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Distance Learning for Mental Health Professionals

Below are the distance learning options available from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT).


Online Live Courses

Available for nearly all of our courses*, an Online Live Course typically takes slightly less time than the live course on which it is based (because of less group discussion and group exercises) but they are live and pleasingly interactive.

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Online Anytime Courses

Available for our top 6 most ordered courses (and more), online training means you can obtain APT-quality input at a time that is convenient to you and minimizes the need for 'cover' normally associated with training.

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FREE Live Webinars

Every Wednesday the APT is hosting a series of FREE webinars for mental health professionals and others, to help you help people get through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis as well as they possibly can do.

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FREE Online Courses

You can access the introductory course of the APT's Higher Order Therapy modules, free of charge. These 1-hour CPD courses consist of an audio lasting 15-30 minutes, plus resources and exercise(s) to complete. Filter for ‘Free’.

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*Doesn't include courses that are skills-based, and ones that rely on a lot of live practice.

Distance Leaning: Online Live Courses or Online Anytime Courses?

Distance learning divides into Live Webinars and Online Courses, so do you know which is the best for you and your team? The table here is intended to help you decide. And of course it doesn’t have to be ‘either-or’, you can build a blend of both.


Online Anytime Courses.

Online Live Courses.

You pay only for attendees who successfully complete courses, with registration, certification and accreditation. (Min numbers apply.)



Start when you like and go at your own time and pace.


No, everyone starts and finishes (live) together.

Enables you to meet your colleagues and discuss current issues.

No, but you can have separate meetings to discuss the course, with others on it.


Can be exclusive to your organization.

No, although you can have whole teams attend the same course.


Attend anywhere you can get online.



Attend on handheld device, laptop or desktop.



Live interaction with tutor.

No, although the tutor narrates, gives examples, and answers common questions.


Available for nearly all APT courses.

No, just the most popular ones.


Replay bits you missed or don't understand.


No, but you can ask tutor to clarify.

Access to course for 12 months.


No but you have the slides available to download.

Entitles you to sit online exam for APT’s level 2 accreditation.

Yes, at no extra cost.

Yes, at no extra cost.

Highly cost-effective.

Yes, around £60 plus tax per person per day (min 15), and with no travel or other expenses involved.

Yes, around £85 plus tax per person per day (min 15), and with no travel or other expenses involved.

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