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Student Counselling and Wellbeing Services

Mental health training for professionals working in Student Support Services.

The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) is a leading provider of training for professionals working in mental health and related areas, and the following courses are of high relevance to Student Support Services. We bring the training to your own organisation for a fixed all-inclusive fee, no matter where you are, whilst some of courses are also available for individuals to attend. All of the training is accredited by APT and delegates receive the relevant level of APT-Accreditation depending on which course(s) they attend.

The below courses are of high relevance to professionals in Student Support Services.

Suicide Risk Assessment Training

Suicide-Risk Assessment and Management.

A 2-day course.

Thousands of people take their own lives every year, and we don't respond to it especially well: around 90% of people who end their own lives have seen their doctors in the previous year. We need to be able to spot those who are at risk, to manage the risk, and intervene to help people build a worthwhile life long-term.

This 2-day course focuses on the first two of those three factors, and is based on APT's acclaimed DICES programme for risk assessment and management. It focuses purely on the risk of suicide, and does so in a client-focused way, designed to help the client from the very first moment of contact. It covers:

1. Risk Assessment
2. Risk Management
3. How to verify and demonstrate you have assessed and managed risk

The course aims also to help us become relaxed and optimistic about seeing suicidal people, because we will know what to do: we will notice them, we will be able to manage their suicidality, we will be able to plan effective treatment.

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CBT Essentials

CBT Essentials.

A 3-day course.

The UK's favourite introduction to this powerful, evidence-based technique. 

Now in its latest form this course has introduced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to thousands of people in the UK ever since 1983. It addresses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a way that you can use after the course. It covers: the history and meaning of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, conceptualising cases in CBT terms, the format of a standard CBT session, and the most important CBT techniques. All in a way that applies it constantly to practical examples.

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ACT Essentials

ACT Essentials (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy).

A 3-day course.

'Once in a while there is a unique contribution to psychotherapy.'

ACT adopts a new strategy that moves away from the 'rational strategies of behaviour and thought change' that many people have tried and failed with. Focusing mainly on how people understand and perpetuate their difficulties through language, ACT concentrates on exciting interventions based on metaphor and paradox, with experiential exercises to show how to break free of language traps, overcome common behavioural problems and enhance life satisfaction.

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Mindfulness: Level 1

Teaching Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Level 1.

A 2-day course.

Mindfulness is a psychological intervention that we dream of: it works both for clients/patients and us, and its effectiveness is demonstrated not just by clinical studies but by the unusual number of people testifying to its benefit. Moreover it is a quick, simple concept with obvious validity and relevance. It fits with the thinking of those who maintain that "To live effectively and well cannot be a complicated thing, so any intervention to help people do so should not itself be complicated”.

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SFT Essentials

SFT Essentials (Solution-Focused Therapy).

A 3-day course.

An approach to problems that is fundamentally positive and comes as a breath of fresh air to professionals and clients alike.

Another of APT's top courses, this aims to introduce you to the principles of SFT in a way that gives you a firm grasp of them and enables you to use them in a safe and helpful way. You should become at home with the approach which is often seen as a 'breath of fresh air' both to client and professional, looking for and finding effective solutions for problems, rather than being sucked further and further into the problem itself.

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CFT Essentials

CFT Essentials (Compassion Focused Therapy).

A 3-day course.

An exposition on Compassion Focused Therapy, in a way that enables and encourages delegates to use it in their practice.

Although compassion focused therapy is delivered compassionately, its main focus is to encourage patients to be compassionate towards themselves. This is achieved by (a) specific techniques and approaches we cover on the course and (b) by educating patients about what happens in the brain so they realise that their emotions, behaviours, thoughts and fantasies are not their 'fault', and yet they can take certain actions to make things better for themselves (which we also cover). This is a course for people who do not want to be exclusively “a compassion focused therapist” but DO want to know all about compassion focused therapy in order to build CFT ideas and techniques into their clinical repertoire. It therefore covers both the theory and the skills of CFT in a way they can be applied immediately.

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Mindfulness Based CBT

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

This course concentrates much more on Mindfulness than it does on CBT. So it explains why Mindfulness meditation is likely to help recurrently depressed people, looks briefly at the published evidence that confirms that it can, and the NICE guidelines that commend it, but spends most of the time in experiential exercises and in discussing those exercises. There is a small amount of lecture input, but listening to lectures on Mindfulness is not a sensible pastime so the course focuses on understanding Mindfulness, acquiring the ability to practise Mindfulness meditation, and the ability to convey it to others.

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