Certificate in Self Care (for Mental Health Professionals)


Our free 2 hour CPD certificate gives you the knowledge and skills to implement the right self-care for you.

Course Introduction

Those of us who work in mental health are often faced with a difficult question: how do we care for our own wellbeing when we dedicate ourselves to caring for others?

Over the course of this CPD you will explore why self-care is important for mental health professionals and how to make it work for you. By the end of the 2 hours, you will have the skills, resources and tools to prioritise your own wellbeing in the challenging world we live in, both now and into the future.

Throughout the course you will find academic and scientific research interwoven with practical tips and techniques for working self-care into your daily routine. The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed our mental health services to the limits but also the staff who support it. Because self-care is so important, we are providing this course for free.

As with all of our training, each of the modules is broken down into manageable sections, so you can pick up and leave the course to fit around your other commitments.

Self-care is a career long way to support your own mental and physical wellbeing (at home and work) as well as improving your professional skills.


Course Structure

CPD takes precious time out of day so we have worked to ensure this course brings clear benefits to your working (and personal) life. To do this, the course is broken into three learning themes which work together to help you to create a practical and career long self-care plan:

  • Understanding the need for self-care
  • Overcoming barriers that can prevent good wellbeing and might have stopped your previous efforts
  • Complete and implement your own self-care plan

Course modules include:


Course Structure list for Self Care Mental Health CPD - Module 1 Understand, Module 2, Overcome, Module 3, Implement, Module 4, Course Summary

Within the modules we will cover such topics as:

  • What is compassion fatigue?
  • Who experiences secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma and how we might avoid or minimise the potential for them?
  • How to write a self-care plan that works with practical tips as well as theory (including a worksheet and activities)

Who is it for?

We have specifically designed the course to help those who are already trained to support the mental health of others. For example, the following professions may benefit from the course:

  • Counsellors and therapists
  • Mental health nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Support Workers
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Healthcare or charity/voluntary workers who deal with the mental health of individuals
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists

It is also suitable for students who are training to become qualified in this area.

If you need a course specifically tailored to your own organisation, please get in touch with us via our Contact Us page.


Entry Requirements

If you meet the description above (i.e., you are trained to work in mental health) then all you need to do is enrol and get started.

Unfortunately, the course is not open to members of the general public. If you do not meet the criteria above but are looking for a course for your organisation please get in touch via our Contact Us page.


How do I apply?

If you are ready to start your training, click the link below and get started. Our courses are all online and designed to be completed at your own pace. You can start whenever you want and you have two months to complete your learning once you have enrolled.

Does you workplace need bespoke self-care advice?

We work closely with organisations to develop bespoke staff training courses. Best of all, our online courses are ideal for working from home and social distancing. Get in touch with us now to discuss your needs.