- The DICES® Risk Assessment and Management System -

23 modules


Dr William Davies



Reliable and comprehensive risk assessment and management is a fundamental clinical skill. We need to be able to spot endemic risks such as suicide, violence, self-neglect, vulnerability and more, and to know how to work to prevent these risks coming true once we have spotted them. We also need to know what risks are particularly relevant to children and adolescents, older people, and people who misuse mood-altering substances, and again do the best to prevent these risks happening. This is exactly what the DICES system helps you to do, and in an interesting and engaging way that heightens your clinical practice.

The APT has mastered the delivery of DICES training 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"Great course. Really easy to follow and very informative. Kept me interested throughout."

DICES training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"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."

With a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples of using DICES and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the seriousness of the topic.


"Very informative and will be of excellent use in my place of work."

This course gives you a thorough introduction to DICES, it is APT-accredited, and gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course. Whether you simply want to broaden your knowledge or want to pioneer the introduction of DICES risk assessment to your service, this course is for you. The course can be studied by teams or individuals, see below.

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.



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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.



Click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering for somebody else - or a group - create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please email finance@apt.ac stating; the course title, how many places you require, your organisation's purchase order number, and the name and address for the invoice to be sent to.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate APT Accreditation, Level 2 (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 about 20 hours ago, by Ayobami Sulayman
A good learning perspective, for all professionals!
Added about 23 hours ago, by Anita
I have really enjoyed learning about risk assessment. The course was delivered well and provided me with a good grounding in risk assessment and management.
Added 4 days ago, by Anonymous
The course is educative
Added 5 days ago, by Neil
Very useful, well presented and a timely update for me. Excellent as every experience with APT has been to date.
Added 10 days ago, by Anonymous
This is an excellent course, it really sensitises you to what to look for in a risk assessment
Added 16 days ago, by Linos
Invaluable and informative course, highly recommended to any clinician who works in the field of mental health.
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
very helpful and good resources
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
Added about 1 month ago, by Matt
Informative and thought provoking.
Added about 2 months ago, by Ramesh
Very crisp and clear course about risk assesment

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