Views on working as an HI/CBT therapist within IAPT

This section is for discussion relating to the Layard report, and subsequent schemes like Improving Access to Psychological Therapies where lower intensity inteventions are offered in primary care
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Views on working as an HI/CBT therapist within IAPT

Post by confuseddotcom » Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:49 pm

Hi all,

I just have a simple request and that is for honest opinions about working as a high-intensity/cognitive behavioural therapist within an IAPT service. Which is quite a vague request, but something along the lines of what you enjoy/love or not so much about the role/system and also it would be interesting to see what your plans are for the future - are you planning to continue with this role, develop with further modalities and/or take another route? I have heard some stories through the forum and also by word of mouth but I would like to open this request out to everyone viewing this IAPT section. It would also be useful to get the views of those that moved away from a clinical psychology route and what their thoughts are now about the move.

Thanks in advance,

CDC.

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Re: Views on working as an HI/CBT therapist within IAPT

Post by baa » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:34 pm

I acquired further training in IPT and now EMDR, I supervise all of the therapists in my locality. I was offered managerial roles, with potential to go up to band 8, I politely declined :lol:

I am very glad I exited clinical psychology,and escaped into IAPT.

I love the amount of time I get to spend with my people, my job is almost purely direct clinical work. It's HARD. But I love it.
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Re: Views on working as an HI/CBT therapist within IAPT

Post by confuseddotcom » Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:02 pm

baa wrote:I acquired further training in IPT and now EMDR, I supervise all of the therapists in my locality. I was offered managerial roles, with potential to go up to band 8, I politely declined :lol:

I am very glad I exited clinical psychology,and escaped into IAPT.

I love the amount of time I get to spend with my people, my job is almost purely direct clinical work. It's HARD. But I love it.
Thank you for replying baa. It's useful to know that there is further training available and more specialist roles after CBT training. I guess the amount of time spent on direct clinical work is one of the key selling points about a career in CBT therapy. But I also hear of the pressures of working within an IAPT system. There's pressures in every role but I understand that there are many pressures in an IAPT system based on time and outcomes. How do you find it managing these? Do you spend a lot of time justifying your outcomes/what you're doing with your time?

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Re: Views on working as an HI/CBT therapist within IAPT

Post by baa » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:48 pm

My job plan is pretty clear, I stick to it and no one bothers me. I am known as a hard worker and my current and previous line managers dislike micro management. There are (a lot of) targets, but I have found some way to live with them 8) I am very organised (used to be a pwp!), and I have constructed my diary to best fit my ways of working. I only have to justify myself occasionally, and I tend to have a good clinical rationale as to why I'm doing what I'm doing ;) it hasn't always been that easy, but I work in a close knit team, and we look out for each other.

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Re: Views on working as an HI/CBT therapist within IAPT

Post by baa » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:49 pm

Sorry. Having formatting issues!

've also worked on my own resilience and on my previous procrastination ishoos. That helps.

I have been in my current service for more than 7 years and was one of the first cohorts of PWPs. That is a bit terrifying :lol: but I think the length of time served has given me a decent reputation in my patch.

I'm happy for you to pick my brains, so ask away!
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