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Children and Adolescent Courses

Children and Young People’s Mental Health:
Training for professionals working in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.

Many courses that we provide are applicable to working with children and adolescents and, when commissioned by a child and adolescent service, are tutored by one of our child and adolescent specialists. The following additional courses are solely for those working with children and young people, or frequently commissioned by services for children and young people. We bring the training to your own organisation for a fixed all-inclusive fee, no matter where you are, and all of the courses are accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) - one of the UK's leading providers of training in mental health and related areas.

DBT-A Training

DBT-A: DBT for Adolescents.

A 3-day course.

Instruction in the key components of DBT for those who want to apply DBT to working with adolescents.

DBT brings together a series of skills and techniques which are powerful and well chosen ones, and DBT-A focuses it on working with adolescents. Whether you want to simply learn about DBT and how to apply it effectively, or are thinking of establishing a full DBT service, this course has it covered. The course covers the delivery of effective DBT at its most relevant for adolescents, including: confusion about self, impulsivity, lack of emotional control, interpersonal problems, family problems and dilemmas, high risk behaviours, including suicidal behaviour and non-suicidal self-injury.

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Repairing the Damage

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

A 3-day course.

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

Adverse childhood experiences may result 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 problems, resistant to repeated intervention and so 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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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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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 Effective Treatment of Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

The Effective Treatment of Anxiety in Children & Adolescents.

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

Anxiety is the major mental health problem facing young people and it has serious short and long term consequences, so it is imperative we can respond to it effectively.

This is such an important topic for several reasons: first, its prevalence, anxiety is the single most common mental health problem in children and adolescents; second, the huge impairment it makes to the quality of life of the child and the child's family; third, the impairment to functioning in terms of concentration and exam performance; fourth, the long term consequences in terms of the schemas that are created by the child about him or herself and about those around them.

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Trauma-Focused CBT

TF-CBT: Trauma-Focused CBT for Children and Families.

A 3-day course.

This course aims at addressing the needs of children and adolescents with PTSD and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. Research suggests that TF-CBT is effective in helping children who have experienced traumatic events.

TF-CBT includes a range of interventions, including Psychoeducation, Parenting skills, Relaxation, Developing a helpful narrative of the traumatic event, Conjoint parent-child sessions, and Enhancing safety and future development. Its overall aim is to apply relevant CBT techniques to help the young person while maintaining a therapeutic relationship with the parents as well. It typically covers a dozen or so sessions. It is not normally used where the young person's trauma has been caused by the parents.

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ADHD: Key Knowledge and Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention

ADHD: Key Knowledge & Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention.

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

Powerful psychosocial interventions to help young people and those around them.

ADHD has become an increasingly common diagnosis in recent years and is one that can cause confusion and concern in parents and carers. They may already be 'at their wits end' in terms of responding to disruptive behavior and can then be confronted with entrenched viewpoints about whether medical or psychosocial interventions are most effective – and even which ones are morally 'right'. This course aims to take a dispassionate view of the nature of ADHD and details what effective psychosocial interventions are available to benefit both young people involved and also those looking after them.

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RAID Online Exam

RAID-P: The RAID® Course for Parenting.

A 3-day course.

RAID-P is an excitingly positive approach to parenting. 

It is based on the UK’s leading positive approach for working with disturbed behaviour which over 20,000 professionals have attended so applies across the board, no matter whether we are helping the parenting of disturbed young peeople or not, it is designed to nurture and develop young people to their best. It is primarily designed for mental health professionals, so you can teach parents a clear, consistent and positive approach or, if you are a professional caregiver, to provide it directly.

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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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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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Exposure Therapy

Exposure Therapy.

A 1-day course.

This is a 1-day input designed for mental health professionals.

The course covers how to apply exposure therapy – especially graded exposure – and what conditions it works well for. It also covers the pitfalls to avoid, and the conditions it usually doesn’t work well for. Those who attend the course receive a certificate to verify the fact, and accreditation that allows them access to any resources associated with the course.

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