PWP training, feeling alittle worried.

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PWP training, feeling alittle worried.

Post by kjd » Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:25 pm


I have recently successfully been appointed as a PWP trainee (LI), started today and have just found out I will be attending Uni in Oct to complete my training.

This was an internal interview and I have moved from one band 4 post to this one, so I was unaware to the level of training that was required. As I have not done any studying for a number of years I am feeling alittle overwhelmed at the thought of attending university and completing this qualification, I guess its a fear of failure. I have not done any assignments or exams for years and unsure how I will cope with this. Can someone offer some advice to the work load and difficulty of work please? I am also planning my wedding for next year, so probably bad timing ha ha.

I do have 4 years experience of working in a mental health environment and have just left my permanant job as specialist support worker, with patients who have substance misuse issues aswell asc complex mental health problems. The reason I left was purely for a new challenge and was bored of working with drug users. I wouldnt say I regret accepting this job but Im feeling increasing worried about the training side. Unfortunately I have been given no information about the course as of yet, and now even sure what the course is called? All I know is that its a year long and required once a week attendance.

I have asked for contact details of uni to try to obtain some information so at least I know what to expect. But any advice, reassurance or help would be really appreciated. Thanks everyone.

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Post by baa » Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:10 pm

I wouldn't panic too much, it's pretty straightforward, and i didn't find the workload particularly overwhelming at all! You can access the course material online if you google 'reach out iapt' that should take you to a pdf. Gives you an idea of what it involves.
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Post by Mikel Arteta » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:39 pm

I concur with baa, the work is not that difficult. They will go through everything thoroughly in lectures and the institution should be using the IAPT model, well they should be anyway! I assessed a few of the courses and those that weren't doing things quite right were advised on what they needed to do. There should be good support in place and you may have an academic supervisor. There is plenty of skills practice too, which is helpful. If you're unsure on a particular piece, get support from colleagues and the staff! You're obviously appropriate for the course as they selected you! Which uni will you be at?
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Post by jamesivens » Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:05 am

Hi Kjd

I'd follow what arteta and baa have mentioned, and would add that the course intake is generally made up of a mixture of people from a variety of backgrounds. I'd say about 1/4 from our intake had been out of education for a number of years, and the IAPT courses will be aware of that.

I think its quite rare for anyone to not complete the course due to academic reasons. The course tutors best interests are to support the trainees as much as possible in doing the assignments. The assignments/exams are marked as pass/fail (as opposed to 3, 2:2, 2:1, 1:1 /merit/distinction etc), and the course is not looking for anything original or inspired, just to demonstrate that you know what the role is - and this will all become a lot clearer once you have the course information, meet the other trainees, and learn as you go.

Generally the peer support is pretty good, as you're all in this together. Also its a training course, you wont be expected to know everything from the start. I'm sure they'll be lots of transferable skills you can take from the support worker role, and your experience in working with substance misuse will add a great dimension to your skill set.

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Post by kjd » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:47 pm

Hi All, thank you for your responses and reassurance. I will be studying at Sheffield university. Thank you again for the information, it has helped me to know what to expect.

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Post by » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:59 pm

I'd agree, I think the PWP courses are used to having people who have been out of formal education for a number of years. In my cohort at Salomons last year there were a number of people who had been out of education for 10, 20 or even 30 years.
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Post by autumnleaf » Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:56 am

Hi our iapt course consisted of 1 day a week for uni and a study day. There was a dvd assessment and a treatment assessment practical exam in December. Module 1 and Module 2 exam January, a reflective critical analysis of our dvd assesment and treatment session was completed in the form of 2 essays with 2000 word counts.

There were individual write ups and group working via the university website on our study days as we were given different scenarios to work out.

We had to do a presentation showing that we had worked with a diverse patient ie disability, spoke a different language or had a learning difficulty. You had to demonstrate how adjustments were made to bring about equality to the therapeutic relationship. This was completed in March

A practical assessment was undertaken in the form of a supervision session in March.

Modules 3 and 4 exam was completed in April over a 2 week period. 2 essays had to be undertaken at 2000 words each reflecting on the supervision assessment and working with a patient showing how to work with diversity which had a deadline to be handed in during May.

There was an expectation to read and research material from reading lists too. The earlier you start the better on the course.

Our group werent taken on till October in our service and started in uni. A lot of people in our cohort had started earlier in other services which helped gain some prior knowledge to the service. I wish we had started before uni.

The practical competencies ie demonstrating your competency with patients is handed in during August.

I never been to university and only obtained a level 4 diploma- degree equivalent.There were different people from all walks of life on our course.

The time went so quickly. It can feel intense with submission dates but organisation is key. I learnt a lot from my peers and we worked together to achieve goals. Our other qualified pwps were also very helpful. I got people to proof read essays and we shared ideas together and practised roleplays.I found my peer group my greatest resource.

There will be weekend working and during the evenings ie 5-6 hours a week which can be spread out. I am a slow learner so thats what I did.

I am not academic by any means but the university will support you with any difficulties ie making use of tutorials. You do get to fit it in.

The course at Sheffield may be set out differently with the same material being delivered.

If you have a look at the IAPT website and the Reach Out Guide student materials for PWP will give you an indication of what you will be covering.

I'd say you had a head start with your experience in your previous work too

Good luck with it all. I had similiar concerns at the start too but took it a step at a time and the task in hand. The course in interesting in the material.

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Re: PWP training, feeling alittle worried.

Post by kjd » Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:53 pm

Thank you so much for the information it has been extremely useful. I was hoping to study the under graduate level course as heard this was alittle more user friendly for people who arent educated to degree level, however just been informed this course isnt running. Thanks again everyone.

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