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Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice University Certificate in Advanced Professional Development

This course is an essential part of the Department of Health’s strategy to improve access to psychological therapies, and strives to be synonymous with the 2015 National Curriculum for the Education of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. Successful completion of this course leads to qualification as a psychological wellbeing practitioner.


Course overview

The stepped care system is promoted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It aims to offer the least intrusive and most effective treatment (low-intensity interventions) in the first instance, increasing intensity as required. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and meets the Department of Health’s requirements by:

  • providing you with a substantial knowledge base appropriate to master's level study
  • helping you develop core therapeutic and technical skills that underpin low intensity psychological interventions
  • enabling you to develop a positive attitude and commitment towards lifelong learning and personal development planning
  • ensuring you are prepared to meet the challenges of current and future contemporary mental health services.

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Where you study

Teesside University Middlesbrough campus.


Course details

What you study

What you studyThere are eight core themes that run through three modules, helping you make clear links between theory and practice:

  • clinical supervision
  • caseload management
  • information gathering
  • information giving
  • shared decision-making
  • low-intensity interventions
  • values, policy, culture and diversity
  • personal development planning.

Core modules

Promoting Engagement and Assessment Skills for Common Mental Health Problems
Develop a collaborative and person-centred approach to a range of assessments appropriate to low-intensity working. Gain knowledge of the incidence, prevalence and presentation of common mental health problems, focusing on behaviour change theory and cognitive behavioural theory.

Promoting Low Intensity Intervention Skills for Common Mental Health Problems
Develop your knowledge and skills in relation to evidence-based, low-intensity interventions for people with anxiety or depression, including behaviour change theory and cognitive behavioural theory. You are supported in developing a collaborative, client-centred approach to intervention planning, promoting choice and self-management of recovery.

Promoting Reflective, Non-Discriminatory Practice
Study the concepts of inclusion and multi-culturalism, gaining the knowledge, attitudes and skills you need to operate ethically and competently in the health and social care system. You gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s health, social and occupational needs, and the services that support people to recovery. Develop your clinical management, liaison and decision-making competencies to support patients. This is particularly important where intervention is required outside the core low-intensity advice.

How you learn

You learn through lectures, presentations, role play and other activities. Participation is also encouraged through:

  • sharing experiences and learning with other students, without breaching client confidentiality
  • delivering presentations
  • using self-administered electronic and manual workbooks
  • problem-based learning to develop decision-making skills
  • directed practice tasks in the workplace to apply skills
  • personal reflection and development planning simulation activities
  • feedback from peers, module tutors and practice supervisors.

How you are assessed

The assessment strategy meets the standards of the National Curriculum for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.

You are assessed through role-play and real patient activities, an examination, written assignments and practice competencies.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must be able to show evidence of recent study at level 4.

You must be working in a fully functioning IAPT service. As part of the quality assurance process, services must meet the appropriate standards. It is a course requirement that supervision is provided by a qualified PWP supervisor.

Funded PWP trainee positions are advertised on NHS Jobs by individual IAPT services.

You can apply to self-fund the PWP course online – these places are limited. Some IAPT services offer voluntary contracts, each service has different terms and conditions however all will provide PWP supervision. Interviews for these voluntary contracts will be arranged by the course leader.

Recognition of prior learning will not be possible.



Career opportunities

This award prepares you for your role as a psychological wellbeing practitioner.



2024/25 entry

  • Length: 1 year
  • Start date: January
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 60

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Service users and carers support all aspects of our students' lifecycle from recruitment to graduation.

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