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Are you an experienced Covid supervisor working in Feature Films who would like to learn more about supporting well-being and managing teams amidst uncertainty?

This course is now full.

 Please email us via the contact form to register your interest for further training.

Thanks to support from ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI)

as part of the Future Film Skills programme we are launching a new two-part course:

This course is for experienced Covid supervisors working in film who would like to develop their leadership skills

and also learn effective strategies to support self-care and recognise when team members may be struggling.

Dealing with uncertainty is recognized as one of the most significant leadership challenges. This two-part course

will support Covid Supervisors and help them better manage the pressure and emotional toll of this role. 
This training will provide tools and strategies to help Covid Supervisors develop the mindset and behaviours

to communicate effectively, maintain boundaries and navigate uncertainty whilst supporting their own self-care

and the well-being of their team


The main areas of focus:

Understanding the factors that influence mental health, where we are in terms of the pandemic and the trauma responses that may be encountered

Resilient leadership  - maintaining boundaries, managing teams under pressure and supporting self-care

Effective communication and the difficulties faced during Covid (masks, bubbles, remote working)

Session 1:


How resilient are you? Resilience is the ability to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances. Resilient leaders have the ability to cope with disruption, adversity and frequent changes. They adapt under immense pressure, all whilst maintaining positivity and managing their teams effectively.

With the acute physical, mental, emotional and social behaviours inevitably highlighted by COVID-19 resiliency is the key to supporting and managing teams.

We will look at where we are in terms of the pandemic and the individual trauma responses at play. How to boost  self- care and manage workplace stress

Topics covered will include: 

  • Where are we now?

  • The impact of Covid-19 on wellbeing

  • The impact of workplace stress

  • Cognitive distortions

  • Cognitive Restructuring

  • Emotional Resilience

  • Self-Care


Session 2:


Now that unhelpful thinking styles have been identified, we will discuss setting expectations, team goals, effective communication strategies and having difficult conversations around Covid-19. Developing personal adaptability is central, and a growth mindset is key.
We will  look at the difficulties of communicating effectively and with empathy during Covid-19 and how to spot the signs someone is struggling.

Topics covered will include: 

  • Building trust within a larger team

  • Effective Communication

  • Is what you say what your team hear?

  • Spotting the signs someone is struggling

  • How to offer support 

This course is recommended for:

Experienced Covid Supervisors 

Course Dates - options two daytime sessions or two evening sessions
Note: this course will be running over Zoom 

Course 1
o     22nd and 23rd February 2021 9.30-11am
Course 2

o    10th and 11th March 2021 7pm – 8.30pm


o    Applications close –  on 15th February 2021
o    Notifications - by 18th February 2021
o    Confirmation of attendance - by 19th February

Please note:

The project is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

the Application form 

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Sarah McCaffrey | Course Lead

This course will be led by psychotherapist Sarah McCaffrey. Sarah has extensive experience designing and managing training courses for ScreenSkills through her previous role as the Training Manager at the Production Guild. 
She now runs her independent mental health company Solas Mind which offers bespoke mental health support packages including a counselling service and mental health training to productions, studios and freelancers.
Sarah is a fully qualified psychotherapist (MBACP) and Suicide First Aid Trainer