2.5 days

About this course

Course overview

The Adolescent Psychotherapy Q-Set (APQ) is a psychotherapy process measure which provides a language and rating procedure for describing the therapeutic process in adolescent psychotherapy in clinically relevant terms and in a form suitable for quantitative comparison and analysis. Developed by Ana Calderon, Nick Midgley, Celeste Schneider and Mary Target, the APQ is an adaptation of the Psychotherapy Process Q-set (PQS) developed by Enrico Jones (1985; 2000), and the Child Psychotherapy Q-set (CPQ) developed by Celeste Schneider and Enrico Jones (2004). The PQS has been widely used in research investigating the therapeutic process in adult treatments and is recognized for its effectiveness in capturing the complexity of the psychotherapy process.

The course will cover

This course, which will be led by Ana Calderon, will give participants an opportunity to learn in detail about how the APQ can be used as a clinical research tool, whether in single-case studies or in studies using larger samples. The training will include some background and history of research exploring the therapeutic process in adolescent psychotherapy (across a range of treatment modalities), but is primarily a hands-on, practical training course. Those attending the course will be provided with copies of the training manual and will have the opportunity to develop their skills in rating audio-taped sessions of psychotherapy with young people.

There is an option for those who wish it to also receive additional input post-training to become accredited as a reliable APQ rater.

Who is this course suitable for?

This training is suitable for clinical practitioners and researchers working with adolescents interested in using validated research measures (APQ) to learn more about the process of adolescent psychotherapy. Participants will develop systematic skills in detailed coding and analysing of the psychotherapy process with young people. 

Please note that delegates will need to bring a laptop to the training - a tablet would not suffice.

Aims of the course?

  • To offer an introduction to psychotherapy process research with adolescents
  • To provide an opportunity to become a trained rater of the Adolescent Psychotherapy Q-set (APQ).
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Reliability Test

In order to become accredited as a reliable APQ rater, participants are required to complete the Reliability Test which includes the additional coding of five psychotherapy sessions. Those that choose to do the Reliability Test will be given an encrypted memory stick containing five psychotherapy sessions and instructions at the end of the Psychotherapy Q-set with Adolescents training. Raters who do not achieve an adequate reliability on their first Reliability Test can be provided with five more sessions at an additional cost and repeat the process. On successful completion of the Reliability Test you will be authorised to use the APQ for research purposes.

Please note, accreditation will only be given to those who successfully complete the Reliability Test. There is an additional £100 reliability fee if you wish to undertake the process of gaining APQ accreditation, and an additional cost of £50 for the second Reliability Test, if needed.