Improving access to psychological therapies

Accreditation

Our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society who we work with to ensure that quality standards in education and training are consistently met.

Recognition of the personal and social cost of unmet mental health need within primary care has lead to a government supported initiative to broadened access to psychological therapies. This has expanded and developed the range of cognitive behavioural work roles and introduced psychological wellbeing practitioners. A new role designed to deliver accessible and adaptable step two services that bring the least intrusive evidence based cognitive behavioural treatments to all people who experience mild to moderate depression or anxiety. This role represents the cutting edge of psychological services in the community.

Why study with us?

We offer the opportunity to gain the clinical skills associated with the psychological wellbeing practitioner role as part of the national initiative to Improve Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). The course meets the national curriculum guidelines, on completion allowing our graduates to establish themselves as a psychological wellbeing practitioner to work in any service and enables them to apply for accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Our courses allow you to develop a high level of knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in treating people in primary care settings who experience mild to moderate clinical anxiety and depression. We also help you develop the skills necessary to use a range of evidence-based, cognitive-behavioural treatment protocols.

In addition you gain the skills and understanding needed to work within an integrated, stepped care service delivery model for people who experience mental health issues. The programme team consists of highly experienced academics and psychological wellbeing practitioners, and draws on the direct experiences of the service users.

Our courses

We offer two levels of training:

  • Graduate Certificate Psychological Well-Being Practitioner

    This course is ideal if you don't already have a relevant degree, and enables you to address common mental health problems (anxiety and depression) and the use of evidence-based practices for such issues. You are provided with training aimed at the implementation of packages of cognitive-behaviour therapy (eg supported self-help) and an understanding of common pharmacological approaches to care.


  • Postgraduate Certificate Psychological Well-Being Practitioner

    This course is suitable if you already have a relevant degree. It enables you to address common mental health problems (anxiety and depression) and the use of evidence-based practices for such issues. You are provided with training aimed at the implementation of packages of cognitive-behaviour therapy (eg supported self-help) and an understanding of common pharmacological approaches to care.


How to apply

You must be working within an IAPT service as a trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner. Employers advertise these roles on NHS jobs and also, as many providers are now voluntary or independent sector, through national media.

We work closely with these organisations and we usually form part of their interview selection panels. This ensures that your suitability for training as part of the employment selection process. Following a successful employment interview you will be asked to complete a University of Essex application form. If there is no University representative at your interview, you will need to attend an independent interview to assess your suitability for training.

We are currently unable to accept self-funding students on these programmes at this time.

Contact us

IAPT Administrator

Telephone 01206 874488

Email hhsiapt@essex.ac.uk