Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

CWI as a training provider for the IAPT programme

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme began in October 2007 when the Government announced annual investment rising to £173m by 2010/11 to fund the roll-out of evidence-based psychological therapy services across England. The IAPT programme has one principal aim; to support Primary Care Trusts in implementing the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.

As part of the "earn and learn" approach, a new workforce was specifically recruited, to be trained in delivering these interventions. The Local Education and Training Board (LETB) commissioned higher education institutions to start training the newly recruited workforce, using the IAPT national curriculum for high and low (PWP) intensity therapy workers. LETB appointed The Charlie Waller Institute (Reading University) as a training provider on the basis of the quality of the training, value for money and ability to deliver on commitments. The training courses began in November 2008 and CWI has trained more than 250 therapists in low and high intensity interventions, and continues to do so with numbers remaining high for 2015 intake. The PWP and HI programmes continue to be fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) respectively.

Children and Young People IAPT (CYP) 

In autumn 2011, CWI was appointed by the LETB as their training provider for the Children and Young People's (CYP) collaborative. CWI has subsequently been commissioned to train additional CYP courses in Systematic Family Practice (SFP) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy - adolescents (IPT-A).

A key element of the IAPT training is that workers undertake a year's programme combining training with workplace clinical application of their skills within an IAPT service. Consequently the University is unable to accept applications for IAPT training places directly. Applications for employment as a therapy worker should be made directly to local service providers. Details of current and future service providers with funding are available from the IAPT website (www.iapt.nhs.uk) and vacancies are advertised on the NHS website:www.jobs.nhs.uk (search IAPT). 

Applicants without a core profession will need to apply via the KSA route (see BABCP website http://www.babcp.com/Accreditation/CBP/KSA.aspx ).The following document provides supplementary guidance about completing the KSA for an interview at the University of Reading.

KSA Preparation


Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment for Children and Young People

Programme summary for the Parenting route

 

Course Structure

  • Following the mandatory induction days (two days in mid December), teaching commences in early January with 3 and 4 day blocks through January when you will be required to attend classes from 09.30-16.30.
  • After these teaching blocks, students attend the University of Reading on Wednesdays and Thursdays in term-times. Wednesdays consist of high quality teaching sessions and Thursdays, beginning in early February, involve supervision and clinical skills sessions.
  • Teaching themes on the course include:

- The fundamentals of working with children, young people and their families;

- Evidence-based parent training for conduct problems.

  • Course teaching finishes mid-October with 'top-up school' taking place in early November for those students needing additional supervision or teaching hours for example.
  • A range of support services is on offer to students and access is encouraged (i.e. individual and group tutorials, study skills support, an allocated personal tutor, student counselling services).

 

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological treatments for C&YP (Parenting route)

Academic

  • Honours Degree graded at 2.2 or above or;
  • Successful completion of pre-entry essay, which is marked at Masters level, prior to acceptance on training programme.

Professional

  • Core profession as defined by BABCP. Please see http://www.babcp.com/Accreditation/Core-Profession.aspx for a list of core professions, or;
  • Completion of KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) portfolio.
  • Membership of the BABCP if undertaking the KSA route.
  • Access to appropriate cases during and after training.

NOTE:

Applicants must have a relevant degree or a core profession.

Students cannot be accepted onto any training programme if they are currently undertaking studies elsewhere and/or currently registered with another university.

Graduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological treatments for C&YP (Parenting route)

Academic

  • Will not hold an Honours degree or may hold degree of Third Class Honours standard or below;
  • Evidence of ability to study at Level 6;
  • Note that candidates who hold an Honours degree of 2.2 or above should apply for the Postgraduate route.

Professional

  • Must have potential to pass clinical assessments of the programme;
  • Core profession as defined by BABCP. Please see http://www.babcp.com/Accreditation/Core-Profession.aspx for a list of core professions, or;
  • Completion of KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) portfolio.
  • Membership with the BABCP if undertaking the KSA route.
  • Access to appropriate cases during and after training.

NOTE:

Applicants must have a relevant degree or a core profession

Students cannot be accepted onto any training programme if they are currently undertaking studies elsewhere and/or currently registered with another university.

Service Helping the Non-Compliant Child manual, ISBN 978-1593852412 - Helping the Non-Compliant Child

 

Commitment and materials

PT (trainees and supervisors)

Trainees require access to their own colour copy version of the 1.4 version of the Children and Young People's Tracking Outcomes resource pack (ROMs pack) available from CYP IAPT and CORC websites (also attached for ease of printing).

All (including supervisors) need recording equipment (capable of three functions = recording of multiple uninterrupted 1 hour-long sessions without battery change, quick review of sessions either on the recording device or a laptop, and the download of recordings in an encrypted manner on to a memory stick) and a minimum of 2 encrypted memory sticks.

All trainees need to have plans to wind down caseloads (if successful at interview) and have planned access to appropriate cases to start at the end of January.

Diploma trainees (CBT and PT) are entitled to an allocated 20 study days over the course of the year; students are told that these must be negotiated with their line managers but it certainly helps for all parties to be aware ahead of the conversation.

 

What to expect

The CYP IAPT course offers an exciting opportunity to learn about evidence-based approaches for working with children, young people and their families. The CYP IAPT training is a postgraduate (Masters) level course which does require students to use their own initiative and time outside of work when studying. It is likely that you will need to spend several hours a week of your own time on course-related work including preparing for supervision and coursework deadlines.

As well as being rewarding, it can be a challenging year juggling competing demands of coursework, workplace commitments and home-life, and getting the right balance between all three can be tricky at times. The CYP IAPT course team are there to help ensure students maximise opportunities for learning and provide support where needed. We hope you enjoy your time with us.

 

Requirements to pass the course

The programme is provided with 120 Degree/120 Masters Level credits which equates to a Graduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma. The difference in the two routes reflects the academic component involved.

Students undertaking both the Graduate and Postgraduate routes complete academic assessments (1 essay, 2 case reports and 2 extended case reports) and clinical assessments (3 video recordings). The pass mark on academic components for graduate route students is 40% and 50% for postgraduates. In both routes all clinical assessments must pass and all supervisor assessments and student portfolios (which include evidence of self-directed learning, patient outcomes and student reflections on training) must be deemed to be at pass standard.

It is expected that students will attend 100% of teaching. There is a requirement for a minimum of 80% attendance across all individual modules. During the course, students must also meet the required number of supervision and clinical hours (70 and 100 respectively).

 

Please contact the team if you are interested in applying for the course at cwi@reading.ac.uk.

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