Behaviour Change Skills (BCS) Courses
Healthcare practitioners work in a variety of settings where health behaviour change, is the expected outcome of any intervention.
Traditionally, healthcare professionals have been trained to give advice that is correct, up to date and based on scientific evidence and this is recognised as part of their expertise.
Current knowledge from the field of health behaviour change indicates that giving advice alone is not enough to bring about change. Many practitioners have recognised the importance of this and have incorporated behavioural approaches into their consultations.
Although Behaviour Change Skills are seen as important in influencing health behaviour, there is a lack of agreement and understanding about what is meant by ‘Behaviour Change Skills’ (BCS).
BCS are a medley of approaches taken from the world of psychology, which can be applied in traditional clinical settings. ‘Motivational Approaches’ (adapted from Motivational Interviewing) and ‘Cognitive Behavioural Approaches’ (adapted from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) are currently viewed as the psychological approaches that are best suited to everyday practice.
However, in order to use these approaches effectively, practitioners need to have a good understanding of the theory underlying health behaviour change and have a strong possession of good interpersonal skills.
BCS Courses have been developed to provide a modular progressive learning programme, which will help practitioners develop the skills required to be effective health behaviour change agents.
We offer the following courses:
Behaviour Change Skills – Part 1
Aims to help practitioners develop the essential reflective listening skills, which are vital for effective practice. On this course, you will learn:
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Behaviour Change Skills – Part 2
Aims to provide practitioners with key motivational strategies that can influence change. These are underpinned by the key skills and approach covered on Part 1. On this course, you will learn:
Advanced Behaviour Change Skills: Part 3
Aims to provide practitioners with a firm understanding of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy and the key strategies that can be usefully applied in practice.
This course can only be accessed by those who have done Behaviour Change Skills Part 1 & 2
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