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CBT for Anger and Violence training

CBT for Anger and Violence.

CBT for Anger and Violence training is an APT-Accredited 3-day course from one of the UK's leading providers of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training courses. We bring the training to your own organisation, for maximum cost-effectiveness, and up to 15 people can attend. (2-day version also available.)

Executive Summary:

Being irritable and angry is remarkably common, and can devastate the sufferer's life in terms of broken relationships, employment, general enjoyment, and sometimes, criminal conviction. It can be a complicated area with a range of variations, and this course aims to give a comprehensive CBT solution. The course is written by William Davies, author of the bestselling Overcoming Anger and Irritability book (Constable & Robinson) and parallels it to a degree.

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The aims of the course:

The course aims to provide you with a good understanding of the causes and maintaining factors for irritability and anger, and the necessary range of CBT techniques to produce an effective intervention.

The course covers:

A clear theoretical model: the interplay between the "primitive brain" (the limbic system and cerebellum) and the "rational brain" (the cerebrum). This is a model which "hits the nail on the head" for many people who regularly experience anger and irritability. They can readily imagine the neurological processes described, happening inside their own heads.

The number of case examples is very well received. Examples range from the relatively trivial (irritation at someone leaving a door open near a draught) to the tragic (a man getting so angry with his wife that he murders her in a fit of rage). This means that you are able to identify with a number of the examples and clinicians report using Overcoming Anger and Irritability as a standard text in treating anger and irritability.

It is against the background of having a clear theoretical model and a number of case examples that the techniques are discussed. The interventions described are explicitly based on cognitive behavioural therapy and, therefore, in line with modern CBT will be grouped under the following headings:

Cognitive. For example "attribution of intent". This is where, when you find that something that somebody does is irritating, you "attribute intent" to that person. In other words, you think they are doing it deliberately to annoy you. Or, in a slightly milder version, simply not caring whether it annoys you or not. Most of the major interventions on this course are cognitive ones.

Behavioural. The simple expedient of counting to ten, mentioned above, is a good example of a behavioural intervention. There are much bigger and better behavioural interventions also; ones which aim at producing a fundamentally less irritable person (rather than a simple expedient to deal with irritability when it occurs).

Environmental. Some environments invite displays of anger. For example, someone who frequently got into fights in his local (rough) pub attempted to remedy this by frequenting a pub that was 5 miles away and had a much more relaxed atmosphere. Most situations that cause irritability or anger have an environmental option as one possible solution.

Social. For example refraining from mixing with people who encourage you to display your anger (get into fights) or, at a lower level, avoiding people who irritate you. (It is not always the case that the irritated person is "irritable", sometimes the other person really is "irritating").

Emotions. Emotions such as depression make one more likely to be irritable, and therefore need to be tackled head on. Relaxed and happy people tend not to be irritable.


The CBT for Anger and Violence course comprises of a clear theoretical description of how anger and irritability come about, followed by case examples, and then by relevant interventions for remedying the problem, and is intended for all professionals working with this widespread and destructive problem.

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.

Booking this training is easy.

Option 1: Bring the course to your organisation:

Up to 15 people can attend this course and we bring it to you for an all-inclusive fee. The 3-day course costs £4,495 plus VAT, and the 2-day version costs £3,330 plus VAT.

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.

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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 eight runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 93%

Average Relevance rating: 92%

*These statistics were last updated in September 2018.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the 'CBT for Anger and Violence' course has received.

"Fabulous course and exceptional delivery. Thoroughly enjoyed how the course was delivered. Content fantastic and handout material far beyond my expectations. Can't wait to attend more to develop my professional career, found really useful in my role with extremely challenging families and can't wait to put techniques into practice.”

"Awesome would describe this course. Has a brilliant wow factor. So much good information and discussion during these two days. The tutor was incredible, somebody who imparts knowledge and helpful skills so readily and easily. I most certainly will be using this course in my daily practice and for the benefit of the mental health population I work with.”

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