Hi IAPT application after two years AP work?

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Hi IAPT application after two years AP work?

Post by micke » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:57 pm

Hi there,

I was trying to figure this one out looking at the KSA. But can you apply and successfully gain a Hi IAPT Band 6 training post with two years Assistant Psychologist experience? :D

Many thanks


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Re: Hi IAPT application after two years AP work?

Post by bluegoat » Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:30 am

It depends on what clinical experiences your Assistant Psychologist post has provided you with, and your previous academic study. For example, qualified PWPs can successfully complete a KSA after two years, so in theory so could an Assistant Psychologist?

I have to admit though, I have never heard or met anyone who has attempted to do this.

Have you tried contacting some of the courses (as they decide which of their applicants meet the BABCP KSA criteria) and see what they say?

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Re: Hi IAPT application after two years AP work?

Post by ClinicalWorld » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:42 pm

I know people that have got on to HI from an assistant psychologist without having completed a PWP course. However they had extensive experience of individual and group therapeutic work and they both had completed MSc's. Also to pull this off, you need fantastic references, preferably from people well known in the field

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Re: Hi IAPT application after two years AP work?

Post by nomnom » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:50 pm

I know people that have successfully got an IAPT high intensity trainee post that don't have a core profession and their previous experience includes being an assistant psychologist.

As long as you have enough experience/qualifications to meet the KSA criteria, you should be fine to apply however, if you're asking whether 2 years assistant psychologist experience alone is enough, then my guess would be no as I don't think one post has enough variety required to meet the KSA criteria and people that apply without a core profession tend to have extensive experience.
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Re: Hi IAPT application after two years AP work?

Post by Yellow1991 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:05 pm

Hi Micke,

I have had 2 AP posts and 1 Assistant Therapist post spanning about 2.5 years in total and got on to the HI training recently. I did apply through the KSA route and all my experience has been with anxiety and depression and have IAPT experience which definitely helped.

The requirements for the HI training state at least 2 years post qualification experience, so it is technically possible but it would depend on the quality of your experience and how you convey you could apply it to the post. :D

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