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Secure Psychiatric and Forensic training courses.

If you are looking for the highest standard of post-qualification training for professionals working in Secure Psychiatric and Forensic settings, then you have found it. All of the training is accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), and we can bring any of these courses to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee no matter where you are. Some of these courses are also available for individuals to attend 'online' or 'open'.


A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders

A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders.

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

A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders gives a clear framework in which to analyse and work with most offenders.

It is an approach that is increasingly being recognised as giving very good results when well delivered. An underlying principle is that the offenders' behavior (like that of everyone) depends largely on the five Be-BEST factors involved in modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. If we can change those factors then we can usually also change the offending. This course aims to provide those working with offenders with sufficient knowledge of a cognitive approach to enable them to apply it safely to their caseload.

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CBT for Anger and Violence

CBT for Anger & Violence.

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

Frequent irritability is a demanding condition which requires the therapist to be at home with all elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Being irritable and angry is remarkably common, and can devastate the sufferer's life in terms of broken relationships, employment, general enjoyment, and, sometimes, criminal conviction. It can be a complicated area with a range of variations, and this course aims to give a comprehensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy solution.

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CBT for Substance Misuse

CBT Plus, with Alcohol & Substance Misuse.

A 3-day course.

When use of mood altering substances gets out of control it ruins the person's life - until we help them regain control.

The maladaptive use of mood altering substances (importantly, including alcohol) may easily devastate the life of the user and of those around them. Although onset may be insidious the effect can be far reaching and difficult to reverse without skilled and determined intervention. This course covers the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy solutions.

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The ADDRESS Course

The ADDRESS® Course for Working with Personality Disorder.

A 3-day course.

A powerful integrated package for working effectively with personality disorder.

This course combines relevant aspects of Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to form a powerful and systematic intervention for personality disorder. It highlights the problem behaviors associated with personality disorder, how to conceptualise those behaviors in specific cases, how to facilitate insight and motivation in the patient, and how to generate change strategies. Importantly it also gives participants a chance to practise applying them to prepared scenarios.

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The ABC Course

Aggressive-Behavior Control: The ABC Course™

A 2-day course. (1-day version also available.)

Powerful non-physical techniques for handling aggression and violence in the least restrictive way.

Whether you simply want to be effective in controlling aggression or whether your focus is on least restrictive approaches, this course is for you. The 'original' of courses on the least restrictive management of aggression it has been attended so far by about 100,000 professionals. Providing the foundation knowledge on how and why anger and aggression develop, it shows: how to prevent aggressive and violent incidents (both to oneself and others), key techniques for responding to an actively aggressive or violent person, and what to do after an incident has been resolved. Everything you need to know about least restrictive responses to anger, aggression and violence.

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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing, and how to use it effectively.

A 3-day course.

Also known as the ‘Essentials course’ this course is available 'Open' (where you come to us) or Onsite (we come to you and deliver it to a group of up to 15 delegates).

Based on Miller and Rollnick's latest book, this course describes an organised way of helping people to recognise their problems and to do something about them. Principally it addresses behavior about which the client has mixed feelings: drinking and substance misuse for example, but a surprising array of common mental and physical health problems as well. Issues from taking psychoactive medication through to eating more healthily can all be addressed using motivational interviewing.

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The DICES<sup>®</sup> Risk Assessment and Management System

The DICES® Risk Assessment & Management System.

Available in 3-day and 2-day versions.

A cogent system that actually facilitates clinical work, this is one of our most renowned courses. Thousands of professionals have already attended it.

With the starting point that excellent risk management involves excellent clinical practice, the DICES® Risk Assessment and Management System shows what is necessary to properly assess and manage risk easily, reliably and to the benefit of all, and this accounts for its staggering popularity.

Part one covers the nature and theory of risk assessment and management: why we do it and what we aim to achieve by it. Part two covers risk assessment specifically: if you don't notice the risk there is no chance you will manage it correctly. Part three covers risk management: there is no virtue in spotting a risk if you are not able to manage it. The end result is that not only do you know about risk assessment and management, you also have the ability and the equipment to do so reliably and well.

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The RAID<sup>®</sup> Course

The RAID® Course. The positive approach to working with disturbed and challenging behavior.

A 3-day course.

A relentlessly positive approach to working with disturbed and challenging behavior.

The 3-day RAID® course is a leading positive psychology approach for tackling disturbed and challenging behavior at source: over 20,000 professionals have attended it. It is a comprehensive approach which teaches staff a philosophy and practice not only to deal with disturbed and challenging behavior when it occurs, but also to prevent it by tackling it at source. 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. The essence of the RAID® approach is to play down disturbed and challenging behavior as far as safety allows, and to nurture and develop positive behavior so that it systematically overwhelms and displaces the disturbed and challenging behavior.

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Debriefing Survivors of Major Incidents

Debriefing Survivors of Major Incidents.

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

It is difficult to know what to do after a major incident, but 'nothing' is rarely the best option.

Major incidents such as patient-suicide, assaults, severe self harm, hostage takings etc can be very stressful for the staff concerned. Through lecture, case study and role play, this course examines how best to respond to such situations to minimise the stress; when it's best to say little or nothing, when to get a group of staff together, what to say, what procedures to follow, etc. It provides very clear guidelines in an often confused and difficult area.

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