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The Essentials Series

The Essentials Series - concentrated coverage of key techniques.

Training in the latest evidence-based techniques that enables and encourages delegates to use them in their practice. All of the courses are accredited by APT (The Association for Psychological Therapies) and we can bring any (or all) of the courses to your own organisation for a fixed all-inclusive fee, no matter where you are in the UK or Ireland.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental health and mental illness: an overview.

A 1-day course (half day version also available).

This course is designed to give a thorough overview of the key issues in mental health and mental illness.

As such it covers (a) the major diagnoses in mental illness; (b) the principles underlying helpful interactions with people when they are having mental health problems; (c) an overview of the major treatment approaches and ways of maintaining mental health; and (d) how the material covered meshes with the workplace of the delegates.

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DBT Essentials

DBT Essentials.

A 3-day course.

Instruction in the key components of DBT for those who want to add them to their repertoire without necessarily becoming 'a DBT therapist'.

DBT brings together a series of skills and techniques which are powerful and well chosen ones, for working with personality disorder as well as in other areas. Many people want to familiarise themselves with these skills without necessarily becoming a DBT therapist exclusively, and this 3-day course is for you if you are one of those people as well as if you are thinking of taking the first step in becoming a DBT therapist. As well as covering the 'overall concept of DBT', it covers its 'essential elements', namely the concepts of: Validation; Metaphor; Relentless Problem Solving; and Contingency Management, and the skills of: Mindfulness; Distress Tolerance; Interpersonal Effectiveness; and Emotional Regulation.

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CBT Essentials

CBT Essentials.

A 3-day course.

The UK's favourite introduction to this powerful, evidence-based technique. 

Now in its latest form this course has introduced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to thousands of people in the UK ever since 1983. It addresses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a way that you can use after the course. It covers: the history and meaning of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, conceptualising cases in CBT terms, the format of a standard CBT session, and the most important CBT techniques. All in a way that applies it constantly to practical examples.

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ACT Essentials

ACT Essentials (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy).

A 3-day course.

'Once in a while there is a unique contribution to psychotherapy.'

ACT adopts a new strategy that moves away from the 'rational strategies of behaviour and thought change' that many people have tried and failed with. Focusing mainly on how people understand and perpetuate their difficulties through language, ACT concentrates on exciting interventions based on metaphor and paradox, with experiential exercises to show how to break free of language traps, overcome common behavioural problems and enhance life satisfaction.

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Motivational Interviewing and The Stages of Change

Motivational Interviewing and The Stages of Change.

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

The powerful system for having people acknowledge and do something about their problems.

One of APT's 'big courses' this course aims to introduce you to Miller and Rollnick's Motivational Interviewing and Prochaska and DiClemente's Stages of Change in a systematic way that you can easily apply. One of our most popular courses, it shows how to motivate the unmotivated, give everyone a chance to reflect on their situation and how they want to progress, and help them to achieve and maintain exactly that.

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BSFT Essentials

SFT Essentials (Solution-Focused Therapy).

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

An approach to problems that is fundamentally positive and comes as a breath of fresh air to professionals and clients alike.

Another of APT's top courses, this aims to introduce you to the principles of SFT in a way that gives you a firm grasp of them and enables you to use them in a safe and helpful way. You should become at home with the approach which is often seen as a 'breath of fresh air' both to client and professional, looking for and finding effective solutions for problems, rather than being sucked further and further into the problem itself.

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CFT Essentials

CFT Essentials (Compassion Focused Therapy).

A 3-day course.

An exposition on Compassion Focused Therapy, in a way that enables and encourages delegates to use it in their practice.

Although compassion focused therapy is delivered compassionately, its main focus is to encourage patients to be compassionate towards themselves. This is achieved by (a) specific techniques and approaches we cover on the course and (b) by educating patients about what happens in the brain so they realise that their emotions, behaviours, thoughts and fantasies are not their 'fault', and yet they can take certain actions to make things better for themselves (which we also cover). This is a course for people who do not want to be exclusively “a compassion focused therapist” but DO want to know all about compassion focused therapy in order to build CFT ideas and techniques into their clinical repertoire. It therefore covers both the theory and the skills of CFT in a way they can be applied immediately.

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IPT Essentials

IPT Essentials (Interpersonal PsychoTherapy).

A 3-day course.

An exposition on Interpersonal PsychoTherapy, in a way that enables and encourages delegates to use it in their practice.

Interpersonal psychotherapy is a brief psychological therapy for depression, which has now been applied to other areas of mental health. Its goals are simple and practical, namely to reduce symptomatology and to improve social functioning. Interpersonal psychotherapy is recommended in NICE guidelines, notably for the treatment of depression. This is only as it should be because IPT hit the headlines as long ago as 1989 in Elkin et al's massive NIMH study which demonstrated the IPT was the only psychological therapy to effect severe depression (in spite of the inclusion of CBT in the study). On spite of this, and in spite of its strong evidence base, IPT is not as widely practiced as perhaps it should be.

This course therefore focuses primarily on teaching delegates how to deliver IPT or, more precisely, how to incorporate the ideas and methods of IPT into their practice, to the degree they wish to. It also covers a little on the background and the evidence base, but its prime focus is to familiarise mental health practitioners with the ideas and methods of IPT.

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SFT Essentials

SFCT Essentials (Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy).

A 3-day course.

To identify people's key schemas is as close as we get to finding 'what makes a person tick'.

A schema is a package of behaviour, biology, emotion and cognitions, which all fire off when triggered by the right stimulus. So if someone has a strong schema of 'mistrust', this will easily be triggered in situations which may not warrant mistrust. This will have unfortunate results for their relationships and more; a person's mistrusting behaviour is not good to receive. The course is about (a) how to identify the schemas that people have, and (b) how to intervene to modify those schemas to the benefit of everyone.

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BCT Essentials

BCT Essentials (Behavioural Couples Therapy).

A 3-day course.

There is a long history, stretching back at least to the 1970s, of therapists working on couples' relationships, and using a behavioural approach in doing so; this is what one might term traditional BCT. There is a current vogue for IAPT services to address 'couples therapy', although the word 'behavioural' doesn't feature in that. Behavioral Couples Therapy – what this course covers - is an approach described by O'Farrell and Fals-Stewart in their book of that title, and deals specifically with BCT as it relates to substance misuse. The NICE guidelines commend BCT as an intervention for substance misuse.

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