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The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) is a leading provider of accredited training for professionals working in mental health and related areas throughout the UK and Ireland. We offer the following suicide prevention and awareness training and we can bring any of the courses to your organisation and train a group of 6-15 people for a fixed all-inclusive fee, no matter where you are. All of the training is accredited by APT and delegates receive the relevant level of APT-Accreditation.
A half-day course.
This short course is designed to raise your awareness of the importance of suicide and inform you about some of the key questions. Specifically:
• Why is it important to know about suicide?
• How many people take their own lives?
• What effect does suicide have on friends and family?
• Why do people take their own lives?
• Are there any signs that someone is contemplating suicide?
• If you think someone is contemplating suicide, what can you do about it?
• If you have been affected by someone's suicide, what can you do to help yourself?
• What are the best ways to lead a life that feels like it is genuinely worth living?
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.
A 2-day course.
Working with people who are considering suicide is qualitatively different from working with depression for example, rather like rescuing someone who is drowning is different from teaching someone to swim. And yet most clinicians don't want to learn a complete new set of skills that they only use when they are working with suicidality, they want to adapt their pre-existing skills in an effective way. If you are amongst those many clinicians, then this 2-day course is for you.
This course aims for you to become relaxed and optimistic about seeing suicidal people, because you will know how to give them hope, and how to deliver as well as possible on that hope.
A 3-day course.
There is more to working with suicidality than risk assessment and management, and having mastered those, we need then to be able to help people to build lives that are genuinely worth living. It is unrealistic to think we can create lives that are completely free of suffering, but perfectly realistic to help create lives that are worth suffering for. And this 3-day course strives to achieve just that.
It is also true that some professionals become anxious about seeing patients who are suicidal, so what this course aims to do is to help us become relaxed and optimistic about seeing suicidal people, because we will know how to give them hope, and how to deliver as well as possible on that hope.