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Welcome to the April 2017
CPD Online eNewsletter
We are delighted to report that our CPD Online module update
programme has already seen 21 modules updated or reviewed in 2017,
in addition to our newly published modules and podcasts, keeping
our peer-reviewed eLearning resources as up to date as possible.
Read more about this programme and view the
most recently updated modules
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Growth and renewal in spring
By Dr Elspeth Pike, CPD Online Trainee Editor
It is a cliché that spring is a time of
rebirth and renewal but, as with all good clichés, there is a
central truth to this one. Perhaps the sense of a new beginning has
inspired you to face the challenge of a new topic or the longer
days are giving you the energy to explore a neglected area for
development. If so, you may appreciate the updated and revised
materials available on CPD Online. Anyone who is feeling the
benefit of the extended hours of daylight and enjoying the freedom
from our heavy coats recognises that the seasons influence our
mental state. For some of our patients this influence extends to
significant pathology – Seasonal affective
disorder. Both modules on this topic have recently been updated
and cover the history, epidemiology, diagnosis and current
management of this condition.
Spring is also a popular time to make positive
changes to our lifestyles. The updated Feeling better – lifestyle management for chronic
mental disorders module aims to familiarise professionals with
the relationship between mental health, physical health and
lifestyle. Completing this module will help professionals develop
the knowledge and skills to support patients to make positive
It’s not just the CPD Online modules that are
updated – legislation is being revised and the module on Children's mental health within Scottish
legislation has been reviewed to reflect the recent changes in
Scottish Law. These are just some highlights. CPD Online resources
will continue to be updated and expanded, just like the renewal and
growth of the current season.
Quickbite: Severe and
enduring eating disorders
This Quickbite expands on previous CPD Online modules on
eating disorders, with a specific focus on severe and enduring
eating disorders. It discusses treatment approaches, risk
assessment and monitoring, and considers factors such as physical
complications, sense of identity, social isolation and stigma.
An introduction to
This module introduces mindfulness and discusses how this
ancient meditation practice now plays a part in evidence-based
therapeutic approaches, with a particular focus on approaches that
stem from mindfulness-based stress reduction. The experiential
elements of this module make it a little different to most of our
People with intellectual
disabilities in criminal justice settings
This module aims to provide an overview of
important facts associated with intellectual disabilities (ID) and
specific concerns relevant to people with ID with forensic issues.
It also aims to emphasise and demonstrate the importance of
communicating effectively – particularly during the initial
Substance misuse in older
Substance misuse in older people is a growing public health
problem and is often overlooked. This module looks at the
diagnosis, epidemiology, assessment and treatment of substance
misuse in older people.
sympathies for violent protest and
Support for violent extremism, and participation in such
activity, is believed to be associated with radicalisation among
some individuals, yet little empirical research has been conducted
into its relationship with mental illness. In this podcast,
Professor Kamaldeep S Bhui talks to Dr Raj Persaud about his latest
research on the links between psychological problems and sympathies
for violent protest and terrorism (SVPT) in a community-based
View our most popular modules and podcasts
Highlights of the March
Therapeutic risk-taking: a justifiable
Therapeutic risk-taking enables patients to
make decisions regarding their own safety and to take risks to
promote personal development and recovery. Felton et al examine
therapeutic risk-taking, recognising the challenges and dilemmas
involved in supporting it in practice and debating how they may be
Clinical formulation: where it came
from, what it is and why it matters
Preparing a clinical formulation has rightly become a
multidisciplinary exercise involving the whole clinical team and,
even more important, the patient and their carers. Baird et al use
fictitious cases to show the principles of formulation in different
We are always keen to hear your ideas for new module and podcast
topics. Information about writing for CPD Online can be viewed on
our Contribute page.
If you are interested in contributing or if you would like to
make a topic suggestion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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