Chandler House
 
 
 
Start date:
September 2012

Content

Structure

The course is modular. All modules are compulsory. The module titles are listed below, and are based on Richards & Whyte (2008) Reach Out National Curriculum for Low Intensity Interventions.

  • Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
  • Evidence-based low-intensity treatment for common mental health disorder
  • Working within a Healthcare, Social Care, Educational and Employment Context with low intensity   CBT interventions
  • Values, Policy, Culture and Diversity  in low intensity CBT interventions

This programme is 45 days in total: 25 are University-based and an additional 20 days are spent in directed study. The course is delivered one day a week, over 3 terms, with the modules integrated over the terms. It incorporates a variety of teaching methods including workshops, skills practice, clinical seminar skills groups, directed reading and e-learning.

The course starts with an intensive block over the first 3 weeks, introducing trainees to the LI course, IAPT and Low Intensity work within a stepped care and primary health care context. Intensive skills days aim to equip trainees with an understanding of depression and anxiety, and the clinical skills essential to assess and engage clients, and to deliver low intensity interventions within a guided self help model.
Subsequent course days continue to teach low intensity interventions and the contextual factors associated with their delivery. These include working with diversity and applications to different client groups, the impact of high volume low intensity working and using supervision to support this.
Joint workshops with High Intensity trainees allow information sharing across the two interventions and within a stepped care model of delivery.
Group supervision is also provided weekly within term time. Trainees present their clinical cases on a rotating basis for group discussion and supervision around a particular clinical theme.

 
 
Teaching

The assessments are a combination of written and oral assignments in each module. Written assignments include an exam, essay, case reports, reflective accounts and clinical logs. Oral assignments are recordings of client sessions. All assessments need to be passed and contribute to the award of the Diploma.

Application

Application

Entry Requirements

Eligibility: Applicants for a UCL graduate programme are normally expected to hold at least a 2.2 in a UK undergraduate degree (or equivalent overseas qualification). Overseas applicant also need to provide evidence of proficiency in English

In addition, applicants for this programme are required to have:

  • evidence of working with people who have experienced a mental health problem
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • a broad understanding of mental health issues and the primary care context.
  • good organisational, and computer skills: word processing and data processing.
  • the ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively.

Entry to this programme is through employment with an IAPT site. Applications for these positions are coordinated centrally and advertised on NHS jobs net. Recruitment is organised in tranches. Details of forthcoming recruitment drives are advertised on the IAPT website. The recruitment for this course takes place once a year, between April and June.

Deadline for Applications
Application Process

Careers

Contact

Staff

Joint Programme Directors

Professor Stephen Pilling

Stephen Pilling is the Director of the British Psychological Society’s Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness (CORE) based in the Research Department of Clinical Education and Health Psychology, University College London where his focus is on health service research including clinical trials in schizophrenia and depression, in particular low intensity interventions. He developed with Tony Roth the CBT competence framework which contributed to the IAPT training syllabus on which this course is based. He is also the Joint Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH), which is responsible for developing the mental health clinical practice guideline for NICE guidelines, and is a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society. He works as Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.

Dr Rachel Newman

Rachel Newman is Joint Programme Director of the Low Intensity Course at UCL. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Service Lead for the Primary Care Mental Health Service in Islington until 2011 moving to focus on the IAPT courses. She has taken a leading role in the supervision, management and training of primary care mental health workers in Islington since their introduction; and in developing low intensity interventions locally. She has considerable experience in cognitive behavioural therapy having completed a post graduate diploma in CBT at Royal Holloway. At UCL she has contributed to the work on developing core competencies in CBT with Stephen Pilling and Tony Roth, using this as a basis to develop and deliver a one year postgraduate course in CBT at UCL for psychologists working in Camden & Islington.

FAQs

What kind of background do you look for in a successful candidate? 

Successful candidates should be educated to degree or equivalent level. This does not need to be a psychology degree. Students should have acquired relevant work experience with people with mental health difficulties. This can be in a health care setting as a health care or nursing assistant, psychology or research assistant; or in a voluntary sector setting e.g. support worker.

How long is the course?

The course runs over an academic year, starting in October.

What kind of background do you look for in a successful candidate? 

Successful candidates should be educated to degree or equivalent level. This does not need to be a psychology degree. Students should have acquired relevant work experience with people with mental health difficulties. This can be in a health care setting as a health care or nursing assistant, psychology or research assistant; or in a voluntary sector setting e.g. support worker.

How long is the course?

The course runs over an academic year, starting in October. The course runs over an academic year, starting in October.How demanding is the course? You will be required to do reading around the lectures and to prepare for supervision each week. As you will be working full time with time allocated to attend the course, you will need to manage and organise your time well especially to meet course deadlines. Study time is included in term time and in term breaks to help you achieve this.

How does the course fit in with my employment? (i.e. hours etc)

The course is a day a week and attendance at all sessions is compulsory. You will be give the time to attend the course days by your manager. Clinical cases for recordings and case reports will be supplied by your clinical work.

Is this a full time course or is there a part time option available?

This is a full time course in conjunction with full time employment and is not available to be studied for part time.

Do I have to pay for the course myself?

Your fees will be paid by the Strategic Health Authority.

Testimonials

“The great thing about the course is that we can apply what we learn directly in our daily practice and it better enables us to help clients overcome their difficulties.  It’s exciting to be part of the IAPT initiative and exchange my experience with trainees from other London boroughs both informally and formally in group supervision”. 

2008-09 IAPT student
     

Recognition Module

"I will take away with me how to conduct a thorough assessment and to adequately assess for risk. I first learnt how to conduct an assessment and then I could build on these skills with the Low Intensity work covered later in the course."

2010-11 IAPT student


"The whole Recognition module was very helpful. I’m still making use of the handouts on Motivational Interviewing techniques, alcohol, and relapse prevention in my daily practice."

2010-11 IAPT student


"I learned a skill which I will have for life."

2010-11 IAPT student
     

Recovery Module

"The Recovery module was a really helpful module, covering the ways in which Low Intensity interventions can be offered for various disorders. Knowing the factual information really helped with offering the basis for clients."

2010-11 IAPT student


"Having specialist external speakers come in to lecture on the course was really valuable; the medication management lecture with the doctor in particular was fantastic as it improved my knowledge about medication."

2010-11 IAPT student
     

Respect Module

"I found all the Respect lectures helpful, I learnt a lot about how to treat people fairly and respectfully, and how to be mindful of other peoples culture, language barriers etc. It was interesting to hear the perspective of a service user and know how to meet their needs."

2010-11 IAPT student


"The respect lectures were all very interesting. They helped you see things from a different perspective not just as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner."

2010-11 IAPT student
     

Reflection Module

"How to develop a problem statement in a succinct way is something that I will take away from the reflection module and use in every formulation."

2010-11 IAPT student

“I learnt how to construct a Problem Statement Summary collaboratively with the patient. My skills developed around working collaboratively with people and empowering them towards their recovery.”

2010-11 IAPT student