Postgraduate study
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

PgCert Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice

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.

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Part-time

  • within 1 year

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2019 entry

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

How you learn

Learning is through a combination of presentations, group discussion and role-play activities as well as self-directed study and supervised practice in the workplace.

How you are assessed

Assessment is through role-play and real patient activities, an examination, written assignments, and practice competencies. All written academic work is marked at master’s level.

Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a degree.

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 the entry requirements in our admissions section


Health conditions requiring adjustments

For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Course information

Part-time

  • within 1 year

More part-time details

2019 entry

Contact details

Further information