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Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice PgCert

Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice PgCert

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Self Development Psychological Testing

Course type


Course Summary

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.

How you are assessed:

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

Career opportunities:

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


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.

Tuition fees

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For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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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.

University information

Based on its vibrant campus in the heart of Middlesbrough in North East England, Teesside University is a friendly, modern university offering a broad portfolio of courses. The University has recently invested more than £275m in its town-centre campus giving it a leading edge in digital innovation, forensic facilities and sport and health sciences buildings. The University is investing an additional £300m over the next ten years to further...more

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