- The DICES® Risk Assessment and Management System -

23 modules


Dr William Davies



This empowering training will give you best-practice tools to recognise, assess and manage risks including suicide, self-neglect, violence and sexual assault. This training gives you APT accreditation in the DICES® System for 3 years, access to online resources similarly, and is easily renewable.

This training is from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) and for further information on the format of APT online training, the APT’s guarantee to you, and how to make a group booking, click here.


Many professionals see risk assessment as tedious at best, anxiety-provoking at worst, so we wanted to construct a reliable system that is reassuring and empowering, exciting even! So we created the DICES® System and now over 6,000 professionals use it. What they love about it is that it teaches the essential risk triad in an enjoyable way, and in a way that actually helps them to produce great clinical work. The risk triad is:

  • Notice and assess any risk present.

  • Manage the risk: take action to minimise the possibility of the risk happening.

  • Demonstrate that you have assessed and managed the risk as well as it is possible to do so, and so move on to deliver timely and effective treatment.

The course covers:

Module One: Core knowledge about risk assessment and management.

  • Clarifying what our professional responsibilities are in relation to risk assessment and management.

  • What happens when things go wrong: themes from inquiries.

Module Two: Risk assessment and the DICES checklists.

  • The nature of risk-assessment, the problems associated with it, and how to avoid them.

  • Fixed and fluid factors and the importance of each.

  • Video analysis: what are the risks associated with this patient?

  • Introducing the DICES® series of checklists, and practice in the use of Brief-DICE.

  • Using DICES-S (suicide), and an examination of factors associated with suicide.

  • Using the other DICES checklists, covering: self-neglect and vulnerability; violence to others (including you the professional); sex offending; risks that older people are at; risks posed by people who misuse mood-altering substances; risks that children and adolescents are at, including toddlers and unborn children.

Module 3: Risk Management.

  • Definition and description of risk management: once you have noticed a risk, you need to do everything you can to prevent it happening.

  • Options for managing risk – (a) where there is a risk of harm to self, (b) where there is a risk of harm to others (possibly including you or other professionals), (c) where there are multiple risks.

  • The DICES risk management checklists, listing the key areas you are expected to address.

  • A worked example of risk management.

Module 4: Demonstrating the risk has been assessed and managed competently.

  • Assessing risk and managing risk are both vital, but you also have to demonstrate that you have done it well: using the DICES® acronym for this.

  • Whose benefit is this for - the professional, the patient, the organisation, all of those?

  • The limits of risk assessment and management: your duty now to provide timely and effective treatment if possible.

What this course will do for you:

  • It will provide you with the DICES® checklists, effectively enabling you to become 'instant experts' on risks around: Suicide; Self-Neglect and Vulnerability; Violence; Sexual Assault.

  • You will have checklists covering risks specifically applicable to older people, children and adolescents, and people who misuse mood-altering substances. Also a screening checklist, to assess whether any at all of the above are relevant in a specific case.

  • You will have a simple and empowering definition of risk management, and know how to manage risk in the best ways possible. You will know where the risk management traps are, and how to avoid them.

  • You will be able to demonstrate that you have assessed and managed risk to the highest standards, and that you maintain risk assessment and management habits that are up to 'best practice' standards.

  • You will be registered at APT as having attended the course, and receive a certificate to acknowledge your APT-Accreditation and registration.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Level 2 Accreditation (18 hours CPD)

Learning Credits

Introduction and Welcome
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The Scope and Aims of the Course
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Core Knowledge and Risk Assessment and Management
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Problems with Prediction
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Our Professional Responsibilities
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Risk Assessment and the DICES Risk Assessment Checklists
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The Assessment of Suicide Risk
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The Assessment of Suicide Risk 2
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Non-suicidal self-injury
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Risk Management Principles
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The Risk Management Checklists
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Managing the risk of suicide
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Managing the risk of violence
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Constructing a personalised safety plan
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The Risk of Violence to Yourself
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Risk Management. Case example and Feature exercise
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Demonstrating that the risk has been assessed and managed competently
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Self Neglect and Vulnerability
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Applying what we have covered reliably
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What have you earned from completing this course?
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Added 1 day ago, by Jennifer
Very good course but could do with more examples shown on the actual assessments.
Added 13 days ago, by Josh
Added 15 days ago, by Anonymous
Added 16 days ago, by Megan
very long and monotone
Added 16 days ago, by Anonymous
I thoroughly enjoyed the course.
Added 19 days ago, by Yvonne
Took course on-line. easy to understand & follow, very informative. May be would have liked more about assessing risks to children & meshing with their parents risks
Added 20 days ago, by Sam
Great course. Really easy to follow and very informative. Kept me interested throughout
Added 26 days ago, by Gemma
Added about 1 month ago, by Saibh
very interesting and informative
Added about 1 month ago, by Skye
An informative and well structured course. I have taken a great deal of learning from its completion, that I believe will support my future practice.

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