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Posted by Alison MacColl, Aug 25 2008 6:24PM

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Mental Health First Aid for Therapists – Certificated Course - 2 days CPD - £120

Mental Health First Aid for Therapists – Certificated Course
2 day Course - 10am-4.30pm - Sundays 14th and 21st September 2008 - Edinburgh
Essential Training for Holistic, Spa & Beauty Therapists and Natural Healthcare Practitioners

Minor mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress are common in our society, to the extent that in any year, 1 in 4 of us will suffer from some sort of difficulty of this sort – yet official research shows that many people don’t know what effective treatments are available for these or for more serious conditions.

You may wonder what relevance this has to your practice – but consider just how well equipped you are as a therapist to deal with any of the following scenarios, which you could be faced with today or tomorrow in the course of your work:

 In treating a client you notice scars on her arms that weren’t mentioned in consultation

 A client suffers a panic attack in your treatment room

 During a consultation a client discloses he has been having suicidal thoughts

 A client mentions concerns about hearing unusual voices

Recognising the need for a wide range of healthcare professionals to be able to deal with situations like these, the Scottish Government has introduced this qualification – which can only be obtained by attending a certificated course - as part of its National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The course will teach you to recognise the first signs of someone developing mental ill health, give initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem and promote and support the recovery of good mental health and wellbeing. You would then be able to take safe and appropriate action for the scenarios listed above.

As well as developing you as a therapist and as an individual, this course will help you to run a safer and more professional practice, providing a more complete and better informed service to your clients. The course is eligible for CPD and a certificate will be awarded on completion of the course which certifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. Currently, there is no exam to sit.

If you have any questions about the course or would like to enquire generally about training, please just get in touch. We are always glad to discuss new opportunities and can offer training, coaching and private tuition.

With kind regards,

Alison MacColl, MHFA, T.A.Th.

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