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In this distance learning module from the APT, we talk about what consultation meetings are, why they're valuable, and how to structure them for maximum benefit. If you work with extremely distressing and demanding conditions - as many mental health professionals do - or work with very specific therapeutic approaches which need close adherence to their principles, then it is virtually certain that your work will be tremendously facilitated by well organised consultation meetings. This module shows you how to achieve just that. 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. Read More

**This refresher course is only available to those that have completed ‘DBT Essentials' and are wanting to refresh their knowledge and renew their APT Accreditation.** 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 3 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. For further information on the format of APT online training click here. Read More

You can sit this online exam if you have completed Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (CBT) training with another provider and want to gain APT Accreditation Level 2. You will also be required to submit your evidence of training, more details of which are included before you start the exam and is included in the price. 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. Mental illness: what is and is not mental illness, distressing everyday experience versus mental illness – is one more important than the other? 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. ​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.   Bookings: 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. Read More

In this distance learning module from the APT, we talk 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. Highlighted in DBT but relevant and effective in virtually every form of therapy, we look at why it works so well and what pot-holes there are to avoid; effectively we focus on how to 'water the flowers and not the weeds'. 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. 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 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.   Bookings: 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. Read More

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