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Dual Diagnosis Training

Dual Diagnosis - Substance Misuse and Affective Disorder.

A 3-day course for 6-15 people (2-day version also available).

Executive Summary:

Dual diagnosis is generally viewed as a difficult presentation to treat. The patient may be disillusioned with conventional medication, and resigned to 'self-medicating'. And it is a frequent presentation: those with affective disorders are more likely to misuse mood-altering substanes, and those who misuse mood-altering substances are more likely to have affective disorders.

To make matters worse, patients may 'fall between two stools', with substance misuse services reluctant to treat them until they have addressed their affective disorder, and mental health services reluctant to treat them until they have addressed their substance misuse.

In summary, this is a very important presentation, and one which mental health and related services need to have a robust and well-worked response to.

Booking options

Agenda and learning objectivities:

What the course will do for you:

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.

Booking this training is easy.

Option 1: Online Live and Exclusive course (for teams and organisations):

Online Live Courses typically take slightly less time than the face-to-face course on which it is based (because of less group discussion and group exercises) but they are live and pleasingly interactive. Click here to view prices.

Delegates can be anywhere that is conducive to concentrating, all together or separate, so long as they have access to a computer with a good internet connection. And as a manager, you have ‘guaranteed completion’: you only pay for delegates who successfully complete (minimum 15).

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Option 2: We come and run the course in your organisation:

We bring this 3-day course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £4,495 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend. You can organise as many courses as you need, to cover the numbers you want to.

There is also a 2-day version available at £3,330 plus VAT inclusive for 6-15 delegates.

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 (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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Downloadable information sheet:

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NICE guidelines relevant to this course:

Psychosis and Schizophrenia in children and young people: recognition and management (CG155)  ❯

Psychosis and Schizophrenia in adults: prevention and management (CG178)  ❯


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 taken from the last running of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 100%

Average Relevance rating: 98%



*These statistics were last updated in February 2020.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are some of the great comments this Dual Diagnosis course has received.

"Great to have a refresher and affirm that what I do is correct. Lovely trainer – I think the best I’ve had!"

"Great course, well delivered by trainer. Good examples of case studies and focusing on key elements relevant to our role. Great resources and reaffirmed what we are doing is correct."

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