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Course dates: 11 - 15 November 2019

Registration by: 14 October 2019

Course dates: 20 - 24 April 2020   

Registration by: 23 March 2020

Course dates: 20 - 24 July 2020

Registration by: 22 June 2020

Course fee: 5 days, £700 (includes fee for accreditation with the University of Bath).

Overview:  This course looks at the relevance of interpersonal learning in addictions treatment and introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of Irvin Yalom’s model of group therapy. Students will explore how Yalom’s model can be modified to best support addicted clients, and will gain awareness of the most effective facilitation skills for helping a group of clients achieve its group task. The course also considers key evidence supporting the use of group therapy in addictions treatment.   

Entry requirements: Due to the level this course is taught at, previous experience of working with addiction is required. You may be required to discuss your experience and existing knowledge with the unit tutor.

Assignment: you will be required to complete a 2,400 word assignment in accordance with University of Bath regulations. Successful completion of the assignment will earn you 6 ECTS credits with the University of Bath.

Student group: you will be attending this course alongside foundation degree students of the Addictions Counselling degree programme, accredited by the University of Bath. Degree students are required to attend this unit as part of their studies in addictions counselling. Please be aware this course is taught at degree level.  

Location: This course is taught on-site at The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies based in Warminster, Wiltshire, UK.

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Accreditation pending

Course dates: One Saturday per month for nine months:

Session 1: 16 November 2019

Session 2: 14 December 2019

Session 3: 11 January 2020

Session 4: 15 February 2020     

Session 5: 14 March 2020

Session 6: 18 April 2020

Session 7: 16 May 2020

Session 8: 13 June 2020

Session 9: July 2020 tba (possibly 13th)

Registration by: 8th November 2019

Course fee: £1,800

Overview: The first interpersonal group therapy course beyond introductory level in the UK, this course is suitable for those working with people with substance and behavioural addictions and related problems. It aims to build your knowledge, competence and confidence, and although it does require a good academic understanding of the group therapy model, it is very much a practice-based course. The learning experience is based on a collaborative adult learning model: you and your group, together with the tutors, will create the learning you need within the general structure of the course.

By the end of the training you will be able to:

•             Understand how interpersonal group therapy can be effective in facilitating character change.

•             Identify group cohesiveness and encourage interpersonal learning.

•             Know when to transfer responsibility for group functioning to the members.

•             Ensure the group addresses the specific needs of individual members.

•             Formulate interventions and evaluate their effectiveness.

•             Reflect on personal development as facilitator.

•             Address facilitator dilemmas and countertransference considerations.

•             Work with group tension and conflict.

Saturday session format

•             Tutor-led presentations on theory and facilitation techniques.

•             Skills practice sessions and discussion.

•             Experiential process groups.

•             Reflection on learning experiences.

Online resources linked to each learning day will be provided for home study in your own time.

Overnight accommodation is available at The Manor House for an additional cost.

Entry requirements:

•             Completion of the introductory Interpersonal Group Therapy CPD course.

•             Foundation or honours degree in Addictions Counselling.

•             If you have experience of facilitating group therapy but no academic qualifications, the tutors will be glad to help you assess your knowledge and point you to some pre-course reading and online resources.

•             The course is not suitable to complete novices in group facilitation.

Assignment: Assessment is by one reflective and reflexive case study.

Course dates:  27th to 29th April 2020
Registration by: 30th March 2020
Course fee: 3 days, £500 (includes fee for accreditation with the University of Bath).

Overview: Explore the complex relationship of mental illness and addiction to enable an understanding of how to assist this vulnerable client base with their drug/alcohol issues. 

Entry requirements: Due to the level this course is taught at, previous experience of working with addiction is required. You may be required to discuss your experience and existing knowledge with the unit tutor.

Assignment: you will be required to complete a 2,000 word assignment in accordance with University of Bath regulations. Successful completion of the assignment will earn you 3 ECTS credits with the University of Bath.

Student group: you will be attending this course alongside foundation degree students of the Addictions Counselling degree programme, accredited by the University of Bath. Degree students are required to attend this unit as part of their studies in addictions counselling. Please be aware this course is taught at degree level.  

Location: This course is taught on-site at The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies based in Warminster, Wiltshire, UK.

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Course dates: 23rd to 27th March 2020
Registration by: 24th February 2020
Course fee: 5 days, £700 (includes fee for accreditation with the University of Bath).

Overview: In this five-day course, students are introduced to the key concepts of motivational interviewing and its application to behaviour change. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate competence in the practical application of MI and will develop an understanding of the key research evidence for the effectiveness of the model. Students will also explore their own competence in this model, reflecting on practice and identifying personal areas for growth.

Entry requirements: Due to the level this course is taught at, previous experience of working with addiction is required. You may be required to discuss your experience and existing knowledge with the unit tutor.

Assignment: you will be required to complete a 2,400 word assignment in accordance with University of Bath regulations. Successful completion of the assignment will earn you 6 ECTS credits with the University of Bath.

Student group: you will be attending this course alongside foundation degree students of the Addictions Counselling degree programme, accredited by the University of Bath. Degree students are required to attend this unit as part of their studies in addictions counselling. Please be aware this course is taught at degree level.  

Location: This course is taught on-site at The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies based in Warminster, Wiltshire, UK.

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Course dates: 13th-17th Jan 2020
Registration by: 9th December 2019
Course fee: £700 (includes fee for accreditation with the University of Bath).

Overview: this course looks at the significance of assessment in addictions treatment, identifies relevant domains of assessment, examines the relationship between needs and risk assessment and identifies the importance of maximising the client’s motivation and responsibility for change. Risk assessments, screening tools and key principles are examined and reinforced.

Entry requirements: due to the level this course is taught at, experience of working with addiction is required. You may be required to discuss your experience and existing knowledge with the unit tutor.

Assignment: you will be required to complete two 1,200 word assignments in accordance with University of Bath regulations. Successful completion of the assignment will earn you 6 ECTS credits with the University of Bath.

Student group: you will be attending this course alongside foundation degree students of the Addictions Counselling degree programme, accredited by the University of Bath. Degree students are required to attend this unit as part of their studies in addictions counselling. Please be aware this course is taught at degree level. 

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Course dates: 3rd to 5th February 2020
Registration by: 6th January 2020
Course fee: £500 (includes fee for accreditation with the University of Bath).

Overview:  this course examines the link between assessment and treatment planning and the importance of the therapeutic relationship with the client to maximise their motivation for change. Treatment planning tools are explored and key principles are examined and reinforced.
 
Entry requirements: due to the level this course is taught at, experience of working with addiction is required. You may be required to discuss your experience and existing knowledge with the unit tutor.

Assignment: you will be required to complete a 1,500 word assignment in accordance with University of Bath regulations. Successful completion of the assignment will earn you 3 ECTS credits with the University of Bath.

Student group: you will be attending this course alongside foundation degree students of the Addictions Counselling degree programme, accredited by the University of Bath. Degree students are required to attend this unit as part of their studies in addictions counselling. Please be aware this course is taught at degree level.  

Location: this course is taught on-site at The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies based in Warminster, Wiltshire, UK.

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Course dates: 2nd to 4th March 2020
Registration by: 3rd February 2020
Course fee: £500 (includes fee for accreditation with the University of Bath).

Overview:  students will develop a greater awareness of issues associated with human difference, which must be considered when working with individual clients in an addictions treatment or related setting. This course will explore a range of diverse groups within our society, examining their specific needs as well as exploring self-identify and stigma.

Entry requirements: due to the level this course is taught at, experience of working with addiction is required. You may be required to discuss your experience and existing knowledge with the unit tutor.

Assignment: you will be required to complete a 1,500 word assignment in accordance with University of Bath regulations. Successful completion of the assignment will earn you 3 ECTS credits with the University of Bath.

Student group: you will be attending this course alongside foundation degree students of the Addictions Counselling degree programme, accredited by the University of Bath. Degree students are required to attend this unit as part of their studies in addictions counselling. Please be aware this course is taught at degree level.  

Location: this course is taught on-site at The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies based in Warminster, Wiltshire, UK.

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Course dates: 1st-3rd June 2020 (3 days)

Tutor: Emma Thornton

Cost: £600

Accreditation: CPDSO pending

Course aims

This course looks at the significance of assessment in addictions treatment, examines the link between assessment and treatment planning and identifies relevant domains of assessment.  The importance of the therapeutic relationship with the client (to maximise their motivation and responsibility for change) will be explored.  Screening tools, treatment planning strategies, and key principles will be examined and reinforced.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the assessment process with regard to client outcomes and effective treatment planning.
  • Explain the key areas assessed in relation to client needs
  • Understand the principles of risk assessment and its relationship with needs assessment.
  • Understand how the assessment of need and risk informs the treatment planning process
  • Understand how to develop an effective and client centred treatment plan
  • Understand how to monitor client progress in relation to their individual treatment plan

Course content    

  • Exploration of client needs
  • Risk assessment 
  • Link between assessment and treatment planning
  • Developing goals/actions

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