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
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
People with psychosis experience difficulties with social functioning; however, many will have informal caregiving relationships with relatives, particularly at first onset. The NICE clinical guidelines recommend family interventions for service users in regular contact with families, as well as supportive interventions for carers themselves. This module provides an overview of the impact of the caregiving role and the clinical needs of psychosis patients who have regular contact with families. CPD credits: 1
Mental health and illness is a subjective experience and a social process, thus culture plays a crucial role in clinical presentation, assessment, treatment, planning and compliance. This module will determine what cultural psychiatry is, and explore how culture relates to mental health. You will also learn about the cultural influence on psychopathology and gain a better understanding of the use of cultural information in clinical decision making. CPD credits: 1