what can be used in our own clinical work. Very relevant to the young people I work with. Training was interesting throughout. Thank you!

Brilliant interaction and delivery. Practical exercises to use and share.

Great course. Very informative and helpful as always.

Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Great presentation and delivered really well. Will use the resources with my individual cases. Extremely relevant.

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



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



20
May

Multi-agency attendance at UK Juvenile Firesetter Conference

The national juvenile firesetter conference that took place on 17 April in Manchester brought together over 65 delegates from across Britain and Scandinavia.

Representing fire and rescue services, the fire service college, mental health, juvenile justice, adult prisons, residential children’s services, secure hospitals and units, risk management, civil contingency, the NHS, local authorities, education, training, psychology, academia, faith groups and private practice, the delegates brought a truly multi-agency dimension to the day.

The conference was led throughout by Dr David Kolko, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Paediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on juvenile firesetting behaviour. Professor Kolko kept delegates enthralled with his expertise, findings and client anecdotes from nearly 40 years of clinical practice and research. In addition to his presentations on assessment and effective interventions, Professor Kolko took questions from the floor; the questions began within the first ten minutes of the conference start and continued until the close of day. From shock tactics to links between firesetting and sexual behaviour, Professor Kolko delivered every answer with authority, knowledge, sensitivity and a humour vital when working with vulnerable children and families.

Amongst the feedback received from delegates, the comments of Paul Holland, Training Director at E.G. Consultancy, are of particular testament to the merit of the conference,

‘I have worked in the field of Community Fire Safety training for over 14 years…Firesetting is, naturally, a key area of concern. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation by David Kolko; particularly in the area of scope and assessment. His presentation has made me re-think my approach to almost every aspect of our work’.

In light of such success, fabtic and the Cognitive Centre look forward to welcoming Professor Kolko to his next UK firesetter conference, planned for summer 2016.

To register an early interest in the 2016 conference, please email info@fabtic.co.uk or call 020 7249 0652.



31
Jan

UK Juvenile Firesetter Conference – Friday 17 April 2015, Manchester

fabtic and the Cognitive Centre bring you a one-day national juvenile firesetting conference entitled Working With Juvenile Firesetters – Keys to Success, led throughout by Professor David Kolko.

Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Paediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Kolko is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on juvenile firesetting behaviour. He has spent over 30 years researching – and working directly with – children and adolescents who set fires.

In his first UK conference since 2009, Professor Kolko will deliver an overview of current juvenile firesetter work, discuss the use and validity of assessment tools and give an insight into intervention materials that will form the basis of a new book proposed for early next year.

Through case studies of his work and open Q&A sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to learn from Professor’s Kolko expertise, based in research that spans three decades.

The conference is relevant to all agencies working with children who set fires, including Fire and Rescue services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Children and Families departments, Education, Youth Offending Teams and foster, adoption and residential services. Therefore 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.

The cost of the conference is £295 +VAT per delegate (including all materials, lunch and refreshments) and the venue is the Midland Hotel Manchester, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS.

To book a place, please contact the Cognitive Centre on (029) 2051 3048 or email wendy@cognitivecentre.com There has been a lot of interest expressed in this conference and so early booking is advised in order to ensure a delegate place.

fabtic, the Cognitive Centre and Professor Kolko look forward to meeting you on the day and extending a warm welcome to you in Manchester.



08
Nov

UK Firesetter Conference Announced

In partnership with Professor David Kolko, fabtic and the Cognitive Centre are pleased to announce a one-day juvenile firesetter conference in Manchester on Friday 17 April 2015.

Professor Kolko is recognised as one of the leading researchers in the juvenile firesetting field. Professor Kolko works directly with children and adolescents at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, USA. Professor Kolko has published extensively on the subject of juvenile firesetting since the 1980s and his latest juvenile firesetter manual entitled Keys to Success will be published by the Oxford University Press.

Professor Kolko will speak about the latest research findings and developments in juvenile firesetting work. A series of practical workshops will complement this input, allowing delegates to learn new techniques and strategies in their direct work with children and adolescents who set fires.

The conference is open to all professionals working with children and adolescents who set fires, managers and practitioners with responsibility for safeguarding at-risk and vulnerable families, and those looking to understand more about this specialist work. An especially warm welcome is extended to overseas delegates working in this field.

fabtic is excited to be working so closely with Professor Kolko and the Cognitive Centre, and welcoming Professor Kolko back to England after his last UK firestter conference in 2009.  fabtic also looks forward to welcoming professionals from a range of disciplines and experiences to the 2015 conference.  In addition to learning from Professor Kolko’s expertise and experience, the day will be an excellent opportunity to meet others working in this specialist field and share examples of best practice.

Exact details on the conference venue, timings and costs will be available in January 2015.  In the meantime, please contact info@fabtic.co.uk to be added to the conference mailing list.