Taught course

Primary Mental Health Care

Institution
Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

You must be employed as psychological well-being or low intensity practitioner with access to clinical supervision from a practitioner experienced/qualified in the delivery of low intensity CBT interventions. Evidence of recent degree level study is required.

Months of entry

February

Course content

In 2008 the 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' project (IAPT 2008) commenced 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 (PWP) role was created as part of this project in order to support the delivery of psychological therapies within a stepped care system. 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 award provides education and training that meets the requirements of the Department of Health (2011) 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.

What you study

There are eight core themes that run through the award via three modules. They help you to make clear links between theory and practice and include:

  • clinical supervision
  • caseload management
  • information gathering
  • information giving
  • shared decision-making
  • low intensity interventions
  • values, policy, culture and diversity
  • personal development planning.
Where you study

Teesside University campus. There is also a practical element to the programme and so you must be employed as a psychological well-being practitioner with access to a practice supervisor qualified and experienced to deliver low intensity interventions underpinned by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

How you learn

Learning is through a combination of presentations, group discussion and role-play activities as well as self-directed study and supervised practice in the workplace.

How you are assessed

Assessment is via examinations, role-play activities and the achievement of practice competencies. All written academic work is marked at master’s level.

Career opportunities

This award prepares you for your role as a psychological well-being practitioner.

Fees and funding

You must be employed as psychological well-being or low intensity practitioner with access to clinical supervision from a practitioner experienced/qualified in the delivery of low intensity CBT interventions. Evidence of recent degree level study is required.

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

part time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Name
School of Health & Social Care Admissions
Email
sohscadmissions@tees.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1642 384176