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Behavioral Couples Therapy Training

BCT Essentials (Behavioral Couples Therapy training).

BCT Essentials is a 3-day course from APT (a leading provider of Behavioral Couples Therapy training courses). We bring this APT-Accredited course to your own organisation, for maximum cost-effectiveness, and up to 15 people can attend. (Refresher course also available.)

Executive Summary:

There is a long history, stretching back at least to the 1970s, of therapists working on couples' relationships, and using a behavioral approach in doing so; this is what one might term traditional BCT. There is a current vogue for IAPT services to address 'couples therapy', although the word 'behavioural' doesn't feature in that. Behavioral Couples Therapy – what this course covers - is an approach described by O'Farrell and Fals-Stewart in their book of that title, and deals specifically with BCT as it relates to substance misuse. The NICE guidelines commend BCT as an intervention for substance misuse.

Who should attend?

This course is for groups of professionals who want to learn to apply BCT to clients who are using mood altering substances maladaptively – in a way that doesn't work well for them or for those around them.

The professional affiliations of people who may attend this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers and others working in Substance Misuse.

The BCT Essentials course covers a great deal:

The course falls into two parts:

1. Important information, delivered by lectures, discussion and exercises. The information covered includes:

2. Skill development, where you learn to run BCT sessions by actually running them, and then receive feedback and have more practice. You also have the chance to be one of a 'couple' receiving BCT, and to see first hand what makes a good – and a not so good – BCT therapist. We pay a lot of priority on these practice-feedback sessions, the aim of the course is that you return to work with the skill to run BCT sessions, as well as the knowledge to back up that skill.

What this Behavioral Couples Therapy course will do for you:

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

How can I access this training?

Option 1: Bring the course to your organisation:

We bring this 3-day course to your own organisation for a fixed fee of $6,300 (plus GST/HST, tutor travel and accommodation expenses) and up to 15 people can attend.

To book, email office@aptcanada.com, or click the button:

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Option 2: 'Train the Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click the button:

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APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course. APT verifies the accreditation by publishing the delegates' average ratings of relevance and presentation-quality for all its accredited courses. The accreditation is given value by over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

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BCT Essentials Feedback

Feedback Ratings.

We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 97%

Average Relevance rating: 98%



*These statistics were last updated in April 2017.

BCT Essentials Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the BCT Essentials (Behavioral Couples Therapy) course has received.

"This was a really great course. The facilitator created a space in which individuals felt fully able to be open to embarking on skills based practice fully. Course content and supporting material was comprehensive and thoughtfully introduced."

“Fantastic learning experience, very well delivered."

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