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Depression in Older People training

Older People and Depression: Key Knowledge and Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention.

Older People and Depression: Key Knowledge and Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention is an APT-Accredited 3-day course from one of the UK's leading providers of mental health training courses. We bring the training to your own organisation, for maximum cost effectiveness, and up to 15 people can attend. (2-day version and refresher courses are also available.)

Executive Summary:

It is true, as William Davies says, that “Many older people are depressed, and many older people have a lot to be depressed about”. It would be surprising if it were otherwise, what with longstanding friends dying, being physically unable to do things they previously enjoyed doing, having pains and other biological processes disturbing them, having less future to look forward to, and cognitive processes sometimes not being as acute as they once were. On the other hand, it is not true that all older people are depressed, and, for those who are, we can often make some significantly helpful interventions.

This course is therefore about (a) recognising depression in older people, (b) being aware of any risks this presents, and mostly (c) intervening in a constructive and helpful way. Major teaching methods are: lecture, case studies, small group exercises, and large group discussions.

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Who should attend:

People who attend this course normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Professionals who spend the majority of their time working with older people.

2. Professionals who, while older people may not be their primary speciality, nevertheless need to get 'up to speed' on the subject.

The professional affiliations of people suitable to attend this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and others.

The course covers a great deal:

What the course will do for you:

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

How can I access this training?

Option 1: Bring the course to your organisation:

We bring this course to your own organisation a train a group of 6-15 people for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £4,165 plus VAT for the 3-day course, or £3,050 plus VAT for the 2-day version.

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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Feedback Ratings

Feedback Ratings.

We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 96%

Average Relevance rating: 93%



*These statistics were last updated in April 2017.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the 'Older People and Depression: Key Knowledge and Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention' course has received.

"Brilliant tutor, really engaging ... will be using this in practice! Such an eye opener."

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that it was very well facilitated. I feel that an atmosphere of openness was created, allowing participants to express a range of views and explore these in a supportive environment. The learning and information gained will be significant in helping my everyday practice. Thank you."

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