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Psychological Well-Being Practitioner (Low Intensity) PGCert

Psychological Well-Being Practitioner (Low Intensity) PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Self Development

Course type


Course Summary

Our certificates in PWP enable you to work with people who experience common mental health problems. You will learn to use a range of protocols derived from the best evidence based practice methodologies available. The protocols are drawn from cognitive behavioural theory and utilise self-help processes to empower patients to take control of their own wellbeing needs. Recognition of the personal and social cost of unmet mental health need within primary care has led to a government-supported initiative to broaden access to psychological therapies, introducing the cutting-edge role of psychological wellbeing practitioners. This brings evidence-based cognitive behavioural treatments to all people who experience mild to moderate depression or anxiety.

You will learn the coaching and facilitation skills necessary to support this kind of self-help process and receive a full grounding in the theory underpinning these approaches. You will also learn about the service structure underpinning the IAPT initiative which you will be working in during your training. The University of Essex has a robust academic tradition and achieves regular high levels of student satisfaction. We continue to work with students, service users and practice partners to continue to improve this established track record. Following training, it is usual for your employing organisation to continue your employment at Band 5. This acknowledges your qualified status. To this point all successful trainees have achieved employment within their training organisation. PWPs may also go on to achieve senior PWP status and role after a number of years. Generally PWPs stay within the role deepening their skills and competencies. Other career development areas may be available in your particular Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date



This module is one part of a three module Post Graduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Interventions. The role of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) has been developed since 2007 alongside the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme ( . PWPs work at high volume (high caseloads) with people experiencing depression and/or anxiety at Step 2 in Primary Care mental health settings offering evidence based low intensity, guided self-help interventions. On successful completion of this course PWPs meet criteria to register with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an accredited practitioner and would be eligible to begin the accreditation process with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have: A relevant first honours degree, or equivalent, eg professional experience and responsibility; Other English language qualifications may be acceptable.