CPD Online eNewsletter April 2017

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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Educational feature:


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 lifestyle changes.


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.



New modules:


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 mindfulness

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 other modules.





Updated modules:


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 assessment.




Substance misuse in older people

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.






New podcast:


Pathways to sympathies for violent protest and terrorism

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 sample.



Forthcoming modules:


  • A guide to medico-legal report writing
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • The care of transgender people
  • Prison psychiatry: Parts 1 and 2


View our most popular modules and podcasts



New from BJPsych Advances:


Highlights of the March issue:


Therapeutic risk-taking: a justifiable choice

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 overcome.




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 psychiatric situations.





Call for topics!


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 cpdonline@rcpsych.ac.uk



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With best wishes,

The CPD Online Team



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