CPD Online is an e-learning resource provided by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The website contains a range of learning modules and podcasts that provide a flexible, interactive way of keeping up to date with progress in mental health. College members may use CPD Online for up to 25 CPD points in the UK. Access to the modules is through annual subscription, but we also offer a series of free modules for you to trial first.
For more information, visit the CPD Online website: www.psychiatrycpd.org
Recent modules and podcasts
In this Quickbite module we expand on previous CPD Online modules on eating disorders, with a specific focus on severe and enduring eating disorders (SEED). We discuss treatment approaches, risk assessment and monitoring, and consider factors such as physical complications (e.g. osteoporosis and renal failure), sense of identity, social isolation and stigma. We also look at the impact on family and carers, and at some of the challenges clinicians face when treating patients with SEED. CPD credits: 0.5
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. CPD credits: 0.5
The increased risk of psychological problems in the children of depressed parents has been widely studied, but less is known about their long-term outcomes. In this podcast, Professor Myrna Weissman talks to Raj Persaud about the results of a 30-year follow-up study into the biological offspring of depressed parents. CPD credits: 0.5
Health anxiety is generally badly managed in ordinary practice as practitioners tend to be more concerned with excluding disease than with identifying abnormal concerns and intervening appropriately. However, treatments are now available that all doctors can give, particularly cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) adapted for health anxiety. This second module explains how practitioners with little previous knowledge of CBT can successfully give this intervention and maintain its value in the long term. CPD credits: 1
Many psychiatrists are unaware of the nature of health anxiety and its significance to the morbidity and behaviour of people who suffer from it. This is because most of these patients are convinced that the answers to their problems are in the hands of general doctors and so consult them widely. This module shows how health anxiety is often hidden in practice, how it develops and is maintained, and how it can be detected. Health anxiety: Part 2: cognitive-behavioural therapy will be published in January 2017. CPD credits: 1
A 2016 study led by Dr Charles Raison found that raising the body temperature of depressed volunteers through whole-body hyperthermia treatment improved their symptoms of major depression for up to 6 weeks. In this podcast Dr Raison talks to Raj Persaud about how the treatment works, the effect it has on the brain, and how these findings could be built upon in future research. CPD credits: 0.5