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Trauma-Informed Care Training

Trauma, PTSD, Trauma-Focused Approaches and Trauma-Informed Care Training.

The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) is a leading UK provider of post qualification training for professionals working in mental health, and offers the following courses on Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). We can bring any of these training courses to your place of work and train a group of professionals 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.
 

ACEs

Developmental Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Repairing the Damage™

A 3-day course.

For whole teams working with young people who have been through experiences which are by any standards 'damaging'.

Some children - and adults - who have been through difficult or traumatic experiences are referred to as 'damaged'. It's an unpleasant word but can, unfortunately, be an apt one. The damage can take various forms but usually results in changes in the deepest parts of the brain, resulting in effects which are behavioral, cognitive, biological, social and emotional. Examples include: aggressive behavior, withdrawal, poor self esteem, hostility to others, lack of interest in activities, disturbed sleep and appetite, sadness, anxiety or anger problems, and poor relationships. Although this is a disturbing list there are many children who exhibit most or all of these as a complete 'package' of apparently self-perpetuating – and worsening - problems, resistant to repeated intervention and thereby the cause of great frustration to professionals. The aim of this course is to repair the damage and so avoid those consequences.

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Trauma-Focused CBT, for all ages

Trauma-Focused CBT, for all ages.

A 3-day course for people working with adults. See separate course for PTSD in young people.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is literally a life changing disorder. It is famously difficult to treat, yet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can produce impressive results.

Experiencing a life-threatening event can leave the person with effects including: persistently re-experiencing the event (e.g. intrusive thoughts and images of it), a numbing of general responsiveness (e.g. less interest in significant activities and a feeling of detachment from others), persistent hyperarousal (e.g. difficulty sleeping, irritability, exaggerated startle response) adding up to significant distress or impaired functioning. This course examines effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy based interventions (a) to ameliorate these effects and (b) to greatly improve the patient's quality of life where some effects cannot be mitigated.

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Trauma-Focused CBT

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, for Children and Adolescents.

A 3-day course.

This course aims at addressing the needs of children and adolescents with PTSD and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. Research suggests that TF-CBT is effective in helping children who have experienced traumatic events.

TF-CBT includes a range of interventions, including Psychoeducation, Parenting skills, Relaxation, Developing a helpful narrative of the traumatic event, Conjoint parent-child sessions, and Enhancing safety and future development. Its overall aim is to apply relevant CBT techniques to help the young person while maintaining a therapeutic relationship with the parents as well. It typically covers a dozen or so sessions. It is not normally used where the young person's trauma has been caused by the parents.

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The Assessment and Risk Assessment of Children and Adolescents in Crisis

The Assessment and Risk Assessment of Children & Adolescents in Crisis™

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

Using existing clinical skills and Davies's structured interview.

Assessing adolescents and children in crisis settings often causes professionals a lot of concern. They wonder whether they have the necessary skills, they are concerned about the potential volatility of the situation, they are unfamiliar with having another adult (the parent) present and concerned, they are not sure about consent and confidentiality issues, and they are not completely sure what their role is: assessment, risk-assessment, management, or what?

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Preventing PTSD in Survivors of Traumas, at work and elsewhere

Preventing PTSD in Survivors of Traumas, at work and elsewhere.

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

It is difficult to know what to do after a major incident, but 'nothing' is rarely the best option.

Major incidents such as patient-suicide, assaults, severe self harm, hostage takings etc can be very stressful for the staff concerned. Through lecture, case study and role play, this course examines how best to respond to such situations to minimise the stress; when it's best to say little or nothing, when to get a group of staff together, what to say, what procedures to follow, etc. It provides very clear guidelines in an often confused and difficult area.

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Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Intervention, in Crisis Situations

Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Intervention, in Crisis Situations.

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

This course is designed for people who have predominantly short term contact with clients, either by phone or face to face. Typically those clients will be in or approaching a psychotic episode, suffering with a personality disorder, or so distressed that they may harm themselves or attempt suicide. The key aspects of these disorders are therefore covered, and, in particular, major effective strategies for effective brief intervention. Additionally the principles behind these interventions are covered, to facilitate long term beneficial impact, along with risk assessment in such high stress situations.

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