Accreditation for PWPs

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Accreditation for PWPs

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It is expected that eventually PWPs will be able to choose whether to be accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), the BPS (British Psychological Society) or the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Currently only the BABCP has announced its process for accrediting individual PWPs.

Criteria for individual PWP Accreditation by the BABCP
The following seven criteria must be met in order to gain PWP Accreditation:
  • 1. Have been accountable for their own professional practice to a senior member of the IAPT service whilst working as a PWP continuously for the last 6 months
    2. Provide satisfactory evidence of specialist or equivalent training as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner which meets the PWP Minimum Training Standards
    3. Demonstrate at least 80 hours of direct PWP clinical practice
    4. Demonstrate at least 25 hours of Clinical Skills Supervision and 25 hours of Clinical Case Management Supervision
    5. Sign a statement of intent to submit an application for Re-accreditation in 3 years, and to sustained commitment to the theory and practice of PWP working, which includes Continuing Professional Development, and ongoing Clinical Skills Supervision and Case Management Supervision
    6. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic relationship and competence in the development, maintenance and ending of such relationships
    7. Adhere to the BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and be willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required
Source: BABCP

Therefore you must currently be working as a PWP and have been doing so continuously for the past six months. Currently the only route available for individual accreditation is for those who have completed an IAPT accredited course (route A). This includes cohorts who studied / graduated before the course was accredited. The BABCP website has links to the forms you need to submit and more detailed information about the requirments.

Further routes to PWP accreditation are planned for those with previous training who then complete IAPT top-up training (route B), or who were already working in a similar role with similar training (e.g. GMHW) before September 2009 (route C).

Course accreditation
Courses will not be accredited by the BABCP, but rather by a joint IAPT/BPS committee that are conducting visits to all PWP courses between April and September 2010. It is expected that courses will be accredited in October 2010 - the outcomes will be announced once a decision has been made about every course visited over the year.

This is different to the accreditation for High Intensity, where both individuals and courses are accredited by the BABCP.

For more information on the course accreditation process see the IAPT update (dated 11/08/2010), or the BPS site, which gives details on the joint committee's work.

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