APT Online Training and Resources for Health Health Professionals

Access APT-Accredited training, post-course resources, membership, and exams to uprate your accreditation from the Association for Psychological Therapies.

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In the Assessment Module, you'll learn or re-learn the importance of consistent, subjective assessment of the key factors that affect your patients, as well as strategies for conducting them.  Read More

DBT brings together a series of skills and techniques which are powerful and well-chosen ones, for working with personality disorder and other areas. Many people want to familiarise themselves with these skills without necessarily becoming a DBT therapist exclusively, and this course is for you if you are one of those people as well as if you are thinking of taking the first step in becoming a DBT therapist or establishing a DBT service. As well as covering the ‘overall concept of DBT’, it covers its ‘essential elements’ such as how to set up skills development groups, the inter-relation between the groups and the 1:1 sessions, how to maximise generalistion of the skills learned into real life, how therapists gain support for themselves, how fidelity to the model is maintained, and more. Read More

This online course spells out what you can do to develop your own mental good health in the workplace, as well as that of your colleagues. As such it empowers everyone (managers and non-managers alike) to take good care of themselves. It covers (a) the major diagnoses in mental illness, (b) the 4 bases you need to cover to maintain good mental health and help others do so; and (c) how the material covered meshes with your workplace.   The course covers a great deal: What constitutes mental health. The 5 areas of functioning: Behaviour. Biology. Emotions. Surroundings. Thinking. Mental illness: what is and is not mental illness, distressing everyday experience versus mental illness – is one more important than the other? What the World Health Organisation says. The complex brain: how it can – and does - pull us in conflicting directions. How to develop your good Mental Health and wellbeing, and how to maintain it. The 4 bases we need to cover for good mental health. Behaviour: what we do. This defines ‘our life’! Biology: sleep; diet; exercise, illness, etc. Surroundings: housing, social contacts, family, debts, etc. Thinking: our mental life. Even if everything else is in order, we can still trip ourselves up! Being a good colleague. Spotting signs of problems in others. Interacting helpfully with people who are having mental health problems. Support from friends and family. Helping the person to talk and think. Empathy and validation. Summary: the Do’s and Don’ts. Sources of outside help. Read More

This online course is for managers and directors and focuses on how to manage in a way that generates good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, and doing so in a realistic way that works well for everybody. Many people spend more waking hours at work than they spend anywhere else, so it is imperative that we do our best to get matters right in the workplace. So this course spends only a little time on the mental health difficulties that can beset people, and focuses instead on what you as a manager or director can do to foster good mental health and wellbeing in a way that embeds it into your organisation. So we are not talking about mere ‘add-ons’, we are talking about your style and strategy, and operating a style and strategy that is good for your employees and colleagues and therefore is fundamentally good for your organisation in a realistic, practical, and measurable way.   The course covers a great deal: Developing a clear management philosophy: The RAID® Philosophy. How to develop good relationships: the 3 key factors, in order. Key Principle: Empower, and boost self-efficacy. Key Principle: Notice good things more than not so good things. Key Principle: Recognise and remove irritants. Key Principle: Apply these principles to yourself. Key Principle: Know how to ask people to do things. Key Principle: Know how to motivate the team. Key Principle: Use Feedback, and use it skilfully. Why give negative feedback? Why give positive feedback? Major Exercise: Making an action plan and using The Checklist. The 5 major factors involved in mental health and wellbeing. Putting Square pegs in Square holes. Breaking out of the punishment cycle. Delegating skilfully and supportively. Biological factors, including: Sleep, Diet, Mood-altering substances, Exercise and Relaxation. Talking about emotions: is it a good idea? If not, what can we do? Social factors, including: when people actively dislike each other; people having no real friends at work; ongoing arguments and feuds at work; changes in role or workplace. Thinking style: Everything else can be pretty much perfect, and yet people can still spoil it for themselves by taking a gloomy or anxious perspective. So what then? Appraisal Interviews Making an action plan and using the Checklist. Read More

This course will take you through the most critical elements of engaging your patients. Even with the best tools and training in the world, if we can't properly connect with and engage our patients, we won't be able to help them.  Read More

Online Motivational Interviewing training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT). Includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. Based on Miller and Rollnick's latest book, this course describes an organised way of helping people to recognise their problems and to do something about them. Principally it addresses behaviour about which the client has mixed feelings: drinking and substance misuse for example, but a surprising array of common mental and physical health problems as well. Issues from taking psychoactive medication through to eating more healthily can all be addressed using motivational interviewing. Read More

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