Validation: a key component in therapy and relationships in general

1 module


Dr William Davies



‘Validation’ is a key skill for both your professional and personal life. In this module, we address the importance of validating the experiences and emotions of your patients, why it is such a good thing to do, and effective strategies for doing it well. Patients may find that some of the things they do appear to them to be 'stupid' or bizarre, and yet they rarely are; even the most unusual behaviors and emotions almost always 'make sense' when we look closely enough. It is wonderful for patients to be able to see this, and then work towards doing things - and ultimately feeling things - that work better for them.

This module is part of the exciting Higher Order Therapy series of one hour modules. Each consists of an audio lasting 15-30 minutes, plus an exercise and resources for you to you use and practice with afterwards. The series is so named because it features all the 'higher order' factors that make therapy successful. If you examine the leading therapies they overlap to a fascinating degree, so by studying all the overlapping elements and then 'picking off' the elements that are unique to each particular therapy you achieve an extraordinary power and breadth in your ability to help others. And this is what the Higher Order Therapy series enables you to do. 

If you are an experienced therapist looking at the Higher Order Therapy modules you will quickly be able to see the ones you are proficient at and the ones you maybe need to brush up on, and that's exactly what you can do here. 

Every module in the Higher Order Therapy series is designed to be accessible, relevant and engaging, so encouraging both novice and expert therapists alike to develop exactly those elements they want to.

Finally, don't be misled by the price; you may feel that the low price suggests these are not serious modules whereas in fact they very much are. The APT's purpose is to make the best, most relevant and engaging training accessible to as many mental health professionals as possible.


To understand the concept of validation and why it is so important.

To understand the difference between validating a behaviour and condoning it.

To know how to validate behaviour and emotion easily and effectively.

To understand that validation is not a therapy in itself, but rather a rewarding stepping stone to change, without which change often won't happen.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate 1 hour CPD

Learning Credits

Validating, Yet Prompting Something Different
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Added 3 months ago, by Anonymous
Added 5 months ago, by Anonymous
Good course, but very brief-was expecting more for an hour of CPD, lots of repetition, no further reading
Added 10 months ago, by Anonymous
Provides a brief but thorough explanation as to why validation is a key skill during interventions.
Added about 1 year ago, by Anonymous
A very useful skill to have. Clearly presented and put in simple terms.
Added over 1 year ago, by Sarah
I really enjoyed this course - easy to listen to and pause to take notes. Validation is such a simple concept and yet is not one that we always consider when we get bogged down in problem solving and trying to find a solution. I will definitely use the strategies learnt in my role as an occupational therapist.
Added almost 2 years ago, by Anonymous
The module was comprehensive and informative. I learned some useful facts and it gave help in applying what I learned
Added almost 2 years ago, by Anonymous
I found it very insightful
Added about 2 years ago, by Jesse
Another Great Course Very detailed in depth even though it is an hour Long great Refresher
Added about 2 years ago, by Anonymous
I liked how condensed the module is, however it was advertised as an one hour course what made me except more content.
Added about 2 years ago, by Katrin
thanks for the good structure - the excercise results we discussed a lot

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