The course is a well-established high quality training programme for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners that runs for 12 months on a full-time basis, with students working in service alongside their training on the course.
The course is BPS accredited and part of the Department of Health ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ programme (IAPT), which aims to improve access to evidence-based talking therapies in the NHS and any other qualified healthcare providers (AQP) through an expansion of the psychological therapy workforce and services.
The course covers the engagement and assessment of clients with common mental health problems, evidence based treatments of these problems and the understanding of the importance of client values, culture and diversity. The course content is based on the National Curriculum for the Education of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
The Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing training programme at Surrey promotes the NHS values which are enshrined within the NHS constitution. These are: Everyone counts, respect and dignity for all, improving people’s lives, compassion, working together for patients, and a commitment to the quality of care. The programme team is dedicated to recruiting graduates whose individual values and behaviours align to those of the NHS.
Please view the Linking your values to the NHS Constitution document for details of the NHS and our values based recruitment approach
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British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) against the requirements for qualification as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
Cohort sizes typically range from 25-45 students.
Specialist knowledge relevant to the subject area will be delivered using a variety of methods, including lectures, clinical skills teaching, role plays, experiential workshops , audio recording reviews, group discussions and through the interaction of the student with coursework assignments.
Clinical practice with the application of their learning to client work will be supervised closely and students will be required to keep a log of their clinical activity as well as supervisory activity and will be evaluated on their clinical competence.
The strength of this programme lies in the integration of classroom learning and clinical practice learning and development. The personal impact of working with clients presenting with distress will be explored as well as ethical issues. Students will develop their skills in applying theory and technique to real life client situations in supervision sessions and at the university via discussions and micro-teaching.
Students will also be expected to undertake self-directed study and will have access to the university library and online resources.
The course has two intakes. The October intake are based at Guildford in the Stag Hill campus. The May intake are taught at the Kent Event Centre. All examinations are conducted at the University of Surrey.