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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 120 hours of focused training and is from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited courses 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/organisations 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 120 hours of training over 12 months. We bring all the courses to you (face-to-face or online) for a fixed fee, to ensure you get a supportive group addressing the same material.

The diploma comprises 20 days of training made up from your 8 chosen courses below. You can select four 3-day courses and four 2-day courses. The whole group attends the same modules.

After every course students are expected to sit an online exam. To be awarded the diploma, students must attend at least 7 of the live taught courses, and pass at least 7 of the online exams.

What you receive as a result of attending the training:s

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 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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For teams and organisations:


Option 1: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

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

Price: £30,490 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £2,000 plus VAT per person. 

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live, interactive online course exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price: £26,220 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 £5 per extra address, per course). Extra delegates £1,750 plus VAT per person. 

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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.

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For individuals or small groups:

This course is currently only available for teams/organisations. Please register your interest below if you want to attend this course as an individual and we will notify you when it becomes available.

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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 125,000 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."