Solihull Approach in Australia
Official Training Hub in Australia


What is the Solihull Approach?

The Solihull Approach is a world recognised intervention to strengthen the bond between parents and children.

Originally created in the UK, it is referred to in the most recent ‘MERTIL’ (Victorian maternal and child health nurses) training developed and delivered by Deakin University and the Royal Women’s Hospital. It was included to support the aim of protecting our children from the enduring effects of early relational trauma.

World-renowned UK model

The Solihull Approach supports effective and sensitive parenting by modelling and teaching emotional containment and reciprocity. It aims to increase emotional health and well-being through both practitioner and parent training.

In the UK the majority of health visitors are now trained, as are many midwives, social workers and child & family practitioners. Whole schools have also been trained, as well as some within the police forces, fire brigades, adult mental health and even most recently, football coaches – emotional health is not restricted to one section of the community.

Supported by research

This research-based training has undergone a number of studies and reviews. 

The evidence based Solihull Approach incorporates infant mental health, neurodevelopmental and psychotherapeutic concepts to increase the emotional health and well being of both parents and practitioners. The approach provides an environment in which  participants can explore and develop an understanding of containment, which in turn, allows for reciprocity to grow.

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Courses available in Australia

2 day Foundation Training - learn the fundamental principles of the Solihull Approach and how to put them into practice.

1 day Group Facilitator Training - get the skills to run specific group sessions with parents, tailored to your profession.

1 day refresher course - consolidate your knowledge from previous training and build on your experiences so far.

Specialist courses

2 day Foster Care Training

Whole School Training (1 full day + twilight sessions)