Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions PG Cert
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
Mode of study
- Part-time 7-9 months
- UK/EU Full-time: Students are not able to self-fund. See Application and Entry section.
- Overseas Full-time: Students are not able to self-fund. See Application and Entry section.
- All applicants: 27 May 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
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.
Why should I 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.
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.
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.
Further details available on subject website:
Places on this programme are funded by NHS Education Commissioning.
Scholarships available for this department
For current students in their final year of a research programme in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This award is based on academic merit. Students must contact the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences for application information.
Awarded for academic merit
To reward academic merit.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Entry to this programme is through employment with an IAPT site. Positions are co-ordinated centrally and advertised via UCL Admissions. Recruitment is organised in tranches with the application process open for a limited period only each year. Recruitment for 2014/2015 is due to open on 9 May and the application deadline is 27 May 2014. We are unable to accept applications at any other point in the year. Please note: the Application pack contains essential information and instructions on how to complete the application form for this programme and candidates will be unable to successfully complete their application without referring to this.
Who can apply?
Applicants are required to have worked with people who have experienced mental health problems, and have a broad understanding of mental health issues and the primary care context. Applicants should also have good communication skills, and the ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn how your knowledge, experience, and skills fit with the person specification for this position. Applications to this position are extremely competitive and therefore they should be well-written and tailored to this position.
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.
For further details, please visit the NHS Careers website: www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/psychological-therapies.shtml.
Options for career development include progression to become a more senior PWP worker, or to pursue a career in related fields such as IAPT high intensity therapy, teaching, social work and clinical psychology.
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