Courses

OCTS Courses March to June 2019

Universal Credit for Beginners – 26/03/2019 

Working with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (one-day course, incidence 1 of 2) – 27/03/2019 

Establishing and Maintaining Professional Boundaries – 28/03/2019

Working with Sex Offenders – 02/04/2019

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing Skills (2-day course) – 03/04/2019 and 04/04/2019

Working with Hoarding Behaviour – 01/05/2019

De-escalation Skills – 02/05/2019

Dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour – 15/05/2019

Two-day Listening and Counselling Skills (2-day course) – 16/05/2019 and 17/05/2019

Supervision Skills (2-day course) – 23/05/2019 and 20/06/2019

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – 10/06/2019

Introduction to Risk Assessment and Risk Management – 11/06/2019

Mentoring and Coaching for Managers – 12/06/2019

Working with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (one-day course, incidence 2 of 2) – 18/06/2019

Universal Credit for Beginners
Tuesday 26 March 2019
Peter Turville – Senior Caseworker, Oxfordshire Welfare Rights

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Tue 12/02/2019)

This introductory level course will provide an overview of Universal Credit (UC). Understand who will be required to claim UC, how UC is administered and the key differences between UC and the ‘legacy benefits’ it replaces.

The course will cover

  • Introduction of UC
  • Natural migration
  • Basic qualifying conditions
  • The claim process
  • Assessment periods
  • Payment of UC
  • Issues for claimants and advisers

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Working with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder
Wednesday 27/03/2019
Fiona Blyth and a STAR trainer who has experience of treatment and recovery

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Wed 13/02/2019)

This course is facilitated by two trainers.  One has clinical experience and the other a lived experience of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). They will share their experiences of living with EUPD and of working in specialist services for people with EUPD.

By the end of the course participants will be able to

  • Recognise the presenting features of EUPD
  • Formulate links with past experience and personality development
  • Understand how EUPD can impact on individuals and the people who interact with them
  • Respond effectively to those with EUPD

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Establishing and Maintaining Professional Boundaries
Thursday 28/03/2019
Dee Keane – Independent Trainer

Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Thu 14/02/2019

Where do we draw the line between our service users and ourselves?

Staff can sometimes find themselves uncomfortably torn between heart and head and in potentially damaging situations.  It is vital for all concerned that staff can establish clear boundaries and that they are also able to maintain these appropriately.

This course will give participants a chance to focus on the realities, identifying problem areas, devising strategies and practising skills to support them in their day to day work.

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Working with Sex Offenders
Tuesday 02/04/2019
Ron Macrae  and Dominic Williams
Circles Co-ordinators, Circles of Support and Accountability

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Tue 19/02/2019)

The course aims to:

  • raise awareness and knowledge of the theory and practice relating to treatment and risk management of sex offenders
  • explore the issues of health and safety related to work with this particular group of offenders
  • facilitate a meaningful debate of the issues of personal impact when working with sex offenders and to identify relevant and appropriate coping strategies
  • By the end of the course participants will have:
  • examined their own and societies attitudes and values towards sex offenders
  • gained an understanding of the process by which sex offenders come to offend
  • gained basic knowledge of risk assessment and management of risk
  • recognised personal impact work can have and possible strategies to cope of risk assessment and management of risk
  • recognised personal impact work can have and possible strategies to cope

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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing Skills
Wednesday 03/04/2019 and Thursday 04/04/2019
Mike Octigan -Freelance Trainer

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Wed 20/02/2019)

Motivational Interviewing is an approach that is increasingly being adopted to help individuals develop a commitment to changing established compulsive/addictive behaviours.

This practical and participative two-day course will familiarise participants with the general background and principles of Motivational Interviewing.

It will provide evidence of effectiveness and will teach practical skills.  It will provide opportunities for rehearsing techniques which increase motivation to change.  It will change your practice.

This course is designed as both an introduction for those who wish to develop a basic understanding of MI and for those wish to refresh their skills.

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Working with Hoarding Behaviour
Wednesday 01/05/2019
Jo Cooke – Hoarding Disorders UK

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Wed 20/03/2019)

This training provides an introduction to hoarding disorder and illustrates the impact it has on those affected by hoarding.  It also provides a better understanding of the causes of hoarding behaviour and how it affects people.

During this course participants will explore

  • What is hoarding (mental health classification)
  • Hoarding or chronic disorganisation?
  • Who the disorder can affect and possible triggers
  • How individuals and families live under these conditions
  • Case Studies
  • Multi-agency working, self-neglect, and the Care Act
  • Safeguarding and the Mental Capacity
  • How to assess and plan a strategy
  • Use of the Clutter Image Ratings (CIR’s)
  • Risk factors and signposting
  • Do’s and Don’ts
  • Motivational interviewing

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De-escalation Skills
Thursday 02/05/2019
Max Liddington – Trainer for aggression management

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Thu 21/03/2019)

Could you find yourself in a situation that is likely to erupt into something unmanageable, possibly even with violent consequences?  Using the skills and techniques learnt on this course participants will be able to identify the warning signs and know how defuse a potentially violent event.

This course explores

  • The definitions of the behaviours that are involved in a physical assault – anger, aggression, violence
  • Why people, including those with particular conditions such as dementia or drug and alcohol addictions, display these behaviours
  • The warning signs and the triggers – personal, environmental and staff orientated
  • How to defuse the situation while remaining level-headed
  • The responsibilities of workers and employers to ensure employees are protected while they are at work

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Dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour
Wednesday 15/05/2019
Helen Robinson and Naeem Chudry
ASB Service, Oxford City Council

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Wed 03/04/2019)

Anti- social behaviour (ASB) can be exhibited in many forms and can be increasingly difficult for support staff working in the sector to deal with and to know where to go for support and advice. This course is being run by Helen Wood from the ASB team at Oxford City Council who has extensive experience of dealing with ASB in the community.

This course will explore

  • The legislative framework around ASB
  • What is meant by Anti–Social Behaviour
  • How support workers substantiate complaints of ASB
  • Evidence gathering
  • Implications for residents and providers
  • Best Practice

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Two-day Listening and Counselling Skills
Thursday 16/05/2019 and Friday 17/05/2019
Deborah Lee
Counsellor, Pyschodramatist and Therapist, Freelance Trainer

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Thu 04/04/2019)

This two-day counselling course will give you the opportunity to learn some counselling skills and think about the therapeutic process with a chance to relate them to your own work setting.

Over the two days you will be guided in your practice and develop practical skills to use whilst allowing you to gain a better understanding of the counselling process.

The course aims to give you the confidence and clarity to implement the skills you have learnt.

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Supervision Skills
Thursday 23/05/2019 and Thursday 20/06/2019
Dee Keane – Independent Trainer

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Thu 11/04/2019)

Staff supervision is key to the safe and effective delivery of services. The aim of this two-day workshop is to equip supervisors and managers with some of the basic tools that can be used in supervision.

This will be done by:

  • providing a model of management supervision
  • exploring the purpose of supervision in different organisational contexts
  • clarifying the role of supervision in the ongoing process of appraisal, professional development and service delivery.
  • Participants will gain:
  • a clearer appreciation of the supervision process and content
  • competence in some relevant intervention skills
  • The course will be participative and make use of participants’ own experiences.

IT IS ESSENTIAL TO ATTEND BOTH DAYS IN ORDER TO GAIN FULL BENEFIT

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Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Monday 10/06/2019
Conroy Harris – Freelance Trainer

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Mon 29/04/2019)

The one-day workshop will be a ‘taster’ session that will introduce participants to the basics of the CBT therapy model.

The workshop will be facilitated as an experiential day, with both theoretical teaching and participatory exercises.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and group discussion.

  • What is CBT?
  • The Cognitive Cycle
  • Limited Thinking Patterns/Thought Records
  • Physical Sensations/Body Work
  • Comfort Zone
  • Behavioural Experiments – testing new ways to approach difficult situations/experiences
  • Emotional Tolerance

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Introduction to Risk Assessment and Risk Management
Tuesday 11/06/2019
Lesley Martin – Independent Trainer

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Tue 30/04/2019)

This one-day course will explore the process of making risk assessments and their practical application with regards to the risk management of complex individuals. Whilst the course will focus on those in the criminal justice system, the risk assessment and management process is applicable to many individuals in a variety of environments.

The course will explore the following:

  • What is risk? Why do we need to consider it?
  • The evolution of risk management tools – pros and cons of their application
  • What does a risk assessment look like?
  • Defensible decision making
  • Good vs bad risk assessments
  • Translating assessed risk into a robust risk management plan and applying it

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Mentoring and Coaching for Managers
Wednesday 12/06/2019
Mick Kain – Freelance Consultant and Trainer

(Last day to apply for Early Bird Rate – Wed 01/05/2019)

In pressured and often changing work environments managers need a variety of tools to help them manage and support workers.  A Mentoring and Coaching approach creates a powerful toolkit for developing effective workers and teams.  This one day workshop uses exercises, discussion of our management experience and theoretical frameworks, to explore:

  • What is a Mentoring and Coaching approach to management?
  • When to use, and when not to use, Mentoring and Coaching skills in a managerial context
  • Using a Mentoring and Coaching approach to manage performance
  • Using self-coaching to support your own day to day problem solving

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Working with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder
Tuesday 18/06/2019
Fiona Blyth and a STAR trainer who has experience of treatment and recovery

This course is facilitated by two trainers.  One has clinical experience and the other a lived experience of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). They will share their experiences of living with EUPD and of working in specialist services for people with EUPD.

  • By the end of the course participants will be able to
  • Recognise the presenting features of EUPD
  • Formulate links with past experience and personality development
  • Understand how EUPD can impact on individuals and the people who interact with them
  • Respond effectively to those with EUPD

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