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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 Damage1™

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

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, for Children and Adolescents.

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 2-day course.

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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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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Mental Health Awareness for Teachers

Mental Health Awareness for those working with Children and Young People.

A 2-day Course (also available as individual days).

Children’s mental health is a serious area of concern – around 10% of children are now reported to have a diagnosable mental health condition and of these, most report delays in accessing appropriate help.

The course is split into two parts, echoing the World Health Organisation’s definition of health as ‘complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’.

Day One is about setting up your school or service so that it naturally generates good mental health and wellbeing. Day Two is to help you spot people who are having problems and signpost your best course of action. You can attend either or both days.

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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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