'Older People and Depression: Key Knowledge and Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention' is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited courses for professionals working in mental health and related areas.
It is the only training on this topic 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/organizations and can be attended face-to-face or online. (2-day version also available.)
It is true, as William Davies says, that “Many older people are depressed, and many older people have a lot to be depressed about”. It would be surprising if it were otherwise, what with longstanding friends dying, being physically unable to do things they previously enjoyed doing, having pains and other biological processes disturbing them, having less future to look forward to, and cognitive processes sometimes not being as acute as they once were. On the other hand, it is not true that all older people are depressed, and, for those who are, we can often make some significantly helpful interventions.
This course is therefore about (a) recognising depression in older people, (b) being aware of any risks this presents, and mostly (c) intervening in a constructive and helpful way. Major teaching methods are: lecture, case studies, small group exercises, and large group discussions.
People who attend this course normally fall into one of two categories:
1. Professionals who spend the majority of their time working with older people.
2. Professionals who, while older people may not be their primary speciality, nevertheless need to get 'up to speed' on the subject.
The professional affiliations of people suitable to attend this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and others.
You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course and access to the online exam if you wish to uprate your APT accreditation to Level 2.
Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.
Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 150,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.
Booking this training is easy...
For teams and organizations:
We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee.
Price (3-day version): $8,435 (plus tutor travel and accommodation expenses) for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: $555 per person.
Price (2-day version): $6,175 (plus tutor travel and accommodation expenses) for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: $370 per person.
Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:
Live and interactive online course, delivered via Zoom or Teams* exclusively for your team or organization.
Price (3-day version): $5,580* for a group of up to 15 people (price includes a workbook for every delegate, posted to one address, or a PDF version can be provided). Extra delegates $370 per person.
Price (2-day version): $4,010* for a group of up to 15 people (price includes a workbook for every delegate, posted to one address, or a PDF version can be provided). Extra delegates $240 per person.
*We standardly deliver courses via Zoom (which is recommended). If you would prefer to use Microsoft Teams, there is an additional charge of $120 USD per day.
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 organization, under license.
his is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organization the tutor-component of the fee each time you run it or your chosen modules (50% of the 'Online Live and Exclusive' fee, regardless of whether the course is held face-to-face or online).
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We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last ten runnings of this course, which are updated periodically.
*This online live ratings are taken from the last two runnings of the course in this format.
APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the 'Older People and Depression: Key Knowledge and Skills for Effective Biopsychosocial Intervention' course has received.
"Brilliant tutor, really engaging ... will be using this in practice! Such an eye opener."
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that it was very well facilitated. I feel that an atmosphere of openness was created, allowing participants to express a range of views and explore these in a supportive environment. The learning and information gained will be significant in helping my everyday practice. Thank you."