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Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke

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

This training is available in three formats:

Option 1 - Certificate in Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke (1 Day Course)

SDS Ltd delivers in your organisation the course Certificate in Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke to large groups of between 20 and 50 delegates. The course is accompanied with free course materials for each delegate containing training presentation and reference list. Materials are copyrighted and are usable only by named delegates who attended the training.

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

Option 2 - Certificate in Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke - Train The Trainer (2 Day Course)

SDS Ltd delivers in your organisation "Train the Trainer" courses for Certificate in Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke in addition to attending Option 1. These would be small group workshops (up to 20 delegates) that address issues of running effective training groups in connection with psychological skills regarding strokes, dealing with difficult issues that might arise during such training and reviewing frequently asked topic related questions. With this option you purchase of a License that enables you (for 3 years) to use the PowerPoint Presentation for course across the whole of your organisation.

Day 1

  • Preparation issues for running the Certificate in Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke
    • Staff selection for the course
    • Staff “mix” and its’ implications for the course
    • Training resource requirements
    • Recruitment and communication issues
    • Background on materials and their production
    • Submission issues for optional Assessed Certificate In Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke
    • Options In structuring the Certificate course
  • Patient assessment and applicability for teaching psychological coping skills
    • Mood assessment tools and their use post stroke
    • Identifying Neurological, Psychological and Social factors
    • Assessing patient limitations in using psychological coping skills
    • Risk issues and management
  • The evidence base for the coping strategies within the course (overview)
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
    • Background and theoretical underpinnings
    • Model of change and client resources
    • General issues of use post stroke
  • Scaling
    • Case studies, exercises and discussion
    • Common problems, FAQ and how to address them
  • “Eliciting success behaviour”
    • Case studies, exercises and discussion
    • Common problems, FAQ and how to address them inc. unrealistic patient expectations

Day 2

  • Cognitive approaches to working with anxiety, depression and anger post stroke (1)
    • Background and theoretical underpinnings and use post stroke
    • Background requirements of staff in using cognitive approaches within the Certificate course
    • Using record sheets to identify NATs in conversation with patients
    • Enabling staff to motivate patients to keep their own records of NATs
    • Case study and exercises
    • Enabling staff to make links with patients between NATs, behavior and mood
    • Common problems, FAQ and how to address them
  • Cognitive approaches to working with anxiety, depression and anger post stroke (2)
    • Working with the moderation of negative beliefs
    • Generating alternatives – Options with staff
    • Case study and exercises
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) and its relationship with Behavioural Activation
    • Theoretical background and implications and the use of MI post stroke
    • Case Studies and Exercises
    • FAQs from staff in MI training and tips for addressing behavioural activation problems
  • Teaching Mindfulness exercises to staff to be used with patients
    • Theoretical background and use
    • The use of the recorded Mindfulness exercise
    • Exercise
    • Helping staff to deal with common problems that occur when teaching mindfulness exercises
    • FAQ
  • Problem Solving Skills training
    • The use of the problem solving skills worksheet
    • Common issues that arise for both staff and patients
    • Addressing insolvable problems or those without a clear end point
    • Exercises and case study

Option 3 (recommended) - Certificate in Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke - Train The Trainer (3 Day Course)

We deliver Option 1 & Option 2 PLUS extra components which may be purchased either separately or together and which provide the systematic clinical supervision and support needed to fulfill governance requirements:

  • 3.1.A Troubleshooting Training Day
  • 3.1.B Distance Supervision & Support Package

On top of each option we can offer follow-up training days for your staff - annually or six-monthly at a reduced rate, plus ongoing telephone and email support and supervision packages.

Option 3 includes:

All details contained in Option 2 plus

  • One day follow up to the 2 day Train the Trainer course
  • Individual Training Support packs (branded with your organizational logo on request) for each Train The Trainer delegate containing Trainer Notes on a Slide By Slide basis for the Option 1 Power Point presentation plus introductory and follow up notes, extensive FAQs (tailored to your needs) and up to date references. Selected and guided reading lists with annotations.
  • Unlimited email support from Paul Grantham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (author and trainer of the Certificate) for all Option 3 delegates for 1 year from the date that Option 2 is delivered

Plus all Option 2 features inc.

  • Individual professionally produced materials for delegates (branded with your organizational logo on request) containing PDFs of Train The Trainer PowerPoint presentation, copiable worksheets used during the day for use with patients, broadcast quality copiable Mindfulness exercises for staff to use following training
  • Details of Online Assessed Competency Certificate in Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke for all their trained staff to access
  • Access to professionally produced Option 1 materials for delegates who attend their training inc. worksheets and Mindfulness exercise
  • 3 year License with unlimited use of Option 1 Training disc materials plus copiable worksheets and Mindfulness exercise contained on Option 2 Training materials, plus the rights to replicate Option 1 course materials inc. worksheets and Mindfulness exercises.

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
B.A. (Oxon), M.Sc, M.Clin.Psychol., BABCP (Accred)

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. Having originally taken a degree in history at Oxford University, Paul chose to make Psychology his professional career and took an MSc degree in Psychology at Sussex University followed by training as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist including primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health and has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Paul has a particular interest in people motivation for change, resistance and reasons of why people do NOT change and currently focuses on practical applications of resource based therapies. He has presented and written on a range of psychological issues with particular emphasis on working with clients’ inner resources for overcoming problems.

Paul is registered with the HPC, an 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 a founder and Director of SDS Training Company and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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