Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing Grad Cert – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
The course is a well-established high-quality training programme for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners that runs for ten 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.
What you will study
The course comprises 60 credits which are achieved through the completion of 4 course modules. A 100 per cent attendance on all teaching days is expected to be met by students to pass the course.
Module 1 provides trainees with the skills and knowledge that they need to undertake a range of patient-centred assessments, in different formats and settings, so that they are able to identify the main areas of concern to the patient. Importantly, the module aims to develop trainee PWP’s capacity to effectively engage patients and establish an appropriate relationship whilst gathering information in a collaborative manner. Finally, the module aims to provide trainee PWP’s with sufficient knowledge of mental health disorders and evidence-based therapeutic options so that they are able to enable their patient to make informed treatment choices.
Module 2 focuses on the knowledge and skills required to provide therapeutic support and management to individuals who are experiencing common mental health difficulties as well as their families, friends and carers. This module aims to achieve this by developing trainees competencies in the delivery of low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions. This includes, but is not limited to, behavioural activation, exposure, cognitive restructuring, panic management, problem-solving, CBT-informed worry and sleep management. Given that the overall delivery of these interventions is informed by behaviour change models and strategies, the module aims to equip trainee PWP’s with an understanding of, and an ability to apply, the COM-B model to promote psychological wellbeing.
Module 3 aims to develop trainee PWP’s understandings of the concepts of diversity, inclusion and multi-culturalism in relation to the diverse communities served by the service within which the worker is operating. The module also seeks to develop trainee’s capacity to critically reflect on issues of power within professional - patient relationships, individual differences, and to develop their ability to practice respectfully and sensitively with clients. Finally, given the caseload that PWP’s are expected to work with, this module aims to develop PWP’s capacity to recognise the limitations of their competence and role and to be able to use stepping up and signposting to manage this.
Module 4 gives students from a wide range of disciplines in health and social care the opportunity to evidence their practice in their own clinical speciality. Students will be encouraged to examine theoretical aspects of decision-making, to analyse and develop their practice, develop strategies for effective and defendable practice through an analysis care situations from their practice.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|Grad Cert||18 months|
|Grad Cert||18 months|
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) against the requirements for qualification as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
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