Postgraduate

Low Intensity Psychological Therapies PGCert

Low Intensity Psychological Therapies PGCert

Full time: 12 months

Profile

This course provides you with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It is part of the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which trains Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) for NHS employment.

The Department of Health's IAPT programme is an innovative approach to address common mental health problems. Through this course you are trained as a practitioner to help those who experience depression and anxiety through use of evidence-based psychological therapies.

Low intensity treatments employ brief, cognitive behavioural therapy approaches through use of vehicles such as guided self-help, forming part of the stepped care system recommended for depression and anxiety disorders. After meeting and assessing a patient, the practitioner supports a therapeutic intervention to help patients with their problems and/or engage with other services that will facilitate them in their recovery.

Our Low Intensity Psychological Therapies Brochure 2017-18 (PDF: 1,130 KB) provides more information about this course. FAQs, links to IAPT resources and information about a 'week in the life of a psychological wellbeing practitioner' and are also included in the publication. 

After completing this course, you are eligible to apply for Band 5 PWP posts in NHS organisations.  These posts also exist in the private and voluntary sectors. 

The programme director is Dr Mark Papworth, lead author of the core text regarding Low Intensity Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.

Related Degrees

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders PGCert

    Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders PGCert produces psychological therapists who are competent in the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for patients affected by psychological disorders. Its main focus is on the treatment of anxiety disorders.

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Modules

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

PGCert

UK

Full time: £5,000

EU

Full time: £5,000

International

Full time: £9,000

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

An NQF 4, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You will be also be required to submit a portfolio to ‘credit’ other academic and life experience and also confirm that you are able to perform at the appropriate academic level.

OR

An NQF 5, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You will not be required to submit a portfolio.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have relevant experience, voluntary or paid, of working with individuals who experience mental health difficulties.

We expect you to have a high standard of:

  • written ability
  • computer literacy
  • the ability to develop good therapeutic relationships

You also need to meet the trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) national person specification and be able to demonstrate good communication skills and other core requirements. The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) website has examples of PWP specifications.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.O overall (with at least 8.0 reading, 7.0 in speaking and listening and 6.0 in writing)

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

How to Apply

NHS-funded places: application and selection are made in partnership, with the NHS Trusts advertising the vacancies.

Self-funded places: you can apply online through our website. We have a step-by-step guide to help you. You will also need to complete the additional information sheet (Word Doc: 76.1 KB) to be submitted in line with the application deadline date.

The application deadline for self-funded places is Friday 26 May 2017 for October 2017 entry.

Interviews are being held on the 3, 4 and 5 July 2017. We may consider late applications if places on the course are available.

Contact

Karen Wilson
Programme Administrator (IAPT and CBT programmes)
School of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3915
Email: iapt.director@ncl.ac.uk