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Working with Psychosis course feedback

Working with Psychosis (Course 2): Assessment, Formulation, and Helping Strategies, course feedback.

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"One of the best trainings I’ve been on in years. Lots of useful, real world clinical examples and tips for working with the whole clinical team."

Course delegate


"Excellent course and very meaningful to my practice. I will recommend to others."

L Roberts, Consultant Psychologist


"Hands down the best course I've ever been on. Everything was made relevant with real life cases with real life examples showing how the theory worked."

Faye Brevitt, CPN


"The training was fantastic. The tutor very knowledgeable and nurturing, not to mention inspiring. I feel significantly more confident in working with psychosis. I can't thank the tutor enough. Thank you Keith."

Community Psychiatric Nurse


"I have to say this was the best training I have ever been on. It was very informative training and I feel I have learnt a great deal to be able to put into practice. I'm looking forward to further training and now feel confident to use these learnt approaches."

Jemma Lynam, Specialist OT


"I really enjoyed the training. It was informative and inspiring. It was positive and more creative than other CBT training that I have attended. The trainer was insightful and had a wealth of knowledge and experience. The materials that were given out were also very well put together."

Genevieve Bonsu, Social Worker


"Another excellent course ... I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course. The course was laid out well, I enjoyed mostly the videos with patient and professionals. I found them very interesting and overall from start to finish this course was the best I have had the privilege to attend."

Diane Firkins, STR Worker


"This was an excellent course with a wonderful balance of theory and practice. The course leader was excellent, demonstrating the rare human balance of extensive theoretical knowledge and clinical expertise. It's been a pleasure to attend."

Course Delegate


"I really enjoyed this course. I found the topic to be presented in a really engaging and accessible format. I truly value the opportunity for attending."

Liz Pennington, Clinical Psychologist


"Such an interesting, informative and inspiring course."

Cheryl Stelfox, Clinical Psychologist


"This course has unquestionably been most helpful and the tutor has been very inspiring."

Rachael Moss, Community Psychiatric Nurse


"I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and feel that every clinician working with individuals who suffer from psychosis should attend."

Blessing Tasara, CMHN


"Excellent - best training I've been to since working for the Trust in 3 years. Thank you."

Keely Porter, OT


"Once again, the tutor has delivered! Module 2 has been very interesting, built on the knowledge gained from Module 1. The course has been greatly strengthened with video clips, illustrations and drawings. I am already looking forward to Module 3. The tutors easy style on teaching, laden with a wicked sense of humour and a good reservoir of knowledge has also enriched the course. I would recommend the course to all professionals looking after people with psychosis including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Nurses and others."

Dr Peter Umezinwa, Associate Specialist Psychiatrist


"Will be able to use CBT in Psychosis with more confidence and hopefully more effectively with my service users. Felt the course was delivered with confidence and at a good pace with good examples relating to practice. It was made enjoyable, kept my attention and I enjoyed the overall experience of the three days."

Deborah Sands, CMHN


"A great 3-days, stimulating, interesting and practical advice about how to relate the content into my workplace. An excellent mix of professionalism and informality from our facilitator. His enthusiasm and knowledge was second to none."

Angela Sawyer, CMHN (Older People)


"Has been a great course ... Regenerated my passion and enthusiasm."

Helen Dudeney, Deputy Manager


"The course was very interesting and very helpful ... I recommend that all nurses do the course."

Course Delegate, Nursing


"One of the best courses ever attended. Excellent."

Colin Lambert, CPN


"Really enjoyed and benefited from the course. Module 2 was a progressive follow on from Module 1 and I believe it to have been essential for the work that I do."

icola Goodwin, Acting Team Manager


"I found this course to be extremely interesting, informative and useful to my work. I found it well presented, plenty of opportunity for interaction and I was captivated throughout the days."

Charlotte Lawrence, Social Worker


"This was the best course I've been on for ages. John had a tremendous way of delivering the material so that it can be understood and it is clear that he knows his subject matter. I feel refreshed and full of new hope."

Rick Reaney, AMHP. Clinical Psychologist


"I feel I have gained a lot from this course. It has provided a number of strategies to incorporate into my clinical practice. It was very well presented and the facilitator provided an opportunity to reflect, discuss and question when necessary … Extremely worthwhile course."

Suzanne Aziz, Trainee Clinical Psychologist


"I have found the course extremely enjoyable as well as informative."

Wendy Prentice, Trainee Clinical Psychologist


"Excellent course. Very informative and enjoyable. I will be able to utilise techniques in clinical practice. Very well presented."

Alison Whitefield, Charge Nurse


"I really enjoyed the course and found the discussions interesting and stimulating. I particularly felt the course was presented very well and at a pace appropriate to the participants."

Karen Livingstone, Clinical Psychologist


"Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the course and find it extremely relevant to my work. I feel I have more confidence now in working with this specific client group and look forward to consolidating my new techniques and skills."

Joanne Donald, Occupational Therapist


"Relevant and meaningful to clinical role. Enriched skills and will effect change in service delivery, work practice."

Esther Stewart, Senior Occupational Therapist


"Very enjoyable course. Excellent tutor. Very relevant to my day to day work. I will feel much more confident in my work."

Anne Dunn, ENM


"Provided an excellent opportunity to reassess and develop skills needed to promote effective 'do able change'. Very enlightening and well presented."

Mark Cumbes, RMN


"I feel I have learned an enormous amount of information which will be useful to me for years to come. An excellent tutor with a brilliant skill of using examples from everyday life to illustrate difficult information which made it so much easier to understand. I now feel a lot more confident to use my skills in my workplace to the benefit of the clients."

Rhiannon Jeffries, Assistant Psychologist


"I was extremely pleased with the way it was presented. I felt very much involved and was given lots of opportunity to express myself throughout these three days. I've learnt many techniques and approaches that would be very useful to me in my practice."

Jayshree Malde, Care Manager


"I have enjoyed the course very much as I felt that it validated what I do. It also added a lot more to help me improve my skills."

Gete Gebeyehu, RSW


"Just as stimulating as first part – I feel much better equipped now to talk to people who are experiencing delusions or hallucinations and more confident about treating these."

Phyllis Fitzsimons, Dual Diagnosis Nurse


"An excellent course, one of the most interesting courses I have attended for a long time. An excellent facilitator."

P Heagney, CPN


"I cannot fault this part of the course in any way. Extremely satisfied and feel rewarded in what I have learnt."

Rod Munro, Community Psychiatric Nurse


"This has been an excellent 3 day course and a perfect follow on from Module 1. I have felt that I have been able to consolidate knowledge and skills developed during Module 1 and am keen and excited to put into practice interventions and formulations taught in Module 2."

Jane Hamilton, CPN


"An excellent course! The tutor was well prepared, very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. Ample time was made for practical exercises."

Paul Reed, Staff Nurse


"Extremely well organised again. Plenty of opportunity to discuss specific cases and expand on examples given in the handout. Very useful handout which will enable regular reference."

Angela, Sawyer, CMHN


"The whole programme was useful, we need more courses like these. The facilitator was knowledgeable and gave supportive feedback in relation to our role play and questions. It's provided useful time for reflection on my work and the information it provided was well adapted to our workplace experience. The presentation was spot on and supported discussions. Thanks."

Janice Moore, Senior Social Worker


"I felt that the course content was both interesting and relevant. I also felt that it was well presented and that the use of different medium i.e. video, group discussion and the role play helped to enhance the consolidation of knowledge."

Wayne Lavell, Assertive Outreach Worker


"It is not an exaggeration to say that before I did this course, I felt extremely demoralised and deskilled to the point of wanting to leave nursing. To therefore say that this course helped me to rediscover my motivation in affirming my capacity to make a difference, to utilise skills that I have in my daily practice and much more, to make me want to do so, has been the true benefit of this course for me."

Lucy Thomas, Senior Support Worker


"Thoroughly enjoyed course. Became enlightened and enthused. Excellent presentation, easy to follow. Over the 3 days began to feel positive, and easier to implement some of newly acquired skills."

A AcKnill Smith, CPN


"An excellently presented course. The facilitator obviously has a wealth of experience sand relevant knowledge – making each session interesting and 'user friendly'. I can easily see how I will apply this model to my work with clients."

Marie McLeod-Ferros, Occupational Therapist


"I found this course very enlightening, interesting and beneficial to my practice as a community health nurse. I now look forward to with more confidence, practising CBT with patients with psychosis … Thoroughly enjoyed the course, well presented. Look forward to future courses."

C. Connolly, Community Psychiatric Nurse


"It is an excellent thought provoking and thought generating course, which I will recommend to all staff working in psychiatric services."

Dr P Zikis, Consultant Psychiatrist


"The course was excellent. Just the right amount of material for time available. Good balance of presentations/group work. I feel much more confident now in talking about delusions and voices with my patients and hope to, with supervision, practice therapeutic interventions."

Aileen Smith, Community Drugs Worker


"I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 days, it's been the most positive learning I have experienced for years. Hopefully I will be able to continue to try and incorporate some of the learning into my present involvement with psychotic patients."

Heather Fox, Social Worker


"Again, an absolutely superb course, well presented and produced; factually comprehensive and backed up well with evidence. The tutor has a wonderful way of putting across complex information in a relaxed easy manner that keeps you interested in the work. The best course I have attended. The theory translated into practice very easily and I shall be looking forward to introducing this to the ward as a working model."

Phil Harding, RMN


"Useful, stimulating, flexible towards students' needs. Intellectually provocative."

Jane Pover, Lecturer


"I found the course very beneficial as a means of helping patients and myself deal with delusional material."

Adele Thompson,. Senior Staff Nurse


"The course was excellent. Delivered at just the correct pace and level by an excellent trainer. I would strongly recommend it to others."

Susanne Forrest, Senior Lecturer


"Very enjoyable course. Excellent tutor, very relevant to my day to day work. I will fell much more confident in my work."

Anne C Dunn, ENM


"I fell I have learned an enormous amount of information which will be useful to me for years to come. Wiliam was an excellent tutor, he has a brilliant skill of using examples from everyday life to illustrate difficult information which made it much easier to understand. I now feel a lot more confident to use my skills in my workplace to the benefit of the clients."

Rhiannan Jefferies, Assistant psychologist


"Provided an excellent opportunity to reassess and develop skills needed to promote effective 'doable' change. Very enlightening and well presented."

Mark Combes, RMN


"A most informative course which balanced theoretical evidence and practical/role play exercises."

Andrew John, Staff Nurse


"I found the course very enjoyable and also beneficial. Gave a lot of helpful ideas and food for thought. … I would definitely attend more courses like this. Good mixture of teaching techniques used – kept us engaged throughout. Very interesting discussions and questions answered thoughtfully."

Julia Wollatt, Assistant Psychologist


"Thank you for this extremely interesting course. It had a variety of material, the time passed too quickly … I found going over the previous days work very helpful. The videos made the material and people very much alive and realistic. Thank you for opening my eyes and I will keep going."

Gertrude De Oliveira, Occupational Therapist


"Excellent course leader and teaching style – I'm inspired! … Very useful course and encouraging for me to put it into practice. I find role plays very useful, handbook good and practical."

Laura Forrest, SHO in Forensic Psychiatry


"This course will be of great help in my role as a community psychiatric nurse. It has enabled me to understand and appreciate how CBT techniques can help patients."

Kudzai Nyamande, CPN


"Excellent 3 days in which the originally frightening terminology was clearly explained, relevant to my job and able to be implemented in my role. The course was continually stimulating and with no room to misinterpret or not understand as frequent checks to ensure the level and pace both appropriate and comprehended. A lively and interesting tutor/presenter who used and discussed real cases making for lively debate!!"

Lynne Bennett, Senior Nurse


"Very user friendly course with good dialogue between tutor and attendees."

Graham White, CPN


"The tutor managed to hold my attention for 3 days – quite an achievement. An excellent presenter and excellent course. Made very good use of case material, handouts and DVD. Very stimulating 3 days – lots of creative ideas."

Peter Thorne, Consultant Clinical Psychologist


"Excellent. Stimulating, fun and learned a great deal."

Phil Kelly, Nurse


"CBT with Psychosis should be intrinsic to the development and practice of social work. I have a number of clients on my case load with psychosis who would have had a better outcome in terms of response to treatment. I intend to use the skills and strategies in my practice from now on."

Janice Bain, Approved Social Worker


"Again a very interesting and relevant module for my professional practice. I feel the contents of the module are very relevant to my area of speciality and will fit in with the developing service. I feel I will also be able to share this knowledge with members of my current team for the benefit of the team experience, knowledge and skills building."

Cheryl Collins, Deputy Manager


"Excellent content and presentation. The course was very relevant to myself and of obvious benefit to clients of the service. Very easy to apply to practice what was presented and, of importance, evidence based."

Sarah-Jane Ford, Case Manager


"A really useful course – good, practical ideas and an encouraging, supportive style of teaching."

Cathy Scholes, Clinical Psychologist


"Very interesting and useful course. Many of the techniques feel as though they will be beneficial in everyday interactions and I hope to be able to practice and develop these."

Sara Howarth, Social Worker


"I enjoyed the course and look forward to using what I have learnt in my practice."

Maureen Kelly, Nurse, RMN


"Enjoyed and indeed benefited from the course. Well structured and presented. Will endeavour to apply as best as is possible what has been learnt to the ward environment. Will discuss with fellow team members and liaise with them how best to develop this upon the ward and with the clients that are received."

Graham Matthews, Senior Nurse


"The course was well presented and very relevant to my line of employment. I fully enjoyed the course and found the group work informative and allowed me to develop further skills which can be used to help the clients I come into contact with."

Patricia Rosser, Senior Nurse


"CBT with Psychosis should be intrinsic to the development and practice of social work. I have a number of clients on my case load with psychosis who would have had a better outcome in terms of response to treatment. I intend to use the skills and strategies in my practice from now on."

Janice Bain, Approved Social Worker


"Again a very interesting and relevant module for my professional practice. I feel the contents of the module are very relevant to my area of speciality and will fit in with the developing service. I feel I will also be able to share this knowledge with members of my current team for the benefit of the team experience, knowledge and skills building."

Cheryl Collins, Deputy Manager


"Excellent content and presentation. The course was very relevant to myself and of obvious benefit to clients of the service. Very easy to apply to practice what was presented and, of importance, evidence based."

Sarah-Jane Ford, Case Manager


"A really useful course – good, practical ideas and an encouraging, supportive style of teaching."

Cathy Scholes, Clinical Psychologist


"Super, spiffing, brilliant! … Very relevant to CMHT working. Powerful stuff – the service users deserve all staff to have had this training."

Tom Joyce, CPN


"Very interesting and useful course. Many of the techniques feel as though they will be beneficial in everyday interactions and I hope to be able to practice and develop these."

Sara Howarth, Social Worker


"I enjoyed the course and look forward to using what I have learnt in my practice."

Maureen Kelly, Nurse, RMN


"Enjoyed and indeed benefited from the course. Well structured and presented. Will endeavour to apply as best as is possible what has been learnt to the ward environment. Will discuss with fellow team members and liaise with them how best to develop this upon the ward and with the clients that are received."

Graham Matthews, Senior Nurse


"Intoxicating, exciting … Left me wanting more! A valuable tool for working with people. Beautifully presented by a skilled empathic clinician."

Jannine Daniel, Social Worker


"The course was well presented and very relevant to my line of employment. I fully enjoyed the course and found the group work informative and allowed me to develop further skills which can be used to help the clients I come into contact with."

Patricia Rosser, Senior Nurse



Working with Psychosis, Module 2

Working with Psychosis (Course 2): Assessment, Formulation, and Helping Strategies.

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

This course is for professionals involved in formal one-to-one therapy with patients who are prone to episodes of psychosis and covers how to plan and deliver individually tailored programmes of therapy to treat delusions and hallucinations. It views CBT as having a complementary relationship with medication. It is important that all but the very most skilled practitioners attend Module One before attending this module.

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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: 97%

Average Relevance rating: 96%



*These statistics were last updated in April 2017.