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Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke (Certificate Course)

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Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The course aims to provide basic introductory training in evidence based psychological interventions to be used with stroke patients.

The training is developed from the NHS’ National Stroke Strategy (2007) and more specifically the Accelerated Stroke Programme (2010) which has set targets of 40% of all stroke patients by April 2011 to receive “ psychological support for mood, behaviour or cognitive disturbance by six months after stroke.”

The course aims to provide background information and “stand alone” psychological interventions to be used within the context above including the following:

  • Epidemiological evidence of the size of the problem
  • Manifestations of depression, anxiety and anger
  • Assessment issues : Neurological, Psychological, Social, Assessment instruments, the practicalities of assessment
  • The evidence base for psychological interventions relating to stroke, limitations and suggested ways forward
  • The use of Brief Solution Focused strategies post stroke: scaling and description of “success behaviour”
  • The use of CBT and Post Stroke Depression (PSD) and Anxiety: Diary keeping, NATS and intervention strategies
  • Behavioural Activation and its impact on mood
  • The Role Of Motivational Interviewing (MI) Post Stroke
  • Mindfulness Post Stroke and the evidence base for its effectiveness
  • Teaching Problem Solving Skills Post Stroke – Interventions For Both Patients and Carers
  • Review of course goals and progress monitoring
  • Summary and closure
  • Feedback in written form

Read Interview with Paul Grantham, Course's Tutor and Developer, who answers all questions you might have about this course: Click Here

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Course Fees Per Day:Early Bird Discount: £115 + VAT (£138) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials (This discount is valid within 1 month prior to event).
Regular Price: £140 + VAT (£168).

“Very knowledgeable, experienced speaker. Good materials (CDs, handouts etc). Thank you.”
C.F., Clinical Psychologist, The Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (OZC)

“Extremely useful course, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Feel more comfortable in using techniques personally.”
N.F., Stroke Lead Nurse

“I feel very motivated to try to equip other colleagues with the means to increase their confidence in using psychological support therapies in their practice.”
V.J., OT

Course Outline:

09.30 Registration & refreshments for 10 AM start
10.00 Introduction, epidemiological evidence of the size of the problem
10.15 Common emotional issues following stroke: Depression, Anxiety,Anger – their manifestations and service implications
10.30 Assessment issues regarding contributory factors: Neurological, Psychological, Social, Assessment instruments, the practicalities of assessment
10.45 Evidence based strategies for enhancing coping skills: benefits, limitations and suggested ways forward
11.00 Brief Solution Focused techniques post stroke (session 1)
11.15 Refreshments
11.30 Brief Solution Focused techniques (session 2): Scaling, Eliciting "success behaviour"
12.30 Lunch (by own arrangement)
13.30 CBT Strategies for addressing Post Stroke Depression (PSD) and Anxiety: Eliciting and modifying negative automatic thoughts (NATs), Diary keeping, other intervention strategies
14.00 The role of behavioural activation and increasing motivation trough Motivational Interviewing (MI)
14.45 Refreshments
15.00 Mindfulness Training and its use in developing attentional and memory skills post stroke
15.45 Problem Solving Skills - An evidence based package: interventions for both Patients and Carers
16.15 Review of course goals and progress monitoring. Summary and closure. Feedback in written form
16.30 Finish

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work. Paul is the Chair of the BABCP Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Special Interest Group.

Paul is the founder and Director of The Skills Development Service Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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