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Cognitive Approaches to Working with Offenders

Working with offenders training from one of the UK's leading providers of intensive short courses.

     
   
 
   
 
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Course content for the Cognitve Approaches to Working With Offenders training course

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Available in 2-day and 3-day versions. (What’s the difference?).
 
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Background and Aims:

A cognitive approach to working with offenders gives a clear framework in which to analyse and work with most offenders. It is an approach that is increasingly being recognised as giving very good results when well delivered.

An underlying principle is that the offenders' behaviour (like that of everyone) depends largely upon a certain amount of thought processes and certain other behaviours. If we can change those thought processes and behaviours we can usually also change the offending.

This course aims to provide those working with offenders with sufficient knowledge of a cognitive approach to enable them to apply it safely to their caseload.


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In 3 days you will cover a great deal:

The definition and nature of a cognitive approach.The history of the approach and how this helps us today. What cognitive means, and why this is important. Dysfunctional thinking. The cognitive model, the importance of well developed clinical skills and how these apply.

The core of the cognitive model: the concepts of triggers for offending, and how one can teach people to see them differently. The idea of inhibitions and how they can be activated; the idea of 'mitigating the response' to at least reduce the offending. How to analyse your own clients in these terms.

How early experience can result in dysfunctional attitudes, beliefs and rules, leading to unhelpful perceptions of events. Possible courses of action and the likely outcomes. How to work with such attitudes, beliefs and rules to produce an equally all-persuasive beneficial effect.

The concept of mood and how it influences nearly every stage of the cognitive model. How, therefore, if we can alter the persons mood we can have far reaching effects on their thinking and behaviour. The major determinants of mood, and how to work with them. How producing a more stable mood can be very important when working with violent offenders.

'How to do' a cognitive approach, once you have understood the theory. Why the quality of relationship is so important in the cognitive approach, and how to use it for everyone's benefit. The major dangers of a poorly implemented cognitive approach and, especially, how it can make matters worse rather than better.

Socratic questioning and guided discovery. The AFEAD acronym. Logical errors and 'bald' statements. Why you never challenge a person, only their thinking. How to do that: short term appraisals and long term attitudes, belief and rules.

Positive self-talk and the 'Be your own best friend' technique. Strengths and drawbacks with these.

Specific techniques such as empathy induction: why developing victim empathy is so important. How to do it.

Structuring sessions with individuals. Why it is important to have a standard structure and how to use it.

How to capitalise on the course afterwards.

A cognitive self-test of your learning.


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How can I get more involved?


1.  Participate in this course
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We come to your organisation and train a group of 6-16 people for an all-inclusive fee, so you need to inform your training manager about the course, and see if they will commission it in.


2.  Bring the course to your organisation
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Up to 16 people can attend this course, and we bring it to you for an all-inclusive fee. The 3-day course costs £4,165 plus VAT and the 2-day course costs £2,950 plus VAT. Both courses have the same syllabus; the longer one provides the opportunity for greater depth in terms of case presentations and assimilation exercises. Both courses have exemplary ratings and feedback from delegates who attend them.

The fee covers all costs: the tutor, tutor's expenses (travel and accommodation), a workbook for every delegate, course evaluation (evaluation document returned to you), registration of all delegates on the APT (WhatWorksWithOffenders) database, individual certificates of attendance sent to each delegate after course attendance, certificate sent to you listing all who attended. You provide the teaching room, any refreshments you want to, and the delegates!

To arrange this course, email office@whatworkswithoffenders.co.uk - or call 0116 241 8331. We will be pleased to hear from you.


3.  Have this approach become institutionalised within your organisation.
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We can help you find the most cost effective approach to training up sufficient numbers and getting systems in place so that this approach becomes institutionalised within your organisation. Contact us to discuss: email office@whatworkswithoffenders.co.uk - or call 0116 241 8331. We will be pleased to hear from you.


4.  Become a tutor for the course
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In order to achieve this you need to become an APT associate. If you are successful in achieving this then you can tutor the course in your own organisation, simultaneously saving your organisation half the course fee. There are also significant other benefits to being an associate. If you are a senior clinician with a real flair for putting things across, then contact us to discuss: email office@whatworkswithoffenders.co.uk - or call 0116 241 8331. We will be pleased to hear from you.

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As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course.



 
 
   
 
Feedback for the Cognitive Approaches to Working With Offenders training course:


“I found that the course was very practical and I can envisage myself using what I have learnt with my clients immediately.”

Katherine Coates, Case Manager


“Thank you – lovely and satisfying balance of knowledge and practical exercises. Loved anecdotes to heighten understanding. Loved brain structure information. Very patient trainer and informative.”

Stephen Doherty, IOM Worker


“I really enjoyed this course and it was presented very well. I now feel confident in challenging clients more about their offending without coming across as being judgemental.”

Felicia Olaniyan, IOM Worker


“I did learn some very helpful interventions that I will definitely use in my work with clients. Very good day – enjoyed myself.”

Steve Barber, Substance Misuse Worker


“The course covered everything I wanted it to cover and will hopefully give staff the confidence to address offending behaviour rather than see it as a taboo subject.”

Sarah Richardson, DAAT Criminal Justice Commissioner


“This course has heightened my awareness around assessing and speaking with offenders. To be able to implement some of the tools would be very beneficial for the workers and clients.”

Renee Brotzman, Deputy Service Manager


“A good refresher of CBT and motivational skills and made me aware of how much I already use in my day to day work with clients. Looking forward to transferring knowledge learned from today to implement in my area of practice.”

Lesley Hegarty, Senior Substance Worker


“I liked the science bit regarding the brain and different functions that helped me understand why we behaviour the way in which we do.”

Tonny Sidden, Arrest Referral Worker



“Really well delivered. Interesting and clearly presented.”

Jason Child, IOM Case Worker


“It was a well organised and paced training day. Very relevant and user friendly course. Really enjoyed it!!”

Lisa Caughey, Senior Dip Liaison Worker


“Interesting – 1st time I have focused on offending. Good examples of the work in practice/how the presenter had used his knowledge over the years."

Gerry Hersey, Drugs Worker


“Enjoyed the day – added to my tool box of knowledge/skills. Thank you.”

Steve Lodge, Nurse (Substance Misuse)



   




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