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APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below is just some of the great written feedback the 'Older People and Depression: Key Knowledge and Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention' course has received.
"Brilliant tutor, really engaging ... will be using this in practice! Such an eye opener."
Sophie Pietak, Student Mental Health Nurse
"Very enjoyable and informative course. I found it suprising how relevant the material was."
Margaret O'Malley, Staff Nurse
"I will return to my ward and recommend colleagues attend this course."
Margaret O'Malley, Staff Nurse
"I have very much enjoyed this course and have gained many skills that I will be able to use daily in my role. All parts were useful and relevant. Thank you."
Emma Ross, Mental Health Worker
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that it was very well facilitated. I feel that an atmosphere of openness was created, allowing participants to express a range of views and explore these in a supportive environment. The learning and information gained will be significant in helping my everyday practice. Thank you."
Christina Greenland, Occupational Therapist
"Very enjoyable, very beneficial. The tutor was approachable and an excellent speaker … Highly recommended to others. I feel more motivated now with the knowledge I can take back to the ward I work on. I have been in my profession for many years and still feel I have learnt a lot these past 3 days."
Christine Jacomb, Nursing Assistant
"A very enjoyable course which I feel has enhanced my understanding of depression with older people. I also have a greater awareness of possible treatments."
Mark Howard, SCMHN
"I have enjoyed the course very much … I am looking forward to using this in my day to day working duties."
Kathleen Sharp, CPN
"One of the best courses I have been on. Thank you."
Kristina Whibberley, Gateway Worker
"This course was very good for me. I learnt a lot more about depression. The 3 days were completely enjoyable and it was very well presented."
Rubina Anwar. Support Worker
"I very much enjoyed the 3 day course, which gave time to cover many issues of depression which I felt were relevant to my job. It was a 'luxury' to come on a 3 day course. I thought the role playing was useful and conducted in a non anxiety provoking way. The feedback sessions to the whole group kept everyone 'on their toes' and kept the momentum of the course going well."
Caroline Boyes. Social Worker
"I found the course very informative and have a better understanding of the topic. I enjoyed the three days and found it packed with facts and exploring new ways of working. The group sessions and peer support was excellent and increased my awareness and knowledge base. I would hope that other social workers will have the opportunity to apply for the course."
Sonya Howard. Social Worker
"Very informative, looking at the course and symptoms of depression and some positive responses to incorporate it into our practice. Good balance of lecture/information giving and case studies/putting ideas into practice. Inspiring and motivating. Well timed with short blocks that were easy to focus/concentrate on."
Becky Griffiths. Social Worker
"I really liked it, which in all honesty is unusual as I am easily bored and tend to find many training formats very dull, but I thought it was very well executed/thought out and was very thought provoking."
John Teall. Social Worker
"Again, I have thoroughly enjoyed APT way of teaching – really informative and motivational."
Fiona Bennett, Staff Nurse
A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)
Some older people really do have a lot to be depressed about, and it is difficult to know how to help. This course shows how.
This course covers the psychological treatment of depression in older adults, leaning heavily on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques such as diary keeping and guided discovery, scheduling and de-scheduling, IPT based techniques including how to address bereavement, change in role, isolation and disputes, and biological factors such as exercise, sleep, diet etc. Overall it aims to produce competence in helping depressed older adults.