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Working with Traumatized Young People training

Working with Extremely Traumatized Young People.

Early childhood trauma and adversity can have a devastating effect on the wellbeing and functioning of a young person, often continuing throughout life. If professionals and carers learn the best approaches to responding to such traumatized children then they can maximise the chances of a better outcome for the children and everyone around them.

Executive Summary:

The impact of childhood traumas can damage physical and mental health, behavior, and openness to accepting help from others. This 5-course, 10 day APT-diploma covers the components necessary for professionals and carers to understand this phenomenon, and to interact and intervene effectively. It does so by covering: risk and how to assess and manage it; validation, what it is, why it is important and how to deliver it; how to tolerate distress better; how to regulate emotions; positive interactions that build self-efficacy and resilience in the young person; understanding the effect of unprocessed trauma and effective ways of processing it.

The APT-Diploma package comprises five 2-day courses, two online exams, and a work based project. Depending on delegates’ success in these components they can receive APT-Accreditation at Level 1 (attending the teaching sessions) through to Level 5 (100% attendance plus success in the exams and work based project).

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Who should attend this training?

Everybody who works with children who have suffered adverse childhood events, whether you work in informal roles, or a formalised 1:1 treatment capacity. Both the former and the latter can have large effects, and it as well that they should be beneficial ones.

The Diploma covers a great deal.

The diploma covers the following courses:

Course 1: How adverse childhood events cause damage, the risks and effects that are created by them, and how they can be addressed  ❯

Course 2: Based on APT's RAID Course: a practical positive philosophy for everyday interaction with young people, especially for behaviour we find challenging  ❯

Course 3: Based on APT's 'Repairing the Damage': strategies for everyday working with young people, designed to actively address the damaging effects that they have suffered  ❯

Course 4: Strategies and techniques from DBT, especially how to teach young people to develop the skills they need to build a life worth living  ❯

Course 5: Strategies and techniques developed from CBT and EMDR to directly address traumatic events a young person has met  ❯

Through all 10 days: Developing resilience, both for us and the young people work with  ❯

Course 1 (2 days):

How adverse childhood events cause damage, the risks and effects that are created by them, and how they can be addressed.

Course 2 (2 days):

Based on APT’s RAID Course: a practical positive philosophy for everyday interaction with young people, especially for behaviour we find challenging.

Course 3 (2 days):

Based on APT’s ‘Repairing the Damage’: strategies for everyday working with young people, designed to actively address the damaging effects that they have suffered.

Course 4 (2 days):

Strategies and techniques from DBT, especially how to teach young people the skills they need to build a life worth living. Skills such as:

Emotion-regulation, especially including the focus on biological elements: sleep, exercise, illnesses, circadian rhythm.

Interpersonal effectiveness. Relationships are crucial to mental health throughout the age-span.

Mindfulness. Why it works, what its key elements are, and how to develop proficiency in them.

Distress tolerance. 'Distraction behaviours' that may be used to contradict and neutralise distress, and ‘Radical’ distress tolerance.

Walking the Middle Path. Avoiding ‘all-or-none’ thinking and behaviour: what this means in practice, and how to teach the skill to young people.

Balancing skills training with understanding and validating how the young person feels and behaves, supporting the process with a problem solving attitude, and helping the young person to apply their new skills to real life.

Course 5 (2 days):

Strategies and techniques developed from CBT and EMDR to directly address the traumatic events a young person has met:

Through all ten days:

Developing resilience, both for us and the young people we work with.

What the training will do for you:

What you receive as a result of attending this training:

All delegates are registered at APT as having attended the training, receive a certificate to acknowledge their registration, and APT-Accreditation at the appropriate level. As a bona fide APT event, this training automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This accreditation is given weight by the fact of over 100,000 professionals having attended APT training.

Depending on your success in the components you receive APT-Accreditation at: Level 1 (attending at least 30% of the teaching sessions); Level 2 (attending at least 60% of the teaching sessions); Level 3 (Level 2 plus passing one of the exams); Level 4 (100% attendance and passing both exams); Level 5 (as Level 4 plus completing a demanding work based project to the required standard).

How can I access this training?

Option 1: Bring the Diploma to your organisation:

We bring this diploma to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £15,070 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend. We suggest intervals between courses of at least one month.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, 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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DBT Essentials Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments our Children and Adolescent courses have received.

"The best, most relevant training I have done whilst working at my service."

"The quality of the course was exceptional. The content and areas covered were delivered in a very comprehensive fashion. The tutor/facilitator was knowledgeable and passionate about topics covered and this was easily identifiable in training lectures. I really enjoyed this course and feel I have come away with a huge knowledge base and the practical tips/advice are much appreciated. I look forward to attending the next APT training course. Thank you.”

"Without a doubt the most informative, relevant and enjoyable training I have attended to date."

"I can honestly say as a Manager who has worked in Residential Care for 8 years that this was one of the most beneficial courses that I have been on."