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Children and Adolescents diploma

The APT Diploma for working in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.

The APT Diploma in Child & Adolescent Mental Health provides 90 hours (or more) of focused training and is from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of training for professionals working in mental health and related areas in the UK and Ireland.

It is the only Child & Adolescent Mental Health Diploma 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 and individuals and can be attended face-to-face or online.

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Executive Summary:

The APT Diploma in Child & Adolescent Mental Health provides 90 hour (or more) of training, leading to Level 4 APT accreditation. Attend the diploma as an individual or we can bring the training to you for a fixed fee, to ensure you get a supportive group addressing the same material.

The diploma comprises at least 15 days of training made up by attending your chosen courses from the list below (e.g. five 3-day courses). If you are part of a team then your team/organisation chooses the courses and you then all attend the same ones:

*  Course also available for individuals and whole teams to attend 'online anytime'.
^  Course also available for individuals to attend 'online live'.

To be awarded the diploma, you must also complete an online exam after each course.

If you have already attended one or more of these courses in the last 2 years, then you have an exemption for that subject(s), you don't need to attend the same course again. If you have already attended the equivalent of one or more of these courses from another training-provider in the last 2 years, then again you have an exemption for that subject(s), although you do need to submit evidence of the training and pay a reading fee for APT assessing it.

Please note that the diploma should be completed in not more than 2 years from the date you undertake the first course.

The Diploma can also be awarded by completing the individual courses separately, across 2 years.

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining The APT Diploma for working in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, and receive a certificate to this effect and Level 4 accreditation which gains you access to the resources associated with the course.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation to use the resources lasts for 3 years and is renewable by attending a Masterclass top-up day or submitting evidence of continued practice, and your reflections on that practice (to the required level).

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 150,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

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Booking Options...

 for individuals or small groups

 for teams and organisations

For individuals or small groups:

Option 1: Online Live course:

Live events hosted online via Zoom. (And you don’t even have to have your own Zoom account.)

Live and interactive online courses, ask questions, make your observations, ‘Chat’ to other delegates. Open for you to attend from your home or workplace. Select the dates you would like to attend for 5 out of the 8 courses below. (If you would like to purchase the courses individually, please book them through the individual course pages by clicking the blue headings):

DBT for Adolescents (DBT-A)  3-days

  22-24 April 2024 (Afternoon/Evening Times) Fully Booked
  22-24 April 2024 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  9-11 September 2024
  10-12 March 2025
  23-25 April 2025 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  1-3 September 2025

Running DBT Skills-Development Groups  3-days

  1-3 May 2024 Fully Booked
  5-7 June 2024 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  1-3 July 2024
  7-9 October 2024
  18-20 November 2024 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  27-29 January 2025
  19-21 May 2025
  9-11 June 2025 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  13-15 October 2025

The Assessment & Risk Assessment of Children & Adolescents in Crisis™  3-days

  15-17 May 2024

Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), for all ages  3-days

  24-26 April 2024 Fully Booked
  5-7 August 2024
  4-6 December 2024
  5-7 March 2025
  4-6 August 2025

Attachment in Practice™  3-days

  14-16 May 2024
  12-14 November 2024
  14-16 May 2025

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Repairing the Damage™  3-days

  20-22 May 2024
  14-16 October 2024
  6-8 May 2025
  15-17 October 2025

SFT Essentials (Solution-Focused Therapy)  3-days

  19-21 June 2024
  17-19 September 2024
  5-7 February 2025
  18-20 June 2025
  15-17 September 2025

CBT Plus, with ADHD: intervention across the ages, from children to adults  3-days

  15-17 April 2024 Fully Booked
  15-17 April 2024
  21-23 May 2024
  2-4 October 2024
  1-3 April 2025
  1-3 October 2025

Price: £2,400 plus VAT per person. The fee covers: tuition, hardcopy workbook*, certification, registration, and accreditation. Times: 10am - 4pm (UK) daily, including 45 minutes for lunch (3pm–9pm for afternoon/evening events).

*PDF workbooks are sent to those outside of the UK.

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For teams and organisations:

Option 1: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live and interactive online course, delivered via Zoom or Teams* exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price: £4,790* plus VAT per 3-day course, £3,460* plus VAT per 2-day course and £1,980* plus VAT per 1-day course, for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £105 plus VAT per person per day.  (A minimum of 15-days training needs to be selected for the Diploma.)

(Workbooks for every delegate are included, however  if you require workbooks being sent to more than one location, there is an extra charge of £10 per extra address, per course).

*We standardly deliver courses via Zoom (which is recommended). If you would prefer to use Microsoft Teams, there is an additional charge of £100 plus VAT per day.

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Option 2: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

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

Price: £7,180 plus VAT per 3-day course, £5,180 plus VAT per 2-day course and £2,720 plus VAT per 1-day course, for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £160 plus VAT per person per day. (A minimum of 15-days training needs to be selected for the Diploma.)

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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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 each time you run it or your chosen modules (50% of the 'Online Live and Exclusive' fee, regardless of whether the course is held Face-to-Face or Online).

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 150,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

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Developmental Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Repairing the Damage™  ❯

Assessing Adolescents in Crisis  ❯

Trauma-Focused CBT, for all ages  ❯

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