This course offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity to develop your skills in evidence based low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions for common mental health problems and to gain the accreditation you need to practice as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP).
The Postgraduate Certificate Primary Care Mental Health Practice and Graduate Certificate Promoting Psychological Wellbeing are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) on behalf of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) National Programme. It is nationally recognised for its high quality training provision and highly skilled teaching team in the field of Low Intensity CBT interventions.
AWARD TYPE: GradCert
STUDY MODE: Part time
DELIVERY METHOD: Campus
COURSE LENGTH: Part-time: One year
SCHOOL: School of Community Health and Midwifery
PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College
START DATE: September
All students on this programme must be in a position to work with patients in a low intensity iapt service
and must produce written support from their employers to do this.
Students must have evidence of recent Level 5 study from a recognised institute of higher education for postgraduate study and level for graduate study. All students must be able to complete the 45 days training.
To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
The course provides you with a thorough grounding in the theory, evidence base and practice of low-intensity psychological therapy for common mental health problems. You will develop your competence in psychological clinical assessment and low-intensity CBT interventions, including behavioural activation, exposure and habituation, panic management, cognitive restructuring, sleep management, problem solving and medication concordance. The course is heavily focused upon the development of clinical skills in the IAPT approved clinical methods.
Most mental health problems are managed in primary care. Improving access to services which can effectively treat people experiencing common mental health problems will have a major impact on the health and wellbeing of the population. Primary care is now the cornerstone of the NHS and needs to be able to meet the growing demands placed upon it. By offering practitioners the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in low intensity interventions and guided self-help for common mental health problems this course hopes to support a work force that can effectively meet the changing needs in primary mental healthcare.
Students will critically examine the history and development of primary care services and the impact that this has had on the developing culture of services and the roles and responsibilities of individuals in contemporary primary care mental health practice. You will also be introduced to concepts of mental health philosophies, models and frameworks for safe and competent mental health care. Collaborative skills in engagement, patient-centred interviewing, problem formulation, goal setting, clinical implementation and routine measurement, the promotion of medication concordance, co-ordination and referral will provide the focus of the course.
The course addresses key issues in current thinking around primary mental health care provision. Topics include:
(C) = Compulsory
The course is offered at the University of Central Lancashire with practice-based support and supervision in your clinical locality. The course involves workshops, lectures and role plays and students are encouraged to critically reflect upon their practice. This is supported by the use of video taped exercises.
A range of assessments are used within the programme including essays, video analysis and reflective essays, case formulation and practice documents.
This course is designed to offer an undergraduate route to the role of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative.
Accredited by The British Psychological Society.
For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:
School of Sport and Health Sciences
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839