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Working with Offenders training

A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders.

'A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders' is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited courses for professionals working in mental health and related areas in the UK and Ireland.

It is the only 'CBT approach to working with offenders' training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course. The course is available for teams/organisations and can be attended face-to-face or online. (2-day version also available.)

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Executive Summary:

A CBT Approach to Working with Offenders gives a clear framework in which to analyse and work with most offenders. It is an approach that is increasingly being recognised as giving very good results when well delivered.

An underlying principle is that the offenders' behaviour (like that of everyone) depends largely upon a certain amount of thought processes and certain other behaviours. If we can change those thought processes and behaviours we can usually also change the offending.

This course aims to provide those working with offenders with sufficient knowledge of a cognitive approach to enable them to apply it safely to their caseload.

The course covers:

The definition and nature of a cognitive approach. The history of the approach and how this helps us today. What cognitive means, and why this is important. Dysfunctional thinking. The cognitive model, the importance of well developed clinical skills and how these apply.

The core of the cognitive model: the concepts of triggers for offending, and how one can teach people to see them differently. The idea of inhibitions and how they can be activated; the idea of 'mitigating the response' to at least reduce the offending. How to analyse your own clients in these terms.

How early experience can result in dysfunctional attitudes, beliefs and rules, leading to unhelpful perceptions of events. Possible courses of action and the likely outcomes. How to work with such attitudes, beliefs and rules to produce an equally all-persuasive beneficial effect.

The concept of mood and how it influences nearly every stage of the cognitive model. How, therefore, if we can alter the persons mood we can have far reaching effects on their thinking and behaviour. The major determinants of mood, and how to work with them. How producing a more stable mood can be very important when working with violent offenders.

'How to do' a cognitive approach, once you have understood the theory. Why the quality of relationship is so important in the cognitive approach, and how to use it for everyone's benefit. The major dangers of a poorly implemented cognitive approach and, especially, how it can make matters worse rather than better.

Socratic questioning and guided discovery. The AFEAD acronym. Logical errors and 'bald' statements. Why you never challenge a person, only their thinking. How to do that: short term appraisals and long term attitudes, belief and rules.

Positive self-talk and the 'Be your own best friend' technique. Strengths and drawbacks with these.

Specific techniques such as empathy induction: why developing victim empathy is so important. How to do it.

Structuring sessions with individuals. Why it is important to have a standard structure and how to use it.

How to capitalise on the course afterwards.

A cognitive self-test of your learning.

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 and access to the online exam if you wish to uprate your APT accreditation to Level 2.

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.

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For teams and organisations:


Option 1: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee.

Price (3-day version): £4,495 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £300 plus VAT per person. 

Price (2-day version): £3,330 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £200 plus VAT per person.

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live, interactive online course exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price (3-day version): £3,870 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (workbooks for every delegate are included in this price - if you require workbooks being sent to more than one location, there is an extra charge of £5 per extra address). Extra delegates £240 plus VAT per person. 

Price (2-day version): £2,850 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (workbooks for every delegate are included in this price - if you require workbooks being sent to more than one location, there is an extra charge of £5 per extra address). Extra delegates £160 plus VAT per person.

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Option 3: '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.

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For individuals or small groups:

This course is currently only available for teams/organisations. Please register your interest below if you want to attend this course as an individual and we will notify you when it becomes available.

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Downloadable information sheet:

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NICE guidelines relevant to this course:

Mental Health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system (NG66)  ❯


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 ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 91%

Average Relevance rating: 88%



*These statistics were last updated in November 2019.

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 Anxiety, Stress and Worry' course has received.

"A most informative and worthwhile two days. All work covered was relevant to my work with young offenders. The tutor made it an interesting, attention-holding experience.”

"The course has probably been one of the most useful I have been on. I enjoyed all of the sessions and will undoubtedly be able to put all of what we covered into practice. Thank you for all your efforts, it is much appreciated."

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