Training

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One Step Ahead Psychology Services are offering the opportunity to deliver cost-effective psychologically informed training to your service. The courses offered can be undertaken either at your office base or in a designated conference space. There is also great flexibility in the key focus of training to ensure that it covers everything that you need. 

Potential subjects that could be covered are as follows:

Mental health awareness

(1/2 day- can be provided as a full day where necessary)
  • Content:
    • Explore the signs, symptoms and potential causes of various mental disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder)
    • Consider what kind of experiences people may have who suffer with mental health problems and likely presentations
    • Reflect on attitudes towards mental health
  • Aims:
    • To help improve understanding of the nature of mental health problems
    • Dispel myths there might be about mental illness
    • Enhance ability to differentiate between different mental health conditions
    • Develop awareness of attitudes regarding mental health and the impact that this may have

Working with mental illness

(1/2 day- can be provided as a full day where necessary).
This workshop relates well to the training on ‘Building mental ill health awareness’.
  • Content:
    • Consider implications for staff and services working with mental ill health
    • Recognise our own responses to mental disorders and working with this
    • Exploration of the NICE guidelines for interventions
    • Consider support networks available for service users
    • Consider what support networks there are available for staff
    • Practical techniques for working with individuals suffering with mental health problems
  • Aims:
    • To help recognise potential difficulties/ barriers there may be for effective working
    • Develop a greater understanding of treatment options
    • Improve how effectively we communicate with people who are in crisis or are suffering with mental health problems
    • Recognise support systems available

Personality disorder awareness

(1/2 day- can be provided as a full day where necessary)
  • Content:
    • Explore the concept of personality and personality disorder
    • Build awareness of different personality disorders and the nature of them
    • Consider what kind of experiences people might have who suffer with personality disorder
    • Reflect on attitudes towards personality disorder diagnoses
  • Aims:
    • To develop an understanding of the construct of personality and when it might start to be considered personality disordered
    • Enhance ability to differentiate between different types of personality disorder
    • Develop awareness of attitudes regarding personality disorder and the impact that this may have

Working with personality disorder

(1/2 day- can be provided as a full day where necessary). This workshop relates well to the training on ‘Personality disorder awareness’.
  • Content:
    • Practical techniques for working with individuals with personality disorder
    • Consider implications for staff and services working with personality disorder
    • Recognise our own responses to personality disorders and working with this
    • Exploration of available interventions
    • Consider support networks available for service users
    • Consider what support is available for staff
  • Aims:
    • To help recognise potential difficulties/ barriers there may be for effective working
    • Develop a greater understanding for treatment options
    • Improve how effectively we communicate with people who are in crisis or are suffering with personality disorder
    • Increase the likelihood for patient engagement and/ or rehabilitation
    • Recognise support systems available

Psychosis and hearing voices

(1/2 day- can be provided as a full day where necessary)
  • Content:
  • What is psychosis?
  • Theoretical models of psychosis
  • Exploration of available interventions
  • Helpful tips for supporting individuals experiencing symptoms of psychosis
  • Aims:
  • Enhance insight and awareness of psychosis, reflecting on the potential impact this can have for the individual and those supporting them
  • Develop a greater understanding of treatment options and support systems available
  • Improve how effectively you communicate with people who are in crisis or are suffering with psychotic symptoms

Working with learning disability, building insight and understanding

(1/2 day- can be provided as a full day where necessary)
  • Content:
  • What is learning disability?
  • What difficulties might be experienced?
  • Considerations given to risks, challenging behaviours and links with offending
  • Explore our own and other peoples attitude to learning disability
  • Reflect on communication style
  • Practical techniques when working in the field learning disabilities
  • Aims:
  • Enhanced awareness and understanding by what is meant by learning disability and/ or learning difficulties
  • Develop confidence in being able to communicate more effectively
  • Develop skills in providing appropriate and effective support

Working with risk and challenging behaviours within mental health services (Part 1- Developing understanding)

(1/2 day)
  • Content:
  • What is risk?
  • How do we measure it?
  • What does it mean in a practical manner?
  • Aim:
  • To develop risk awareness
  • To enhance awareness of how risk is identified and evaluated

Working with risk and challenging behaviours within mental health services (Part 2- Developing skills)

(1/2 day)
  • Content:
  • How do we respond to presenting risk behaviours?
  • Risk management strategies- physical, relational, procedural
  • What is positive risk taking?
  • Develop a mental health first aid kit
  • Aim:
  • Aid insight and self-reflection of how we respond in challenging situations
  • To enhance confidence in staff in working with individuals who present with risk behaviours
  • Develop an understanding of what can keep ourselves and others safe
  • Equip staff with useful skills to help manage risk and challenging behaviours

Managing professional boundaries within mental health and/ or forensic settings

(1/2 day- can be provided as a full day where necessary)
  • Content:
  • What is meant by boundaries and are they clearly defined?
  • Why do we have them?
  • Implications of crossing boundaries
  • What might prevent staff from putting boundaries in place
  • What would be helpful to ensure boundaries are maintained?
  • Aims:
  • Gain a greater understanding of boundaries
  • Identify appropriate boundaries
  • Achieve a more in depth appreciation regarding the reason for boundaries being in place
  • Acknowledge some of the difficulties faced in implementing and maintaining boundaries
  • Encourage reflective practice
  • Consider boundaries from a service users perspective, developing insight into the benefits and problems
  • To develop effective work practice whilst keeping ourselves and others safe

Stress and wellbeing in the work place

(1/2 day- can provided as a full day where necessary)
  • Content:
  • What is compassion fatigue?
  • Exploring stress reactions
  • What do we mean by burnout?
  • Looking at the impact stress and burnout can have on self and others
  • Developing self-awareness
  • Learn how to effectively manage stress- develop stress management skills!
  • Aims:
  • To help aid insight and self-awareness with regards to stress reactions
  • To enhance awareness of different management options
  • Improve and maintain work efficiency despite challenging situations
  • Enable staff to feel supported and reduce staff turnover

Working with suicidal and self-harming behaviours

(1/2 day- can be provided as a full day where necessary)
  • Content:
  • Suicide and self-harm- what do we mean by this?
  • Reasons for self-harming or suicidal behaviours
  • Prevalence and trends
  • How to work effectively with self-harming or suicidal behaviours
  • Developing  a mental health first aid kit
  • Aims:
  • Enhance understanding as to why self-harming or suicide attempts may occur
  • Build insight with regards to how common this might be
  • Build skills to help feel better able to support individuals who self-harm or who have demonstrated suicidal behaviours

Gender and crime- Female offending and service specific considerations

   (1/2 day- can be provided as a full day where necessary)
  • Content:
  • Public perception of female offenders
  • Gender differences in female offending
  • Criminogenic needs of women
  • Overview of the female prison estate and gender specific mental health services
  • What can be done to help prevent future risks or support the process of rehabilitation?
  • Aims:
  • Increase awareness of our own and other peoples perceptions being mindful of the impact this can have
  • Develop increased knowledge of patterns of behaviour
  • Identify specific gender needs and how best to support women within the forensic system

Engaging clients within mental health and/ or forensic settings

(1/2 day- can be provided as a full day workshop where necessary)
  • Content:
  • Consider what helps and hinders client engagement
  • Discuss possible blocks or barriers to engagement
  • Reflect on our own interpersonal style, responses and limitations
  • Explore helpful and unhelpful interactions
  • Aims:
  • Enhance self-awareness and insight when staff are working with service users
  • Develop greater understanding of difficulties that might occur
  • Improve staff confidence regarding interactions with client/ service users
  • Enhance the atmosphere of the supportive working environment and increase the likelihood for patient recovery and rehabilitation

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Model

(Full day)
  • Content:
  • Consider why people might communicate and/ or show behaviour of concern
  • Look at the value of functional assessment and how to do them
  • Consider how to provide positive behaviour support
  • Reflect on what positive behaviour support might look like if implemented within your service
  • Consider potential challenges and difficulties that may be faced and how to overcome this
  • Explore the role of compassion
  • Aims:
  • Enhance social perspective taking and develop a greater understanding of the reasons for behaviours observed
  • Learn skills in how to accurately assess the function of behaviours
  • Develop confidence in knowing what behaviours to target and how to do this to help bring about positive changes

Overview of therapy models

(Full day. Please note: this workshop does not qualify you to class yourself as a therapist. It can take years to train in any one of the areas discussed. This training day is purely aimed at enhancing awareness of therapy models and some of the skills that may be used)
  • Content:
  • Develop knowledge of different types of therapy available (i.e. CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic, Compassion Focused Therapy)
  • Experience some aspects of therapy
  • Think about adaptations that may sometimes be required
  • Aims:
  • Develop an increased awareness of therapy available and consider when certain models might be appropriate
  • Gain insight into the world of therapy and what it might be like to undergo therapy
  • Recognise the benefits and limitations to some of the therapeutic approaches available and what can be done to help overcome some of the challenges faced

Understanding the mental health system

(1/2 day- Can be provided as a full day where necessary)
  • Content:
  • Provided with an outline of mental health services and structure within the UK
  • Look at diversion options prior to prison
  • Look at diversion options within prison
  • Discuss the role of the mental health act
  • Who might benefit from mental health service
  • Aims:
  • To provide an overview of the mental health system and services that are available
  • Gain an understanding some of the links between the criminal justice system and mental health services
  • Develop awareness of when transfers of care may occur from the prison system to the mental health system

Key services that may benefit from some of the above training include social housing services, social care, rehabilitation or day centres, probation, NHS bodies, emergency services, local government, advocacy, citizens advice, and mental health and care providers.

If your company would like to invest in building knowledge and understanding to help aid everyday working practice, then please do not hesitate to make contact. We would be happy to discuss requirements that you have and any specific service needs, making sure training available would be appropriate and bespoke to you.

One Step Ahead Psychology Services, Ground Floor, 2 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PA

Telephone: 0207 138 1059

Email: sarah@osa-psychology.co.uk