In 2008 the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies project began in order to improve the capacity of psychological therapy services for people with common mental health problems (depression and anxiety) in the UK. The psychological wellbeing practitioner role was created as part of this project in order to support the delivery of psychological therapies within a stepped care system.
The stepped care system is promoted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which works on the principle of offering the least intrusive and most effective treatment (low intensity interventions) in the first instance and increasing the intensity of treatment as required.
This programme provides education and training that meets the requirements of the Department of Health (2011) curriculum for psychological well-being practitioners by:
There are eight core themes that run through the award via three modules. They help you to make clear links between theory and practice and include:
Modules offered may vary.
Where you study
Teesside University campus. There is also a practical element to the programme and so you must have a clinical placement with access to a practice supervisor qualified and experienced to deliver low intensity interventions underpinned by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Assistance will be given to find a suitable placement.
How you learn
Learning is through a combination of presentations, group discussion and role-play activities as well as self-directed study and supervised practice in the workplace.
How you are assessed
Assessment is through role-play and real patient activities, an examination and practice competencies. All written academic work is marked at master’s level.
This award prepares you for your role as a psychological wellbeing practitioner. You are eligible to apply for accreditation with the British Psychological Society.