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Older people Courses

Training for professionals working in Older People's Mental Health.

Many courses that we provide are applicable to older adults and, when commissioned by an older adult service, are tutored by one of our older-adult specialists. The following additional courses are solely for those working with older people. We bring the training to your own organisation for a fixed all-inclusive fee, no matter where you are, and all of the courses are accredited by APT (The Association for Psychological Therapies) - one of the UK's leading providers of mental health training.

Older People: Key Knowledge and Skills for Providing Effective Support

Older People: Key Knowledge and Skills for Providing Effective Support.

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

There are certain things that everyone working in this area 'really should know'. This course covers them.

This course is designed for professionals who work daily with older adults and, as the title suggests, it is designed to impart the very most important knowledge and skills for doing so. It therefore covers person centred care, the National Service Framework for older adults, matching professional with service user, and, above all, how physical health, mental health, the environment and behaviour all interact.

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Dementia and Strokes

Dementia and Strokes: Key Knowledge and Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention.

3 days of training, covering respectively: neuroanatomy, dementia, and strokes. You can attend any one, two, or all three days.

Acquired brain damage is a potentially severe condition at any age, and especially so for older people. It is therefore vital that professionals know the best interventions.

This course examines acquired brain damage in older adults, the effect it can have and what can most usefully be done about it. It therefore covers neuro-anatomy and medical intervention but its prime focus is on psychological treatment methods and, to this end, utilises case studies and practice of the relevant methods.

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Older People and Depression

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

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

Some older people really do have a lot to be depressed about, and it is difficult to know how to help. This course shows how.

This course covers the psychological treatment of depression in older adults, leaning heavily on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques such as diary keeping and guided discovery, scheduling and de-scheduling, IPT based techniques including how to address bereavement, change in role, isolation and disputes, and biological factors such as lack of it, sleep, diet etc. Overall it aims to produce competence in helping depressed older adults.

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Warm and Effective Management of Challenging Behaviour in Older People

Warm and Effective Management of Challenging Behaviour in Older People, using non-physical techniques only.

A 2-day course.

Violence and aggression are extremely unpleasant and worrying for most people, whether or not it comes from older people. We therefore want to feel able to deal with it if the need arises. Moreover most organisations realise their responsibility in equipping their workforce with appropriate training.

The problem arises in just how to deal with it. Naturally most people don't want to 'meet fire with fire' - to become aggressive and violent themselves. The need is therefore for non physical techniques that are powerful and effective. It is to meet that need that this course was developed. Since its inception, tens of thousands of professionals have attended, either directly through APT or indirectly, whether they work with young people, adults, or older people. This is the version for professionals working with older people.

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Older People Diploma

The APT Diploma for Working with Older People.

96 hours.

The APT Diploma in Working with Older People provides 96 hours of training over 12 months. We bring all the modules to you for a fixed fee, to eliminate travel and expenses costs, and to ensure you get a supportive group addressing the same material.

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