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Children and Adolescent Courses

Autism Informed Training.

The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) is a leading provider of post qualification training for professionals working in mental health, and offers the following courses which, while not directly about 'interventions for autism' may well be of interest to professionals working with autism. We can bring any of these training courses to your place of work and train a group of professionals for a fixed all-inclusive fee, no matter where you are. All of the training is accredited by APT and delegates receive the relevant level of APT accreditation.

Autism Awareness Training

Autism Awareness.

A half-day course.

This short course is designed to raise your knowledge and awareness of the importance of autism and inform you about some of the key questions. Specifically:

• Why is it important to know about autism?

• How many young people have autism?

• What effect does autism have on the person living with it?

• What effect does autism have on friends and family?

• What causes autism?

• What happens for the person living with autism as they grow older?

• What are the most helpful responses we can make?

• What other help is available for those living with autism, and their families?

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Repairing the Damage

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Repairing the Damage™

A 3-day course.

For whole teams working with young people who have been through experiences which are by any standards 'damaging'.

Some children - and adults - who have been through difficult or traumatic experiences are referred to as 'damaged'. It's an unpleasant word but can, unfortunately, be an apt one. The damage can take various forms but usually results in changes in the deepest parts of the brain, resulting in effects which are behavioral, cognitive, biological, social and emotional. Examples include: aggressive behaviour, withdrawal, poor self esteem, hostility to others, lack of interest in activities, disturbed sleep and appetite, sadness, anxiety or anger problems, and poor relationships. Although this is a disturbing list there are many children who exhibit most or all of these as a complete 'package' of apparently self-perpetuating – and worsening - problems, resistant to repeated intervention and thereby the cause of great frustration to professionals. The aim of this course is to repair the damage and so avoid those consequences.

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Working with Extremely Traumatised Young People

Working with Extremely Traumatised Young People.

A 10-day course (five 2-day modules).

The impact of childhood traumas can damage physical and mental health, behaviour, and openness to accepting help from others.

This 5-course, 10 day APT-diploma covers the components necessary for professionals and carers to understand this phenomenon, and to interact and intervene effectively. It does so by integrating five 2-day courses to cover the key spectrum from risk assessment and management, right through to understanding the effect of unprocessed trauma and effective ways of processing it. You can alternatively commission just one, two, or more of the 2-day components if you wish.

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The Assessment and Risk Assessment of Children and Adolescents in Crisis

The Assessment and Risk Assessment of Children & Adolescents in Crisis™

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

Using existing clinical skills and Davies's structured interview.

Assessing adolescents and children in crisis settings often causes professionals a lot of concern. They wonder whether they have the necessary skills, they are concerned about the potential volatility of the situation, they are unfamiliar with having another adult (the parent) present and concerned, they are not sure about consent and confidentiality issues, and they are not completely sure what their role is: assessment, risk-assessment, management, or what?

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The RAID<sup>®</sup> Course

The RAID® Course for working with Disturbed and Challenging Behaviour.

A 3-day course.

A relentlessly positive approach to working with disturbed and challenging behaviour.

The 3-day RAID® course is the UK’s leading positive psychology approach for tackling disturbed and challenging behaviour at source: over 20,000 professionals have attended it. It is a comprehensive approach which teaches staff a philosophy and practice not only to deal with disturbed and challenging behaviour when it occurs, but also to prevent it by tackling it at source. Staff feel pleased to share a unified system and to know what they are doing and why they are doing it, while clients delight in a relentlessly positive and empowering approach. The essence of the RAID® approach is to play down disturbed and challenging behaviour as far as safety allows, and to nurture and develop positive behaviour so that it systematically overwhelms and displaces the disturbed and challenging behaviour.

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Attachment in Practice

Attachment in Practice™

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

How to intervene effectively to help children with attachment disorder, and their parents or carers.

This course aims to teach you about Attachment Disorder, where it comes from, what effects it may have on children and young people, and how to work to reduce those effects and underlying attachment disorder. It therefore covers parenting designed to increase attachment, and working with foster carers, and also gives you the chance to conceptualise your own caseload in relation to these ideas.

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The APT Diploma in Working with Children and Adolescents

The APT Diploma in Working with Children & Adolescents.

120 hours.

The APT Diploma in Working with Children and Adolescents provides you with 120 hours of training over 12 months. We bring all the modules to you for a fixed fee, to ensure you get a supportive group addressing the same material. The course covers all of the below courses.

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