About this course
Learn the skills to work as a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) and help treat people with anxiety and depression on this PGCert in Low Intensity CBT with IAPT PWP Status. Our expert academics will train you to deliver psychological interventions within a stepped care model. You’ll complement your learning with clinical work in approved IAPT service, allowing you to apply theory in a real-life setting.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy used to help patients change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour. It’s recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of a range of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
This part-time course is aimed at people who want to work in a stepped care Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.
You’ll learn how to deliver low intensity CBT to support people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, and help them to self-manage.
By the end of the course you’ll be able to:
- interview patients to identify their main difficulties or things they want to change
- deliver low intensity CBT interventions by providing information and support for treatment to patients suffering from common mental health problems
- operate from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and respects diversity
- manage caseloads
- work safely and to high standards
- use supervision to aid clinical decision-making
Successful graduates will be able to work as a qualified PWP in an IAPT or low intensity CBT service.
Your course leader is Simon Grist, a former community mental health team manager who has taught CBT at the University of Southampton for over 10 years. His research interests include low intensity CBT, inflammation and depression, and physical activity as a health intervention. Read Mr Grist’s staff profile to find out more about his work.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.