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Children and Adolescent Courses

Training for professionals working with Children & Adolescents.

Many courses that we provide are applicable to working with children and adolescents and, when commissioned by a child and adolescent service, are tutored by one of our child and adolescent specialists. The following additional courses are solely for those working with children and adolescents, or frequently commissioned by services for children and adolescents. We bring the training to your own organization for a fixed all-inclusive fee, no matter where you are, and all of the courses are accredited by APT (The Association for Psychological Therapies) - one of Canada's leading providers of mental health training.

Working with Extremely Traumatised Young People

Working with Extremely Traumatized Young People.

A 10-day course (five 2-day modules).

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.

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The Effective Treatment of Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

The Effective Treatment of Anxiety in Children & Adolescents.

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

Anxiety is the major mental health problem facing young people and it has serious short and long term consequences, so it is imperative we can respond to it effectively.

This is such an important topic for several reasons: first, its prevalence, anxiety is the single most common mental health problem in children and adolescents; second, the huge impairment it makes to the quality of life of the child and the child's family; third, the impairment to functioning in terms of concentration and exam performance; fourth, the long term consequences in terms of the schemas that are created by the child about him or herself and about those around them.

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Attachment in Practice

Attachment in Practice.™

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

How to intervene effectively to help children with attachment disorder, and their parents or carers.

This course aims to teach you about Attachment Disorder, where it comes from, what effects it may have on children and young people, and how to work to reduce those effects and underlying attachment disorder. It therefore covers parenting designed to increase attachment, and working with foster carers, and also gives you the chance to conceptualise your own caseload in relation to these ideas.

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ADHD: Key Knowledge and Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention

ADHD: Key Knowledge & Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention.

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

Powerful psychosocial interventions to help young people and those around them.

ADHD has become an increasingly common diagnosis in recent years and is one that can cause confusion and concern in parents and carers. They may already be 'at their wits end' in terms of responding to disruptive behavior and can then be confronted with entrenched viewpoints about whether medical or psychosocial interventions are most effective – and even which ones are morally 'right'. This course aims to take a dispassionate view of the nature of ADHD and details what effective psychosocial interventions are available to benefit both young people involved and also those looking after them.

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Removing the blocks to good School Attendance

Removing the blocks to good School Attendance.

A 2-day course.

As the title suggests, this course is about establishing good school attendance in young people who, for whatever reason, are not attending regularly or at all. The course is intended for relatively high level professionals such as educational psychologists and CAMHS professionals, who are or will be able to work with the concept of case formulation. The reason for this is that the course teaches the principle that to intervene effectively in this area you must have a good formulation of the problem, and it shows how to achieve that. From the formulation a good plan of action follows, and the course examines some of the most effective interventions. Students on the course are encouraged to address their own caseload and generate formulations and interventions around the cases therein.

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Repairing the Damage

Repairing the Damage.™

A 3-day course.

For whole teams working with young people who have been through experiences which are by any standards 'damaging'.

Some children - and adults - who have been through difficult or traumatic experiences are referred to as 'damaged'. It's an unpleasant word but can, unfortunately, be an apt one. The damage can take various forms but usually results in changes in the deepest parts of the brain, resulting in effects which are behavioral, cognitive, biological, social and emotional. Examples include: aggressive behaviour, withdrawal, poor self esteem, hostility to others, lack of interest in activities, disturbed sleep and appetite, sadness, anxiety or anger problems, and poor relationships. Although this is a disturbing list there are many children who exhibit most or all of these as a complete 'package' of apparently self-perpetuating – and worsening - problems, resistant to repeated intervention and thereby the cause of great frustration to professionals. The aim of this course is to repair the damage and so avoid those consequences.

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The Assessment and Risk Assessment of Children and Adolescents in Crisis

The Assessment and Risk Assessment of Children & Adolescents in Crisis.™

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

Using existing clinical skills and Davies's structured interview.

Assessing adolescents and children in crisis settings often causes professionals a lot of concern. They wonder whether they have the necessary skills, they are concerned about the potential volatility of the situation, they are unfamiliar with having another adult (the parent) present and concerned, they are not sure about consent and confidentiality issues, and they are not completely sure what their role is: assessment, risk-assessment, management, or what?

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The APT Diploma in Working with Children and Adolescents

The APT Diploma in Working with Children & Adolescents.

120 hours.

The APT Diploma in Working with Children and Adolescents provides you with 120 hours of training over 12 months. We bring all the modules to you for a fixed fee, to ensure you get a supportive group addressing the same material. The course covers all of the below courses.

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