Courses and events for professionals working with deaf children

This page lists events and courses organised by the National Deaf Children's Society as well as those run by other organisations.

Healthy Minds - training to professionals

Our Healthy Minds programme explores good emotional health and well-being for deaf young people. We train professionals to deliver the series of sessions for deaf children with an emphasis on deaf young people finding their own solutions to the problems they may encounter. We believe this provides life-long learning tools. Tackling issues such as low self-esteem, isolation, stress and anxiety, Healthy Minds encourages young deaf people to use positive strategies for dealing with change, managing their deafness, developing their self-esteem and confidence and building a repertoire of social skills.

Six sessions cover the following topics:

  • What is a healthy mind?
  • Developing good emotional well-being
  • Support mechanisms and looking after your body
  • Identity – Who am I?
  • Owning and managing deafness
  • I’m okay being deaf

People attending the training courses range from Teachers of the Deaf and teaching assistants to speech and language therapists, youth workers, paediatricians and clinical psychologists.  

Healthy Minds training

Healthy Minds (Fife) 19 Nov 2015

Healthy Minds- (Brighton) 26 Nov 2015

Healthy Minds (London) 2 Dec 2015

Healthy Minds - Wrexham Jan 14 2016 (213 kb) [pdf]

Healthy Minds - Cardiff Jan 28 2016 (213 kb) [pdf]

Healthy Minds - Coventry 10 March 2016 (232 kb) [pdf]

Healthy Minds (Stoke) 17 March 2016 (231 kb) [pdf]


Bespoke workshops

Bespoke workshops  to meet your service’s specific needs are also available including on, for example, morphology, working memory, assessments, creating good listening environments, meeting the needs of children with mild or moderate hearing loss and implementing SEN reform and understanding what a good Education, Health and Care plan looks like. Contact for more information. 


e-Learning opportunities

  • Disability Matters is a free e-learning resource for the UK workforce with more than 57 modules that help challenge and positively change our own and others fears, ideas and attitudes towards disability and disabled children and young people. Includes Deaf Communication Matters focusing on improving access to services and communication with deaf children and young people.
  • Various eLearning courses, now with BAA CPD points, visit AudiologyOnline.
  • American Academy of Audiology eAudiology offers online live and on-demand seminars, many free of charge.
  • British Society of Audiology 'Lunch and Learn' lectures - recorded lectures in association with Phonak, with the opportunity to email speakers during a limited period of time following talk.
  • Cochlear Academy offer a series of online presentations that have BAA CPD points about their cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids and accessories.
  • Department of Health in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies, visit E-Learning for Healthcare.
  • The Ear Foundation E-Learning modules and recorded presentations.
  • The Ida Institute offer modules through their e-Learning Lab which have BAA CPD points.
  • Live International Otolaryngology Network (LION) A Worldwide video conferencing network dedicated to Otolaryngology.
  • Recorded lectures given by international speakers are available to watch on Phonak eLearning site.
  • To download presentations and view webcasts from previous Phonak conferences.


Post-graduate study


Short courses and conferences during 2015


Short courses and conferences during 2016


Short courses and conferences during 2017


Other courses

If you run courses and events for professionals who work with deaf children and their families, and would like to tell NDCS members about them, please email

You may also be interested in training and events run by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB). Previous and current courses include successful commissioning, involving disabled children in choices and decisions, demystifying research evidence, involving disabled children in planning and reviews, supporting children, parents and families, and building a culture of participation. Further information here.