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Foundation training is for anyone who would like to learn how to effectively use our innovative and award-winning approach to support people with communication difficulties. Foundation training can be undertaken face to face or online. See below for more details. 

This training will help you to:

  • Use Talking Mats to support the children and adults you work with to share their feelings, thoughts and views.  
  • Reflect on your own communication.
  • Learn how issues that arise can be explored further through careful planning. 
  • Discover our Talking Mats research and evidence base. 
  • Connect with practitioners around the world.

You can see training and resource options in our shop.


This course is ideal for anyone who prefers a flexible learning experience at a self-guided pace.  There are 4 modules consisting of;

Module 1: What is a Talking Mat

Module 2: The evidence supporting Talking Mats and who can use it

Module 3: The benefits of using a Talking Mat for the listener and the thinker

Module 4: Using Talking Mats creatively

Each module has a teaching section and an activity which may be watching a short film clip, a quiz, reading or contributing your ideas, questions and comments to the group forum.  The final module requires a short film of you carrying out a mat and your thoughts on how this went.

The course is completed over a period of 6 weeks and we estimate it involves 12 hours of learning.  There are no live sessions.  Your learning is supported by personalised feedback from Talking Mats tutors.

Book now to secure your place on one of our online Foundation courses.  We have courses beginning on:

  • 20th September 2022
  • 18th October 2022
  • 15th November 2022

Face to Face (In Person)

Face to face training is delivered by specialist Talking Mats tutors, and can be undertaken in one of two ways; the two-part course and the one-day course.

The Two-part Course

This course is delivered over two half-days near our headquarters in Stirling. It is structured to allow participants time to reflect and develop their own communication skills between the two sessions, which are held 4-6 weeks apart.

The One-day Course

This course is delivered in one day and we combine hands-on experience of Talking Mats with role-play, discussion and reflection of the use of the tool in a variety of real-life situations.

Our next face to face training will be taking place in Manchester on 10th November 2022.


During the course you will learn what Talking Mats are and who can use them. You will also learn about the evidence to support them, and how using them can be beneficial for both the listener and the thinker. During interactive sessions you will watch and reflect on videos, get a chance to practice and reflect on your Talking Mats use, and think about how you will use Talking Mats creatively in your own practice.


Thursday 10th November 2022, 9:30am – 4:30pm


St Thomas Centre, Manchester

For more details about how to get to to the St Thomas Centre click here.

How to book

Please book your place through our shop.

Once you have booked your place, one of our team will be in touch to get more details including any accessibility or dietary requirements.

Face to Face (Online)

This course, in partnership with Course Beetle, is perfect for anyone who wants to take part in live sessions with a Talking Mats tutor.

The course is split into three live Zoom sessions and will be structured as Follows:

Session 1: 24th Nov 2022

  • What is a Talking Mat?
  • The Talking Mats Process
  • Research Evidence
  • Who Can Use Talking Mats?
  • Impact of Talking Mats
  • Preparation for Session 2 Assignment

Session 2: 1st Dec 2022

  • Session 2 Assignment – Reflection
  • Thinking about Topscales​
  • Digital Talking Mats​
  • ​Planning your own Mats​​
  • Preparation for Video Assignment

Session 3: 14th or 15th Dec 2022

  • Video presentations
  • Supportive reflection with your tutor and peers
  • Next steps: Registration, Licensing, and Network opportunities

Find out more and book your place on Course Beetle’s Website.