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This certificate provides the formal training required as part of a student's employment within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. Read more
This certificate provides the formal training required as part of a student's employment within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. Students on this programme will secure a placement working as a trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) delivering low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions.

Degree information

Trainees on this programme will gain the knowledge necessary for providing low intensity interventions for clients with mild to moderate depression and anxiety in their primary healthcare work setting, together with the clinical skills essential to assess and engage clients, and to deliver interventions within a guided self-help model.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (20 credits each) which are based on the Richards and Whyte (2011) Reach Out National Curriculum for Low Intensity Interventions. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Recognition: Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
-Recovery: Evidence-based Low-Intensity Treatment with Common Mental Health Disorders
-Respect and Reflection: Diversity and Context in Low Intensity Working

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, skills practice, clinical seminar skills groups, directed reading and e-learning. Assessments are through a combination of written and oral assignments. Written assignments include an examination, a case report and reflective accounts. Oral assignments are role-play client sessions and supervision sessions.

Careers

The Postgraduate Certificate is the formal training required as part of the student's employment as an IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. Trainee PWPs are appointed at band 4 and upon successful completion of the programme will move to being qualified PWPs. It is anticipated that trainees will stay in these positions after completing the programme, working as a qualified PWP in an IAPT service.

Options for career development include progression to senior PWP positions, or moving into related fields such as IAPT high intensity therapy, teaching, social work and clinical psychology.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL programme is run and taught by experienced practitioners in the field, and therefore a balance is achieved between the teaching of the theoretical knowledge needed and the practical skills necessary in training as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP).

Students will receive employment and practical experience in an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service alongside this formal training needed in order to become a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

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Summary. The programme provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills and knowledge in areas of applied psychology related to mental health practice and research. Read more

Summary

The programme provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills and knowledge in areas of applied psychology related to mental health practice and research. It trains and equips students wishing to:

  • Enter further professional training in Clinical, Counselling, Educational or Forensic Psychology;
  • Become more employable for positions in the public and private sector (such as Assistant and Associate Psychologist posts, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner posts, and Research Assistant/Analyst posts);
  • Pursue PhD research in the area of mental health.

In addition, the course has gained full AFT accreditation for Foundation Level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, and full BPS accreditation for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner training. These can be taken as routes within the MSc programme.

This course is undergoing academic revalidation during 2016/17, and course content/modules are subject to change. 

Structure and content

To complete the Masters programme, students are required to successfully complete 180 university credits. Programme Routes: There are three different ‘routes’ that students can take during their time on the programme, depending on their interest or the experience they would like to gain from their training. These routes have been designed because feedback from students suggests that some people like to maintain a broad range of skills and experience, whereas others prefer to focus on a particular area of practice. The route students choose may depend on the kind of work or further training that they want to pursue beyond the MSc course itself (note that all 3 routes include the carrying out of an MSc Research Project):

  • The ‘Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner’ route – This route incorporates training as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP), which is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society. PWPs work in primary care mental health services, delivering low intensity psychological interventions (with a CBT focus) for people experiencing mild to moderate emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. This is a well-established role in mental health services in England, and services in Northern Ireland are developing to include a focus on this way of working. Students taking this route will spend time on clinical placement during the course, arranged by the course team (more on this below).
  • The main course route, entitled ‘Mental Health and Psychological Therapies’ – This route offers a breadth of experience in theory and skills training, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Family Therapy & Systemic Practice skills modules, Advanced Research Methods, and a choice amongst key Mental Health and Professional Issues modules.
  • The ‘Mental Health with Family Therapy and Systemic Practice’ route – this incorporates elements of the main course route (e.g. CBT, Mental Health modules, research methods), as well as Foundation Level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (fully accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice). The training focuses on approaches implemented when supporting families, but also on how these approaches and concepts can be applied to working with individuals. Students on this route must have secured their own work in a therapeutic setting (to enable them to practice systemic therapy skills), including supervision by an accredited therapist.

Professional recognition

British Psychological Society (BPS)  

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) against the requirements for qualification as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

Work placement / study abroad

The programme has a number of opportunities to connect clinical placement experiences with studies on campus. The BPS-accredited Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Training (which composes part of one of the course routes), includes a 9-month clinical placement in low-intensity psychological therapies services, arranged by the course team. The AFT-accredited Foundation Level Training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (which composes part of another course route), includes a module that explores and assesses students' clinical experiences in this area of practice - placement for this module is arranged by students themselves. Finally, the MSc presents a further placement opportunity for students who have completed the course, in the form of a 15-credit standalone placement module ('Clinical Placement in Applied Psychology'). A selection of clinical placements have been secured in Psychology Services in the Western Health and Social Care Trust, in specialisms including Adult Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Paediatric Psychology, Older Adults, Personality Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Services. This post-MSc module is only open to those students who have completed the MSc at Ulster, and students who enrol on this module will be working as the equivalent of Assistant Psychologists on a voluntary basis in these services (length of placements are typically between 6 months and one year).

Career options

Currently, our graduating students are successful in acquiring Assistant Psychologist positions, which with experience is allowing people to apply for Associate Psychologist positions. Others are successful in gaining entry onto Professional Doctorate programmes in Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychology, or PhD scholarships in Psychology across UK and Ireland. In addition, students who undertake the accredited Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training strand within the course will be able to seek accreditation with the BPS for working as a PWP. Finally, students who undertake AFT Foundation Level Training will have completed Stage 1 of 3 in their training to become a qualified Systemic Psychotherapist.



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Recognition of the personal and social cost of unmet mental health need within primary care has led to a government-supported initiative to broaden access to psychological therapies, introducing the cutting-edge role of psychological wellbeing practitioners. Read more
Recognition of the personal and social cost of unmet mental health need within primary care has led to a government-supported initiative to broaden access to psychological therapies, introducing the cutting-edge role of psychological wellbeing practitioners. This brings evidence-based cognitive behavioural treatments to all people who experience mild to moderate depression or anxiety.

You can study Psychological Wellbeing Practice (PWP) with us at one of two levels. Our Graduate Certificate is relevant for those without an undergraduate degree, and our Postgraduate Certificate is relevant for those who already have an undergraduate degree.

Our certificates in PWP enable you to work with people who experience common mental health problems. You will learn to use a range of protocols derived from the best evidence based practice methodologies available. The protocols are drawn from cognitive behavioural theory and utilise self-help processes to empower patients to take control of their own wellbeing needs.

You will learn the coaching and facilitation skills necessary to support this kind of self-help process and receive a full grounding in the theory underpinning these approaches. You will also learn about the service structure underpinning the IAPT initiative which you will be working in during your training.

The University of Essex has a robust academic tradition and achieves regular high levels of student satisfaction. We continue to work with students, service users and practice partners to continue to improve this established track record.

Professional accreditation

Our course is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and it meets the national curriculum guidelines allowing you on successful graduation to establish yourself as a psychological wellbeing practitioner who could work in any service.

It will also allow you to apply for accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Our expert staff

A unique feature of our school is the strong relationship with our practice partners. Presently over half of our teaching team also work as senior psychological wellbeing practitioners in local services and all of our taught sessions include the input of at least one of our practitioner lecturers.

This strong integration of learning, theory and practice allows genuine personal development and skills acquisition to be grounded in the practice arena.

Specialist facilities

As part of the University, you have access to our state-of-the-art library and the very latest equipment and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills. As a School, we have purpose built facilities where you can meet to discuss your progress and ongoing work.

Our staff offer approachable support at all levels. Our university student support network can also offer you help with personal and study issues during your time with us.

You also have access to an excellent theatre and sports and social club experiences at Essex.

Your future

Following training, it is usual for your employing organisation to continue your employment at Band 5. This acknowledges your qualified status. To this point all successful trainees have achieved employment within their training organisation.

PWPs may also go on to achieve senior PWP status and role after a number of years. You may also choose to extend your role into one of the new developing areas in IAPT; opportunities also exist for a small number of PWPs to become more involved in education of new practitioners. Generally PWPs stay within the role deepening their skills and competencies.

Other career development areas may be available in your particular Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services.

Example structure

-Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
-Evidence-based low-intensity treatment for common mental health disorders
-Values, Employment and Context

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Recognition of the personal and social cost of unmet mental health need within primary care has led to a government-supported initiative to broaden access to psychological therapies, introducing the cutting-edge role of psychological wellbeing practitioners. Read more
Recognition of the personal and social cost of unmet mental health need within primary care has led to a government-supported initiative to broaden access to psychological therapies, introducing the cutting-edge role of psychological wellbeing practitioners. This brings evidence-based cognitive behavioural treatments to all people who experience mild to moderate depression or anxiety.

You can study Psychological Wellbeing Practice (PWP) with us at one of two levels. Our Graduate Certificate is relevant for those without an undergraduate degree, and our Postgraduate Certificate is relevant for those who already have an undergraduate degree.

Our certificates in PWP enable you to work with people who experience common mental health problems. You will learn to use a range of protocols derived from the best evidence based practice methodologies available. The protocols are drawn from cognitive behavioural theory and utilise self-help processes to empower patients to take control of their own wellbeing needs.

You will learn the coaching and facilitation skills necessary to support this kind of self-help process and receive a full grounding in the theory underpinning these approaches. You will also learn about the service structure underpinning the IAPT initiative which you will be working in during your training.

The University of Essex has a robust academic tradition and achieves regular high levels of student satisfaction. We continue to work with students, service users and practice partners to continue to improve this established track record.

Professional accreditation

Our course is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and it meets the national curriculum guidelines allowing you on successful graduation to establish yourself as a psychological wellbeing practitioner who could work in any service.

It will also allow you to apply for accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Our expert staff

A unique feature of our school is the strong relationship with our practice partners. Presently over half of our teaching team also work as senior psychological wellbeing practitioners in local services and all of our taught sessions include the input of at least one of our practitioner lecturers.

This strong integration of learning, theory and practice allows genuine personal development and skills acquisition to be grounded in the practice arena.

Specialist facilities

As part of the University, you have access to our state-of-the-art library and the very latest equipment and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills. As a School, we have purpose built facilities where you can meet to discuss your progress and ongoing work.

Our staff offer approachable support at all levels. Our university student support network can also offer you help with personal and study issues during your time with us.

You also have access to an excellent theatre and sports and social club experiences at Essex.

Your future

Following training, it is usual for your employing organisation to continue your employment at Band 5. This acknowledges your qualified status. To this point all successful trainees have achieved employment within their training organisation.

PWPs may also go on to achieve senior PWP status and role after a number of years. You may also choose to extend your role into one of the new developing areas in IAPT; opportunities also exist for a small number of PWPs to become more involved in education of new practitioners. Generally PWPs stay within the role deepening their skills and competencies.

Other career development areas may be available in your particular Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services.

Example structure

-Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
-Evidence-based low-intensity treatment for common mental health disorders
-Values, Employment and Context
-Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
-Evidence-Based Low-Intensity Treatment for Common Mental Health Disorders

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This course provides you with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Read more
This course provides you with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It is part of the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which trains Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) for NHS employment.

The Department of Health's IAPT programme is an innovative approach to address common mental health problems. Through this course you are trained as a practitioner to help those who experience depression and anxiety through use of evidence-based psychological therapies.

Low intensity treatments employ brief, cognitive behavioural therapy approaches through use of vehicles such as guided self-help, forming part of the stepped care system recommended for depression and anxiety disorders. After meeting and assessing a patient, the practitioner supports a therapeutic intervention to help patients with their problems and/or engage with other services that will facilitate them in their recovery.

Our Low Intensity Psychological Therapies Brochure 2017-18 (PDF: 1,130 KB) provides more information about this course. FAQs, links to IAPT resources and information about a 'week in the life of a psychological wellbeing practitioner' and are also included in the publication.

After completing this course, you are eligible to apply for Band 5 PWP posts in NHS organisations. These posts also exist in the private and voluntary sectors.

Delivery and Placements

Most campus based teaching takes place on Mondays, and for the rest of the week you are on placement.

Placements are currently provided around the north east of England in services that treat individuals experiencing common mental health problems through implementation of evidence-based psychological therapies.

On completing this course you can work towards Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) accreditation.

Facilities

Excellent general learning resources are available including access to the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find all workshop and lecture slides, and programme and module handbooks.

The School of Psychology is located in the Ridley Building where you will have access to a postgraduate resources room with networked computers and printer.

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus, this course is aimed at BABCP-accredited therapists, or experienced psychological wellbeing practitioners carrying a low-intensity supervision caseload. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus, this course is aimed at BABCP-accredited therapists, or experienced psychological wellbeing practitioners carrying a low-intensity supervision caseload.

The course aims to equip supervisors with a critical awareness of models of clinical supervision, and the competences required to conduct safe and effective supervision with trainee and qualified psychological wellbeing practitioners.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision: Low Intensity is a rigorous and rewarding supervision training course, which has been benchmarked against:
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) guidance for commissioning supervision training
- Roth and Pilling supervision competences
- IAPT Reach Out materials.

You will be provided with:
- training in the core skills required to deliver (a) Clinical Case Management and (b) Skills Development Supervision, to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners in line with IAPT national recommendations
- constructive, accurate feedback on your supervision skills
- supervision of clinical case management and skills development supervision.

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This course offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity to develop your skills in evidence based low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions for common mental health problems and to gain the accreditation you need to practice as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP). Read more
This course offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity to develop your skills in evidence based low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions for common mental health problems and to gain the accreditation you need to practice as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP).

The Postgraduate Certificate Primary Care Mental Health Practice and Graduate Certificate Promoting Psychological Wellbeing are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) on behalf of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) National Programme. It is nationally recognised for its high quality training provision and highly skilled teaching team in the field of Low Intensity CBT interventions.

INDUSTRY LINKS

Accredited by The British Psychological Society.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Learning takes place in both academic and clinical environments. In university you will be involved in lectures, small group work, role plays, video taped sessions and seminars. You will also be working under supervision with a client group in a primary care setting.

The course is assessed via a variety of methods. Clinical and academic work is integrated through the production of case study presentations and seminar presentations. Role plays are recorded and critiqued and clinical practice documents provide an opportunity to assess practice.

FURTHER INFORMATION

You will develop your competence in psychological clinical assessment and low-intensity CBT interventions, including behavioural activation, exposure and habituation, panic management, cognitive restructuring, sleep management, problem solving and medication concordance. The course is heavily focused upon the development of clinical skills in the IAPT approved clinical methods.

Most mental health problems are managed in primary care. Improving access to services which can effectively treat people experiencing common mental health problems will have a major impact on the health and well-being of the population. Primary care is now the cornerstone of the NHS and needs to be able to meet the growing demands placed upon it. By offering practitioners the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in low intensity interventions and guided self-help for common mental health problems this course hopes to support a work force that can effectively meet the changing needs in primary mental healthcare.

Students will critically examine the history and development of primary care services and the impact that this has had on the developing culture of services and the roles and responsibilities of individuals in contemporary primary care mental health practice. You will also be introduced to concepts of mental health philosophies, models and frameworks for safe and competent mental health care. Collaborative skills in engagement, patient-centred interviewing, problem formulation, goal setting, clinical implementation and routine measurement, the promotion of medication concordance, co-ordination and referral will provide the focus of the course.

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support. Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from the contact details below.

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