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Risk Assessment and Risk Management Course

The DICES® Risk Assessment and Management System for mental health and related areas.

This page describes how you can bring the training for this exciting Risk Assessment and Management System to your organisation: it is designed for use by whole services and organisations. Over 6,000 professionals use it.

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This empowering training will give you best-practice tools to recognise, assess and manage risks including suicide, self-neglect, violence and sexual assault. This training gives you APT accreditation in the DICES® System for 3 years, access to online resources similarly, and is easily renewable.

We bring the training to your own organisation and train a group of 6-15 people. Many organisations have multiple courses to train up all relevant personnel. Optionally, suitably qualified professionals in you organisation can also be trained to roll out the course in the organisation, under license.

Executive Summary:

Many professionals see risk assessment as tedious at best, anxiety-provoking at worst, so we wanted to construct a reliable system that is reassuring and empowering, exciting even! So we created the DICES® System and now over 6,000 professionals use it. What they love about it is that it teaches the essential risk triad in an enjoyable way, and in a way that actually helps them to produce great clinical work. The risk triad is:

The training is available as a 2-day course (which is suitable for most people), and a 3-day course (which is appropriate for senior personnel or DICES® champions, for whom even greater depth is desirable). Or, if you just want to plug gaps in your existing risk system, you can order in just one or two of the above topics, with each topic being a 1-day input.

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Who should attend?

Everyone who works with people in settings such as: Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, Older People, Substance Misuse, Forensic, Learning Disability, and Brain Injury.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental-health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers and others.

The course covers:

Module One: Core knowledge about risk assessment and management.

Module Two: Risk assessment and the DICES checklists.

Module 3: Risk Management.

Module 4: Demonstrating the risk has been assessed and managed competently.

Teaching methods.

What this 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: Have us bring the training to your organisation:

In all cases, up to 15 people can attend the course and we bring it to you for the all-inclusive fee. You simply need to provide a suitable training room and the delegates. If you have large numbers needing training, request multiple courses.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, email office@apt.ac 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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Downloadable information sheet:

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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.

Quick Links


What does DICES® Stand for?  ❯


Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Intervention, in Crisis Situations  ❯


The Professional Management of Suicide Risk and Suicidality  ❯


CBT with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: There Must be a Better Way™  ❯


Learning the Lessons from Major Incidents  ❯


CBT Essentials  ❯


Psychosis Courses  ❯

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: 95%



*These statistics were last updated in March 2018.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the The DICES® Risk Assessment and Management System has received.

“The best risk assessment course I have ever attended. The tools were precise and relevant to my practice. The management aspect was well explained and the practical examples were very good and informative."

“I have undergone many risk management trainings and this was by far the most informative, interesting and well presented. I will definitely recommend to other organisations I work for."

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