Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions PG Cert


This diploma provides the formal training required as part of a student's employment within their Primary Care Trust as a Low Intensity Trainee. Students on this programme will secure a placement working as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP). PWPs work within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 9 months

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £Fee available on request form the department
  • Overseas Full-time: £Fee available on request form the department

Application date

  • All applicants: 31 August 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 Practitioners (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 120 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (30 credits each) which are based on the Richards and Whyte (2011) Reach Out National Curriculum for Low Intensity Interventions.

Core Modules

  • Recognition: Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
  • Recovery: Evidence-based Low-Intensity Treatment with Common Mental Health Problems
  • Respect: Values, Policy, Culture and Diversity
  • Reflection: Working within an Employment, Social and Healthcare Context

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

Not Applicable.

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:


Funding

Places on this programme are funded by the Strategic Health Authority. For further details, visit the IAPT website at www.iapt.nhs.uk

Scholarships available for this department

Sully Scholarship

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.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Awarded for academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

To reward academic merit.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

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.


Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

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. Applications cannot be made through UCL. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2014. Positions are co-ordinated centrally and advertised on NHS jobs.net. Recruitment is organised in tranches. Details of forthcoming recruitment drives are advertised on the IAPT website at: www.iapt.nhs.uk.

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?

Entry to this programme is through employment with an IAPT site. Applications cannot be made through UCL. Positions are co-ordinated centrally and advertised on NHS jobs.net. Recruitment is organised in tranches. Details of forthcoming recruitment drives are advertised on the IAPT website at: www.iapt.nhs.uk.


Career

The Postgraduate Diploma is the formal training required as part of the student's employment as an IAPT Low Intensity Trainee. Trainee PWPs are appointed at band 4 and upon successful completion of the programme trainees will move to being qualified PWPS. It is anticipated that trainees will stay in these positions after completing the programme to consolidate their knowledge and skills.

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 LI worker, or to pursue a career in related fields such as IAPT high intensity therapy, teaching, social work and clinical psychology.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Olga Lupu

W: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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