Online Courses for professionals working in mental health and related areas

APT Accredited online courses from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT).

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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. For further information on the format of APT online training, guaranteed completions for group bookings, and how to make a group booking, click here.   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

In this distance learning module from the APT, we'll be talking about the practice of differentially reinforcing adaptive behaviour, so your patients are encouraged to do more of what is helping them, and less of what isn't. 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. For further information on the format of APT online training, guaranteed completions for group bookings, and how to make a group booking, click here. 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

In this distance learning module from APT, you'll learn about evidence-based practice, practice, based evidence, and how to use them to help monitor and track the progress your patients make.  Read More

In this independent learning module from APT, we'll be talking about the functions our patient's problems serve for them. We'll look at hunches and ABC Analysis, attention-seeking behavior, depression, functions intrinsic to behavior, and the importance of verifying that there aren't underlying physical causes.  Read More

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