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Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice

Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice
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Course overview

In 2008 the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies project began in order to improve the capacity of psychological therapy services for people with common mental health problems (depression and anxiety) in the UK. The psychological wellbeing practitioner role was created as part of this project in order to support the delivery of psychological therapies within a stepped care system.

The stepped care system is promoted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which works on the principle of offering the least intrusive and most effective treatment (low intensity interventions) in the first instance and increasing the intensity of treatment as required. This accredited programme provides education and training that meets the requirements of the Department of Health (2015) curriculum for psychological well-being practitioners by:

  • providing you with a substantial knowledge base appropriate to master's level study
  • facilitating the acquisition of 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 and development planning
  • ensuring you are prepared to meet the challenges of current and future contemporary mental health services.

Where you study

Teesside University campus. To meet the required clinical and supervision requirements of the course you must be working within an IAPT service with access to a qualified PWP supervisor.

This may be as an employed trainee (throughNHS jobs) or on a voluntary contract. IAPT services interview with the course team for the voluntary placements.

 

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Course details

There are eight core themes that run through the award via three modules. They help you to make clear links between theory and practice and include:

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

Course structure

Core modules

Advancing 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. You are provided with opportunities to gain knowledge of the incidence, prevalence and presentation of common mental health problems and are introduced to behaviour change theory and cognitive behavioural theory. The module will be delivered over a period of ten weeks, with an initial five-day intensive workshop at the beginning followed by a further five days of theoretical teaching including skills practice and clinical simulations and five days undertaking directed practice-based learning in the workplace. You are expected to complete a range of assessment and intervention clinical contact hours with clients experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or depression. Summative assessment comprises three components: a brief video-recorded triage assessment with a written formulation assignment, a video-recorded, problem-focused assessment simulation and the achievement of practice outcomes.

Advancing Low Intensity Intervention Skills for Common Mental Health Problems

You develop knowledge and skills in relation to a range of 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. The module will be taught over a period of ten weeks, with an initial five-day intensive workshop at the beginning of the module followed by a further five days of theoretical teaching including skills practice and clinical simulations and five days undertaking directed practice-based learning in the workplace. You are also expected to complete clinical contact hours with clients. Summative assessment comprises three components: a written examination an audio video-recorded intervention session (face to face) and the achievement of practice outcomes.

Advancing Reflective, Non-Discriminatory Practice

You explore the concepts of inclusion and multi-culturalism aiming to equip them with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to operate ethically and competently within a multi-agency health and social care system. You gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s health, social and occupational needs and the services which can support people to recovery. The module will develop clinical management, liaison and decision-making competencies in the delivery of support to patients, particularly where people require intervention or advice outside the core low-intensity evidence-based interventions through the use of supervision. The module is delivered over a period of ten weeks, including theoretical teaching and skill development and directed practice-based learning in the workplace. You are also expected to complete clinical contact, clinical skills supervision and case management supervision hours. Summative assessment comprises a video-recorded clinical case presentation, a 3, 000-word essay and the achievement of a Practice Outcomes Portfolio.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

There will be a range of strategies used to support your learning in the classroom including short lectures, presentations, role-plays and other activities. However your active participation is essential and you are expected to:
- share your experiences and learning with other students (without breaching client confidentiality)
- deliver presentations and are encouraged to use effective information giving techniques
- use self-administered workbooks (electronic and manual) that are designed to support learning in relation to subject knowledge whilst also encouraging students to reflect upon the use of self-help strategies
- participate in problem-based learning to develop decision making and problem solving skills
- complete directed practice tasks in the workplace to encourage skill application and practice
- use personal reflection and personal development planning
- participate fully in simulation activities and make use of feedback from peers, module tutors and practice supervisors
- be challenged in order to develop emotional intelligence
- use self-assessment tools (technical and emotional intelligence skills)
- be gradually exposed to being video recorded in tasks, activities and role-play.

How you are assessed

Assessment is through role-play and real patient activities, an examination, written assignments, and practice competencies.

 
 

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a degree.

You must be working in a fully functioning IAPT service so 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.

To apply to self-fund the PWP course then apply online. Some IAPT services offer voluntary contracts, each service have different terms and conditions however all will provide PWP supervision. Interviews for these voluntary contracts will be arranged by the course leader.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

 

Employability

Career opportunities

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

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,680 a year

More details about our fees

  • Length: within 1 year
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
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Progress

Stand out from other job applicants with your higher level qualification, specialist knowledge and expanded networks.

 

Skills

Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

Campus

Study in our friendly town-centre campus with over £270m recently invested and another £300m over the next 10 years.

 

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