WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

Complex Needs Training Suite

The Complex Needs Training Suite – What is it?

This suite of courses has been developed in partnership with Community Links Training and Women Centred Solutions.

It’s a cohesive training package containing key principles and learning which both the National Fulfilling Lives programme and Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) have established are fundamental to working with multiple needs.

WY-FI has provided opportunities for over 60 people to complete the course over the last two years. Impact evaluation reports for these courses are available:

All participants completed an introductory course over two days which consisted of the following elements:

  • Psychologically Informed Environments
  • Personality Disorders and Complex Trauma
  • Risk Enablement
  • Working with Challenging Behaviour

The participants then completed four further days training:

  • Understanding Personality and Personality Disorders
  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Working with Complex Trauma (Level 2)
  • Understanding Multiple Needs as Experienced by Women

We are offering the course again in Spring 2021

The impact of COVID-19 has meant that our original plan to run the course again in late 2020 has changed. We are very pleased to announce that we will be running the course in February and March 2021. In order to offer the course to as many people as possible and to ensure maximum COVID-19 safety, we have made some changes to how the course will be delivered.

We will be taking a blended learning approach, this combines e-learning, self directed study and online workshops. For each session there will be a pre-recorded PowerPoint presentation for the candidates to watch and listen to which includes self-directed learning tasks. After watching the presentation, they will need to spend 1 or 2 hours completing the self-directed learning tasks. All these tasks must be completed before they can participate in the online workshop. Anyone who has not completed the tasks will be asked to leave the workshop.

It is crucial that employing organisations provide the delegates with protected time to complete the e-learning and learning tasks. The total time spent on the course will be the same as before – the equivalent of six working days. More details on course content are available at the link below.

Full details of exactly when the course will run will be posted here soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to register your interest in the training, please contact Roger Abbott:


Training summaries, aims and objectives

For a full list of all the Complex Needs training courses, including course summaries, aims and objectives, click here.