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APT FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions.

Below are some frequently asked questions that may help you. If you have any queries that are not included here, please contact us, or it may be included on the individual course page.

How much are courses?

Can you deliver training outside of Canada?

Can just one of me attend?

Is the course accredited?

Who teaches the courses?

Where did you get my email address from?

How can I access your courses where I am?

Evidence for DICES®

Evidence for RAID®

Eligibility to become a tutor

How many hours of supervision are required to successfully be awarded the APT diploma?

I am dyslexic, can I have extra time for the exam?

If I attend the CBT Essentials course can I say that I am CBT-qualified / am a CBT therapist and put that on my CV?

If I study the CBT Essentials course online can I say that I am CBT-qualified / am a CBT therapist and put that on my CV?

Once I have completed an APT course, can I use the APT Accredited logo on my promotional material?



How much are courses?

We bring our 3-day courses to you and up to 15 people may attend it for an all-inclusive fee of $6,300 (plus GST/HST, tutor travel and accommodation expenses) (which you reclaim if you are registered for VAT – most people are).

2-day courses are charged at $4,500 (plus GST/HST, tutor travel and accommodation expenses) and 1-day courses are charged at $2,500 (plus GST/HST, tutor travel and accommodation expenses). The cost of an Extended CBT course varies depending on the amount of modules chosen (please contact us for prices).

All you have to do is phone us email office@aptcanada.com and we will take you through all the steps necessary to bring you an excellent training event. Just satisfy yourself that you can find a good teaching room and any refreshments (coffee and tea, lunches if you want to provide them) and of course the participants. We do the rest.

We strive to provide excellent value. The set fee includes:


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Can you deliver training outside of Canada?

Yes. We are happy to provide our courses anywhere in the world - please contact office@aptcanada.com for more information.


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Can just one of me attend?

Most of our courses are only available for us to bring to your own organisation for a group of 6-15 people. However, a few are courses are also available online, for a full list of 'online' courses click here.


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Is the course accredited?

Yes, all of our courses are accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT). This is given weight by the fact that over 100,000 professionals have attended APT courses. APT accreditation signifies that relevant information is presented in an engaging way, and every course is assessed on these two criteria, with the evaluation returned to the course-sponsor.

The two scales (relevance and presentation quality) were obtained by factor-analysing what were previously 17 separate feedback ratings and finding that they all correlated with one or the other of the two crucial dimensions, which seemed to be 'relevance' and 'presentation quality'.

If you are interested in whether a course is accredited/recognised by a specific other organisation then you need to ask that organisation. As a matter of policy APT does not seek accreditation from, and can’t speak for, any other body.


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Who teaches the courses?

Tutors are nearly all clinical psychologists, mostly of consultant grade. Tutors are selected according to stringent reference-checking. In other words we have a list of criteria which we ask referees to rate the applicant on.

If accepted, the tutor has to maintain an average of 6 on each of two 7-point scales; one on presentation-quality, the other on the relevance of the material to the delegates. (Equally, every course has to maintain those averages, regardless of tutor.) So, whilst occasional courses may slip below this average, most do not.

We don't normally guarantee in advance who will tutor a specific course for two reasons: logistically it would be difficult and in any event it is the courses rather than the tutor that we 'market'. The tutors' job is to present pre-written and validated courses at their best.

For more tutor information click here.


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Where did you get my email address from?

We don't do spam, so you will have given it to us at some stage. This will normally have been one of the following:

Should you wish to be removed from any mailings or would just like more information then please contact us.


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How can I access your courses where I am?

We can provide a course anywhere in Canada, for groups of 6 to 15, for the fixed fees quoted on this site. Courses are run 'on site' and the tutor will come to you. Also see "Can just one of me attend?"


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Evidence for DICES®

DICES checklists are exactly that. In other words they are there to tell – or remind – clinicians of the factors they should be considering. For example, 'hopelessness' is established as an irrefutable correlate of suicide risk and that is referenced on the course. 'Exploitation' on the other hand is a much more nebulous construct and has led to considerable debate about situations which can either be viewed as 'exploitation' or as a mutual 'win-win' situation!

We then leave it at that. In other words we don't suggest that there is a straightforward correlation between the number of boxes ticked and the degree of a specified risk. It seems to us that when you look at past situations that have turned out badly it is not so much the misreading of statistical correlations that's been at fault but a much more basic neglect of factors that should not have been overlooked.

DICES is reckoned to be 'self-evident' – the idea that it is wise for clinicians to have (a) a checklist of items they should consider when deciding whether a risk is 'significant' or not and (b) a checklist of items they should cover when composing a risk management plan. The evidence for individual items on the checklists (e.g. Hopelessness as a predictor of suicide) is referenced on the course.


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Evidence for RAID®

'RAIDing' isn't 'a unitary approach', in other words it is a collection of well established approaches (such as behavioral ones) put together into a format which is intended to maximise the chances of delegates remembering and applying a good proportion of them and moreover being able to maintain a positive frame of reference to very difficult behaviour.

In particular it leans on three areas of work: (1) The Behavioral literature, (2) solution-focused thinking and (3) the importance of the relationship between helper and helped.

In terms of evidence that this is a useful thing to do, there are a couple of elements you may or may not consider relevant to your considerations. Last year, for the 12th year running, The RAID® Course was APT's top-selling course of the 38 in the catalogue. This is mostly the result of 'repeat customers'; in other words those people who have received The RAID® Course apparently judge it to be doing what they hoped it would.


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Eligibility to become a tutor.

The standard eligibility criteria

The standard eligibility criteria for attending the school for tutors are that you should be:

Variations on the eligibility criteria.

APT operates a measured meritocracy, in that we constantly measure the performance of courses and tutors on two the key scales of presentation-quality and relevance, and if a tutor delivers the required performance then they are by definition up to standard, whatever their level of seniority. In the same way, some tutors' professional backgrounds are nursing, occupational therapy and social work, but what they all have in common is (a) significant clinical experience, (b) the aptitude for teaching and motivating people, (c) good references from specified referees, as above, and (d) a feeling for 'Psychological Therapies, as befits anyone accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies. So, if your c.v. does not fit the standard criteria you should not take it amiss if you are not accepted, but you can certainly still apply.

To check your eligibility, click here.


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How many hours of supervision are required to successfully be awarded the APT diploma?

To be awarded the APT Diploma you have to fulfil the requirements exactly as detailed on our website and, although regular supervision or peer discussion is certainly good practice, it is not essential to receive supervision to complete the projects described. However, if your aim is to obtain BABCP accreditation (which some people seek) then they do require 'supervised clinical practice' (see the BABCP site for current details).


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I am dyslexic, can I have extra time for the exam?

Yes, so long as you can furnish independent evidence of this from a relevant professional, otherwise no.


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If I attend the CBT Essentials course can I say that I am CBT-qualified / am a CBT therapist and put that on my CV?

Full transparency is always the best policy. So if you complete the CBT Essentials course, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2016 attended APT’s Course CBT Essentials. This involved three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours.

If you are seeking ‘a change of direction’ and want to become a recognised CBT therapist, then you need to become accredited as such with the BABCP. To see details of what that entails, go to their site; to do so now click here.


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If I study the CBT Essentials course online can I say that I am CBT-qualified / am a CBT therapist and put that on my CV?

Full transparency is always the best policy. So if you successfully complete the CBT Essentials course online, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2016 successfully completed APT’s Course CBT Essentials online. This is based on APT’s live course CBT Essentials, which in its live version involves three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours.

If you are seeking ‘a change of direction’ and want to become a recognised CBT therapist, then you need to become accredited as such with the BABCP. To see details of what that entails, go to their site; to do so now click here.


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Once I have completed an APT course, can I use the APT Accredited logo on my promotional material?

No, the logos are reserved for our excellence awards. You can however say what is the case, for example: 'I have APT Level 2 accreditation in DBT' if that is the case.


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Onsite Courses.

The majority of our mental health training courses are provided this way - we come to you and train a group of up to 15 people for an all-inclusive fee.

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Online Courses.

Obtain APT-quality input at a time that is convenient to you and minimises the need for 'cover' normally associated with training.

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