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**This refresher course is only available to those that have completed ‘Solution-Focused Therapy Essentials’ and are wanting to refresh their knowledge and renew their APT Accreditation.** Online Solution-Focused Therapy training (also known as Solution Focused Brief Therapy or SFBT) from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. This course aims to introduce you to the principles of SFT/SFBT in a way that gives you a firm grasp of them and enables you to use them in a safe and helpful way. You should become at home with the approach which is often seen as a 'breath of fresh air' both to client and professional, looking for and finding effective solutions for problems, rather than being sucked further and further into the problem itself. For further information on the format of APT online training click here. Read More

In this Distance learning module from the APT, we talk about the constructional approach, which focuses on building positive behavior that displaces behaviour that works badly. So if we work with depression then maybe also to develop energetic and positive behavior, if we work with anxiety then maybe also to develop energetic and relaxed activity, if we work with 'challenging behaviour' then also to encourage behaviour that works well for the patient and those around them. It can sound too obvious when put so clearly, but in fact it often contrasts with the negative focus of much work. As was once famously found: 'for every paper published on happiness, around a hundred a published on depression.'  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 The DICES® Risk Assessment and Management System and are wanting to refresh their knowledge and renew their APT Accreditation.** 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. For further information on the format of APT online training click here. Read More

**This refresher course is only available to those that have completed 'The RAID® Course for working with Disturbed and Challenging Behaviour' and are wanting to refresh their knowledge and renew their APT Accreditation.** The RAID® course is a leading approach for tackling disturbed and challenging behaviour at source: over 20,000 professionals have completed it. It is a comprehensive system which teaches professionals a philosophy and practice not only to deal with disturbed and challenging behaviour when it occurs, but also to prevent it by nurturing positive behaviour targetted to displace the disturbed and challenging behaviour. Staff feel pleased to share a unified system and to know what they are doing and why they are doing it, while clients delight in a relentlessly positive and empowering approach. For further information on the format of APT online training click here. Read More

‘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. Read More

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