Accessing Potential

The fundamental principle of the Compass Approach is the recognition that relationships within families and those they form with professionals are crucial to achieving successful outcomes. Developing collaborative relationships relies on trust, empathy, authenticity and the ability to be flexible and responsive to others. It is essential that as professionals we provide relationships in which families can feel safe, understood, valued and empowered. The clinical team at The Compass service is able to offer training, consultation and supervision on a broad range of topics to professionals working across the education, social care and health sectors.

These include:

Appropriate risk taking for improved outcomes.


Developing integrated, multiagency services.

Engaging commissioners in effective service development


Group supervision in organisations – the art of difficult conversations.


Clinical innovation


Provide to save models of service development.

Clinical applications of

attachment theory.


Attachment in schools.


Understanding challenging behaviour.


Therapeutic fostering approaches.


Developmental trauma.


Organisational containment.


Systemic approaches to professional practice and organisations.

As part of our Innovations funding the Compass team are currently developing a service manual and training package to support professionals in applying the Compass Approach in relevant areas of their clinical or professional practice. The team have extensive experience offering doctorate level teaching to the Clinical Psychology Training Programme at the University of East Anglia.  The Compass Approach is fully compatible with Norfolk’s focus on the Signs of Safety model and extends the systemic elements of the Signs of Safety approach.


The training package also includes the use of films to illustrate significant aspects of The Compass Approach and the reflective practice and clinical interventions that underpin our work.  Worksheets, group exercises, PowerPoint presentations and workshop materials are all available to promote clinical and service innovation in response to local needs.


The Compass Training team also offers Association of Family Therapy accredited introductory and intermediate courses in Systemic Therapy each taken over the course of an academic year. These lead to professionally recognised qualifications as a Systemic Practitioner and can then be used to access a Masters level professional qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy (Family Therapist).  This course is currently being written and we are exploring options with local Universities in the region to host and validate the MSc programme.

If you would like to find out more about our Training programme then please contact us for more information.

Compass Outreach Service

The Octagon Business Park

Little Plumstead


NR13 5FH


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