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If you have a question and are thinking of contacting us, it may already be covered in the below FAQs. The section headings are:
You will receive your login details shortly after attending the course by email (normally within two weeks). This is a manual process, so we have to wait for your registration documents to be returned to us, by the tutor, before we can register you.
It's likely that you already have. If you attended the course over two weeks ago, the email may have gone into your spam/junk folder. If you don't have this email you can reset your password here.
If your password isn't being recognised you can reset your password here.
If you are doing APT online training you will normally receive two separate emails, one with your login details to access APT e-Learning, and another to access the associated resources. Once you have logged in you can reset your passwords so that they are the same. If you don't have these emails, it may be worth checking your spam/junk folder.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you would like to uprate your APT-Accreditation by completing an online exam. We can then get it set it up for you.
Yes, all of our courses are accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT). This is given weight by the fact that over 100,000 professionals have attended APT courses. APT accreditation signifies that relevant information is presented in an engaging way, and every course is assessed on these two criteria, with the evaluation returned to the course-sponsor. The two scales (relevance and presentation quality) were obtained by factor-analysing what were previously 17 separate feedback ratings and finding that they all correlated with one or the other of the two crucial dimensions, which seemed to be 'relevance' and 'presentation quality'. If you are interested in whether a course is accredited/recognised by a specific other organisation then you need to ask that organisation. As a matter of policy APT does not seek accreditation from, and can’t speak for, any other body.
Yes, upon completing APT live training you will receive APT-Accreditation Level 1, which can be uprated (free of charge) to Level 2 by completing an online exam in your own time. By successfully completing APT's online training (and exam) you will receive APT-Accreditation Level 2. For further information about accreditation click here.
No, the logos are reserved for our excellence awards. You can however say what is the case, for example: 'I have APT Level 2 accreditation in DBT' if that is the case.
Yes, a certificate will be posted to you once we have received your registration documents (from the tutor). If you have completed an online course, you can print off a certificate.
In order for the system to generate a certificate you need to have viewed every page of the course (all of the sections that have been completed will have a tick next to their name in the contents page - this can be viewed by clicking 'x' in the bottom left hand corner of the course). You will also need to complete the feedback after completion.
The cost for a replacement/hard copy certificate is £10 to cover administration. To request a certificate, email email@example.com with your name and course details.
APT courses start at 9.30am (you are advised to get there before this time so that everybody is ready to start), and finish at 4.30pm.
Yes, there is no reason why you shouldn't undertake any of our courses; they are designed to be as accessible and 'transparent' as possible. Bear in mind though that you will only be able to use the content with clients/patients if you have a professional qualification, e.g. psychiatric nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist. It is your professional qualification that entitles you to work with clients/patients, not a CBT qualification (for example).
We can’t speak on the behalf of other bodies, so you need to check with them to see if they recognise the training for the purpose you require. However, it is fair to say that APT training is highly thought of and we are one of the UK’s largest providers of post-qualification training in mental health and related areas (well over 100,000 professionals have attended APT courses).
Yes. We are happy to provide our courses anywhere in the world for the standard UK fee plus the cost of one economy class return airfare from the UK to the location of the course.
Most of our courses are only available for us to bring to your own organisation for a group of 6-15 people. However, a few are courses are also available for individuals to attend. For a full list of 'open' courses click here.
Tutors are nearly all clinical psychologists, mostly of consultant grade. Tutors are selected according to stringent reference-checking. In other words we have a list of criteria which we ask referees to rate the applicant on.
If accepted, the tutor has to maintain an average of 6 on each of two 7-point scales; one on presentation-quality, the other on the relevance of the material to the delegates. (Equally, every course has to maintain those averages, regardless of tutor.) So, whilst occasional courses may slip below this average, most do not.
We don't normally guarantee in advance who will tutor a specific course for two reasons: logistically it would be difficult and in any event it is the courses rather than the tutor that we 'market'. The tutors' job is to present pre-written and validated courses at their best.
For more tutor information click here.
We don't do spam, so you will have given it to us at some stage. This will normally have been one of the following: When attending a course, on the registration form. As a course sponsor, as a contact method. On the telephone, during our 'database cleaning'. Should you wish to be removed from any mailings or would just like more information then please contact us.
We can provide a course anywhere in the UK, for groups of 6 to 15, for the fixed fees quoted on this site. Courses are run 'on site' and the tutor will come to you. Also see "Can just one of me attend?" We are also happy to provide our courses anywhere in the world for the standard UK fee plus the cost of one 'premium-economy' class return airfare from the UK to the location of the course.
Those who have attended the course can come on supervision days subsequently. The way it works is that the supervisor comes to you and runs 3 supervision groups of 90 minutes each, during the day. Each group has about 5 people on it, each person only attends one of the 90 minute groups. Supervision days aren't nearly as much in demand as training days, which seems to me a pity because they are just about the best way of generalising training to real life, but those who buy them tend to buy them in multiples of 3, with each day separated by about a month. The cost is £1445 plus VAT per day (which is reclaimable so long as you are registered for VAT).
DICES checklists are exactly that. In other words they are there to tell – or remind – clinicians of the factors they should be considering. For example, 'hopelessness' is established as an irrefutable correlate of suicide risk and that is referenced on the course. 'Exploitation' on the other hand is a much more nebulous construct and has led to considerable debate about situations which can either be viewed as 'exploitation' or as a mutual 'win-win' situation! We then leave it at that. In other words we don't suggest that there is a straightforward correlation between the number of boxes ticked and the degree of a specified risk. It seems to us that when you look at past situations that have turned out badly it is not so much the misreading of statistical correlations that's been at fault but a much more basic neglect of factors that should not have been overlooked. DICES is reckoned to be 'self-evident' – the idea that it is wise for clinicians to have (a) a checklist of items they should consider when deciding whether a risk is 'significant' or not and (b) a checklist of items they should cover when composing a risk management plan. The evidence for individual items on the checklists (e.g. Hopelessness as a predictor of suicide) is referenced on the course.
'RAIDing' isn't 'a unitary approach', in other words it is a collection of well established approaches put together into a format which is intended to help delegates remember and apply them and bring a positive frame of reference to very difficult behaviour. In particular it leans on these areas of work: (1) The Behavioural literature, (2) the Constructional Approach, (3) solution-focused thinking and (4) the importance of the relationship between helper and helped. In terms of evidence that this is a useful thing to do, there are a couple of elements you might consider. Last year, for the 20th year running, The RAID® Course was either APT's top-selling or second-top-selling course of over 50 in the catalogue. Analysing who commissions the courses, this is mostly the result of 'repeat customers and recommendations'; in other words those people who have received The RAID® Course clearly judge it to be relevant and effective for what they hope it will achieve.
The standard eligibility criteria for attending the school for tutors are that you should be: (a) A clinical or counselling psychologist of consultant grade, or similar. (b) Have an aptitude for teaching and motivating people to learn. (c) Receive good references from two specified referees (current and past line managers) who are asked to rate 10 scales. (d) Variations on the eligibility criteria. APT operates a measured meritocracy, in that we constantly measure the performance of courses and tutors on two the key scales of presentation-quality and relevance, and if a tutor delivers the required performance then they are by definition up to standard, whatever their level of seniority. In the same way, some tutors' professional backgrounds are nursing, occupational therapy and social work, but what they all have in common is (a) significant clinical experience, (b) the aptitude for teaching and motivating people, (c) good references from specified referees, as above, and (d) a feeling for 'Psychological Therapies, as befits anyone accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies. So, if your c.v. does not fit the standard criteria you should not take it amiss if you are not accepted, but you can certainly still apply. To check your eligibility, click here.
To be awarded the APT Diploma you have to fulfil the requirements exactly as detailed on our website and, although regular supervision or peer discussion is certainly good practice, it is not essential to receive supervision to complete the projects described. However, if your aim is to obtain BABCP accreditation (which some people seek) then they do require 'supervised clinical practice' (see the BABCP site for current details).
It is your professional qualification that entitles you to see clients/patients and part of your professional responsibility is to keep up to date with relevant interventions such as DBT, CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, etc. and that is where the APT courses come in.
If you are a mental health professional and complete the CBT Essentials course, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2018 attended APT’s Course CBT Essentials. This involved three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours. If you are NOT currently a mental health professional and are seeking ‘a change of direction’ and want to become a recognised CBT therapist, then you need to become accredited as such with the BABCP. To see details of what that entails, go to their site; to do so now click here.
Yes, we provide ‘post-qualification’ training, i.e. training for people who have a professional qualification. What entitles you to see patients is that professional qualification, and as a mental health professional you are expected to keep up-to-date with developments. This is why people attend APT courses. Having attended a course you are expected to use your professional judgement in applying what you have learned to your own situation. In keeping with that, APT courses aim to give you relevant skills and knowledge you can use in your own workplace.
If you are a mental health professional and complete the CBT Essentials course online, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2018 successfully completed APT’s Course CBT Essentials online. This is based on APT’s live course CBT Essentials, which in its live version involves three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours. If you are NOT currently a mental health professional and are seeking ‘a change of direction’ and want to become a recognised CBT therapist, then you need to become accredited as such with the BABCP. To see details of what that entails, go to their site; to do so now click here.
Our DBT courses are for people who are 'post qualification', in other words qualified as clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, or social workers. The majority of people who come on the courses are from the first three groups but the important requirement is that attendees have a professional background that has taught them the standard clinical skills and standard professional skills such as confidentiality etc.
Our suggestion for a phased approach to the training would be as follows: Step one, attend the DBT Essentials course. This will give you APT’s Level 1 accreditation in DBT. Step two, within a month or so, attend the Running DBT Skills Development groups course (which teaches you to convey crucial life skills to patients, usually in groups). This will give you APT’s Level 2 accreditation in DBT. Step three, sit the (free of charge) exam online. This will give you APT’s Level 3 accreditation in DBT. Deliver DBT to your patients, setting up as good a service as you can, for about six months. Then attend the Masterclass (four days). This will give you a chance to address any problems, build on good things that happened, check that you are running good consultation groups and giving telephone support, obtain an expert view on your service, and so on. This will give you APT’s Level 4 accreditation in DBT. Most attendees should be able to reach this level. Any time after that, if you are very committed, to write a (specified) project aimed at obtaining APT's level 5 accreditation in DBT. This is a demanding project and only about half those who submit obtain a pass mark at the first attempt.
No, it is the service’s responsibility to provide supervision. Where do people get it from? 1. Sometimes from local DBT-knowledgeable professionals (often clinical psychologists) either 1:1 or in groups. 2. other times as ‘peer-supervision’ (often people on the course who arrange properly to meet up – often in groups – to provide this for each other). 3. Also the DBT ‘consult’ is an inbuilt form of (peer) supervision. 4. Also our Masterclass has supervision elements in it, but as it is a once-off can’t rightly be regarded as supervision, except as one component of a package.
No, anybody can do so, but the question arises as to the worth of the accreditation. Accreditation from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) is backed by fact of over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses, the transparency as to what the different levels of accreditation mean, and the written evaluations testifying to the quality of the training provided.
Full transparency is always the best policy. So if you successfully complete the extended training, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a clinical psychologist and in 2018 I successfully completed APT’s extended training in DBT. This involved attending 10 days of teaching spread over six months, passing a written exam, and submitting a 4,000-word work-based project at the set level.
Full transparency is always the best policy. So if you complete the DBT Essentials course, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2018 attended APT’s Course DBT Essentials. This involved three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours.
Full transparency is always the best policy. So if you successfully complete the DBT Essentials course online, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2018 successfully completed APT’s Course DBT Essentials online. This is based on APT’s live course DBT Essentials, which in its live version involves three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours.
The majority of our mental health training courses are provided this way - we come to you and train a group of up to 15 people for an all-inclusive fee.
The majority of our training is provided 'onsite' but for a few of our courses you can come to us. APT is conveniently located centrally in UK.
Obtain APT-quality input at a time that is convenient to you and minimises the need for 'cover' normally associated with training.