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The Stages of Change Course

Using the Stages of Change model in clinical practice.

A 2-day course.

The reason we created this 2-day course is that the Stages of Change model provides such an insightful framework for recognising 'what stage people are at' when they are experiencing problems. The importance of this is that it guides us in deciding what approach we should adopt, and so avoids a lot of frustration and wasted time, both for the professional and the client. This is relevant whether working with substance misuse, health problems such as over weight, or 'traditional' mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.

APT is the UK's leading independent provider of training in the Stages of Change model and in the related subject of Motivational Interviewing.

Executive Summary:

Prochaska, Norcross and DiClemente describe the Stages of Change through which people progress if they are to change their behaviour or emotional responses. Being unaware of those stages, or being unable to identify which stage a person is at and what response you might best make, causes frustration for all concerned. The professional may think the client is being deliberately difficult, and the client may feel that the professional is unempathic and ineffective.

This 2-day course therefore introduces professionals to the stages of change model in a way they can apply it effectively in their own clinical practice.

We bring this APT-Accredited course to your own organisation and train a group of 6-15 people, or you or your colleagues may be able to be trained to roll out the course in your organisation under license.

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Who should attend?

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

1. Groups of professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to become proficient in recognising and applying the stages of change.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a unified level of proficiency in the stages of change model.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers and others working in a variety of settings including: Substance Misuse, Forensic, Adult Mental Health, and Children & Adolescents.

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What this course will do for you. You will ...

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: We come and run the course in your organisation:

We bring this course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee and up to 15 people can attend. You can organise as many courses as you need, to cover the numbers you want to train.

The fee for the 2-day course is £3,050 plus VAT, inclusive.

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.

Quick Links


Motivational Interviewing  ❯


Motivational Interviewing and how to use it effectively  ❯


Motivational Interviewing & The Stages of Change  ❯


Using The Stages of Change Model in Clinical Practice  ❯

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: 99%*

Average Relevance rating: 97%*



*This is a new course, these statistics were last updated in April 2017 and are taken from the Motivational Interviewing & The Stages of Change course.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the course has received.*

"Brilliant. Approachable, clear, kept me motivated for 3 days (an impossibility!). Best course I've been on in 18 years on the job."

"I feel that this has been the best training course I have been on so far in my professional career in terms of its relevance to my current practice and enhancement of my existing skills."

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*This is a new course, the written feedback here is taken from the Motivational Interviewing & The Stages of Change course.