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The first thing a service must show is that it can identify and respond to risk appropriately and APT provides risk training courses of the highest standard. All of the training automatically carries APT accreditation with it, backed by the weight of over 100,000 professionals have attended APT's mental health training since foundation in 1981. Below is a list of available courses that we can bring to your own organization for a fixed fee, no matter where you are.
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.
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?
A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)
This course is designed for people who have predominantly short term contact with clients, either by phone or face to face. Typically those clients will be in or approaching a psychotic episode, suffering with a personality disorder, or so distressed that they may harm themselves or attempt suicide. The key aspects of these disorders are therefore covered, and, in particular, major effective strategies for effective brief intervention. Additionally the principles behind these interventions are covered, to facilitate long term beneficial impact, along with risk assessment in such high stress situations.
Suicide prevention is a vitally important topic because it affects so many people, and it affects them so deeply.
Historically, professionals have found it a difficult subject to work with, and we have developed a series of courses with the aim of remedying that. Our suicide prevention training consists of:
1. Suicide Awareness (half-day)
2. Suicide-Risk Assessment and Management (2 days)
3. Building a Life Worth the Suffering: Psychosocial Interventions for Suicidality™ (3 days)
4. Using your existing skills to work effectively with suicide (2 days)
This enables you to build the perfect package for your needs.
A 3-day course.
Written by William Davies, the author of Overcoming Anger and Irritability and the only anger management book on the Books on Prescription Core List (UK), this is a top anger management course.
This, APT's Anger Management course, focuses primarily on working with individuals (rather than groups, which are covered, but more briefly) who are habitually angry and sometimes violent. It covers the problems of working with such people but principally focuses on strategies for helping them overcome their anger and violence. Importantly it also recognises depression as a major cause of irritability and anger.
A 3-day course (2-day version also available).
For years, our customers have said they wished APT did a course with this title. Well we do now.
It aims to balance two conflicting demands. On the one hand an organization wants its people to feel autonomous, confident and effective. On the other hand an organization needs to be 'a learning environment', learning from mistakes without damaging the people that have made them. Taking aeronautical 'near-miss' investigations as a model of no-blame investigations, this course aims to provide you with the skills to conduct thorough, constructive investigations that are sure to learn the lessons that should be learned, and act on them as they should be acted upon.
These annual awards were established to keep people 'enthused' and thinking about how they can apply training in risk assessment and management in their practice.