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Forensic Diploma

The APT Diploma for working in Secure Psychiatric and Forensic Settings.

The APT Diploma for Working in Secure Psychiatric and Forensic Settings provides 90 hours of focused training and is from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of training for professionals working in mental health and related areas in the UK and Ireland.

It is the only Secure Psychiatric and Forensic Settings Diploma that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course. The course is available for teams and individuals and can be attended face-to-face or online.

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Executive Summary:

The APT Diploma for Working in Secure Psychiatric and Forensic Settings provides 90 of training, leading to Level 4 APT accreditation. Attend the diploma as an individual or we can bring the training to you for a fixed fee, to ensure you get a supportive group addressing the same material.

The diploma comprises 15 days of training made up by attending/choosing five of the twelve courses below. If you are part of a team then your team/organisation chooses the five and you then all attend the same ones:

*Courses marked with an asterisk can be completed 'online anytime'.

To be awarded the diploma, you must also complete an online exam after each course.

If you have already attended one or more of these courses in the last 2 years, then you have an exemption for that subject(s), you don't need to attend the same course again. If you have already attended the equivalent of one or more of these courses from another training-provider in the last 2 years, then again you have an exemption for that subject(s), although you do need to submit evidence of the training and pay a reading fee for APT assessing it.

Please note that the diploma should be completed in not more than 2 years from the date you undertake the first course. 

The Diploma can also be awarded by completing the individual courses separately, across 2 years

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Diploma for Working in Secure Psychiatric and Forensic Settings, and receive a certificate to this effect and Level 4 accreditation which gains you access to the resources associated with the course.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation to use the resources lasts for 3 years and is renewable by attending a Masterclass top-up day or submitting evidence of continued practice, and your reflections on that practice (to the required level).

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 125,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

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Booking Options...

 for individuals or small groups

 for teams and organisations

For individuals or small groups:

Option 1: Online Anytime course:

You attend your chosen five topics as pre-recorded courses you can study any time.

They are engaging and relevant online courses that can be started and accessed at any time and completed at your own pace, taking breaks to assimilate and practice the skills as they are introduced.

Total Price: £1,125 plus VAT per person (or purchase the 5 courses individually at £225 plus VAT per person, per course). The fee covers: 3 years access to the course, certification, registration, and APT Accreditation. Completion guarantee for managers: for people who don’t complete for whatever reason, you can transfer the training to other staff members.

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Option 2: Online Live course:

Live events hosted online via Zoom. (And you don’t even have to have your own Zoom account.)

Live and interactive online courses, ask questions, make your observations, ‘Chat’ to other delegates. Open for you to attend from your home or workplace. Select the dates you would like to attend for 5 out of the 7 courses below. (If you would like to purchase the courses individually, please book them through the individual course pages by clicking the blue headings):

Motivational Interviewing, and how to use it effectively  3-days

  22-24 March 2023 Fully Booked
  26-28 June 2023
  10-12 July 2023 Fully Booked
  11-13 September 2023
  26-28 February 2024
  1-3 July 2024

DBT Essentials (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)  3-days

  9-11 May 2023 (Afternoon/Evening Times) Fully Booked
  12-14 June 2023 Fully Booked
  10-12 July 2023 Fully Booked
  14-16 August 2023
  20-22 September 2023
  1-3 November 2023
  11-13 December 2023
  8-10 January 2024
  18-20 March 2024
  7-9 May 2024 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  10-12 June 2024

Running DBT Skills-Development Groups  3-days

  3-5 May 2023 Fully Booked
  6-8 June 2023 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  9-11 October 2023
  22-24 January 2024
  1-3 May 2024
  5-7 June 2024 (Afternoon/Evening Times)

SFT Essentials (Solution-Focused Therapy)  3-days

  28-30 June 2023 Fully Booked
  13-15 September 2023
  7-9 February 2024
  19-21 June 2024

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)  3-days

  12-14 July 2023
  3-5 July 2024

CBT Plus, with Suicidality  3-days

  5-7 July 2023
  26-28 June 2024

The ADDRESS® Course for working Personality Disorder  3-days

  19-21 April 2023 Fully Booked
  10-12 May 2023
  20-22 November 2023
  17-19 April 2024

Price: £2,200 plus VAT per person. The fee covers: tuition, hardcopy workbook*, certification, registration, and accreditation. Times: 10am - 4pm (UK) daily, including 45 minutes for lunch (3pm–9pm for afternoon/evening events).

*PDF workbooks are sent to those outside of the UK.

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For teams and organisations:

Option 1: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live and interactive online course, delivered via Zoom or Teams* exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price: £21,975* plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (workbooks for every delegate are included in this price - if you require workbooks being sent to more than one location, there is an extra charge of £10 per extra address, per course). Extra delegates £1,425 plus VAT per person.

*We standardly deliver courses via Zoom (which is recommended). If you would prefer to use Microsoft Teams, there is an additional charge of £100 plus VAT per day.

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Option 2: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee.

Price: £32,950 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £2,175 plus VAT per person. 

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 each time you run it or your chosen modules (50% of the 'Online Live and Exclusive' fee, regardless of whether the course is held Face-to-Face or Online).

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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 150,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the modules for The APT Diploma for working in Secure Psychiatric and Forensic Settings courses have received.

"One of the best presented, organised and thought-out courses I have been on. I speak as a course participant but also as a trainer of 20 years experience."

"Without a doubt the best training course I have ever attended. Thoroughly enjoyable, relevant and helpful for my job role."