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Low Intensity Psychological Therapies PGCert

Low Intensity Psychological Therapies PGCert

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Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides you with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It is part of the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which trains Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) for NHS employment.

The Department of Health's IAPT programme is an innovative approach to address common mental health problems. Through this course you are trained as a practitioner to help those who experience depression and anxiety through use of evidence-based psychological therapies.

Low intensity treatments employ brief, cognitive behavioural therapy approaches through use of vehicles such as guided self-help, forming part of the stepped care system recommended for depression and anxiety disorders. After meeting and assessing a patient, the practitioner supports a therapeutic intervention to help patients with their problems and/or engage with other services that will facilitate them in their recovery.

After completing this course, you are eligible to apply for Band 5 PWP posts in NHS organisations. These posts also exist in the private and voluntary sectors.


This module aims to develop the students? understanding of therapeutic support and the management of individuals, groups, carers and extended support mechanisms. It also aims to develop general and disorder-specific competencies in the delivery of Cognitive-Behaviour-Therapy (CBT) based low-intensity treatment and other behaviour change techniques. It equips students with a good understanding of evidence-based low-intensity psychological treatments and enables students to support patient self-management through mechanisms such as guided self-help and computerised CBT.

Tuition fees

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International fees
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Entry requirements

An NQF 4, or international equivalent. You will be also be required to submit a portfolio to ‘credit’ other academic and life experience and also confirm that you are able to perform at the appropriate academic level OR an NQF 5, or international equivalent. You will not be required to submit a portfolio. You will also require relevant experience, voluntary or paid, of working with individuals who experience mental health difficulties. We expect you to have a high standard of: written ability; computer literacy; the ability to develop good therapeutic relationships. You also need to meet the trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) national person specification and be able to demonstrate good communication skills and other core requirements.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has also developed a presence in two similarly vibrant and globally connected locations, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide opportunities for global...more