Health professionals are under increasing pressures – with higher demands, staff shortages and a greater focus on tasks and timescales – this requires a rethink of what is safe practice. Key to this is the concept of Professional Curiosity.  Professional Curiosity, or a lack of, has been identified in numerous local and national safeguarding reviews as a key learning theme.  Practising in a Professional Curious way enables staff to challenge the information they receive, identify concerns and make connections to create greater understanding.

In this short course we intend to take a psycho-social and psychodynamic approach to developing an understanding of ‘under the surface’ aspects of Professional Curiosity. Allowing space to consider the barriers to helpful communication, what might prevent our natural curious stance, understanding our professional vulnerability and more.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Gaining understanding of Professional Curiosity and the barriers to a successful use of this framework.
  • Discuss the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and the adults
  • Consider the importance of confidentiality and the setting, including sharing information with, and about, children, young people and adults.
  • Explore ways to develop a rapport and raise sensitive topics with children, young people and adults
  • Explore and reflect on personal responses to a range of challenging scenarios with children, young people and adults in complex cases
  • Demonstrate the use of clear, appropriate and supportive communication that can be used with children, young people and adults to encourage safer practice
  • Consider communication through the lenses of SOCIAL GRACES
  • Further develop confidence in applying Professional Curiosity to practice

Course Delivery

This course will be delivered online, using Zoom, over 2 half-days. It is expected that all participants commit to and attend both sessions of the training programme for their cohort.

The sessions will include theory sharing, applying theory to practice and reflective practice using small group work using real practice case studies.

Course Facilitator

Adi Steiner is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with over fifteen years’ experience working therapeutically with children, adolescents and adults who experience a wide range of difficulties. Her passion and speciality is working with adolescents and young people who struggle with mental health difficulties such as depression and long standing anxiety or struggle with self-esteem and complex peer/family dynamics, and with adults who feel they have long term difficulties in areas such as relationships, depression and anxiety, transitions in life (becoming a parent for example) and loss.

Adi has worked over the past 15 years in various settings including the Private Sector, Local Authorities and the NHS both in England and in Israel. She has substantial experience of undertaking complex assessments, as well as treatment, working with adults, children and young people (5-18) and families. She has 8 years of experience as a senior clinician in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service both in Essex and Hertfordshire, undertaking complex Mental Health Assessments and providing medium to long term therapy as well as planning and delivering training to local GP’s and headteachers and education based staff across the county.

​Alongside her clinical work in Private Practice and in the NHS, Adi is also a lecturer and supervisor in various Mental Health and Social Work trainings at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.


Cohort 1 Monday 9th May 1.15pm – 4.30 pm
Monday 16th May 1.15pm – 4.30 pm
Cohort 2 Friday 13th May 9 am – 12.10 pm
Friday 20th May 9 am – 12.10 pm
Cohort 3 Monday 23rd May 1.15pm – 4.30 pm
Monday 30th May 9:15 am – 12:30 pm
Cohort 4 Friday 27th May 9 am – 12.10 pm
Monday 30th May 1:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Cohort 5 Friday 10th June 9 am – 12.10 pm
Friday 17th June 9 am – 12.10 pm
Cohort 6 Friday 24th June 9 am – 12.10 pm
Friday 1st July 9 am – 12.10 pm

To register for a cohort

If employed by CPFT, CUH, NWAFT or CCS please request registration for this training through your safeguarding team who are co-ordinating your organisations allocation.

If employed within Primary Care please send your preferred dates/cohorts to, indicating first and second choice where possible.