Working in IAPT?

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Working in IAPT?

Post by jwardmagic » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:57 am

Apologies if this has been asked already; oddly I couldn't find any direct answers to the question, so I hope I'm not out of place by posting it here.

I have been considering attempting to get work as a low-intensity/Psychological Well-being Practitioner. However, I'm a bit confused as to how to actually do it. I have an MSc in Health Psychology (Distinction and two awards), a publication, and I have an unconditional offer onto a Health Psychology doctorate, but before starting I want to get into work I would enjoy more.

The BPS website says that individuals working as a PWP require a qualification in CBT (e.g. a Pgcert). However, the Pgcert in CBT at my chosen University requires you already work in IAPT to be accepted?

If someone could help clear my confusion, I'd be really grateful.

Thank you.

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Re: Working in IAPT?

Post by ForeverJung » Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:40 pm


To answer your question, the qualifications/courses are tied into job offers. The route into a PWP post would be to first apply for a PWP trainee position. If successful at interview, the trust you are interested in will recommend you to their affiliated university. You will then have to complete a university interview/assessment day to secure a place on the course. The course and clinical work run simultaneously.

I believe that there are also undergraduate courses that lead directly to employment as a PWP, but I know very little about this and from your experience it doesn't seem like a sensible route.

Out of curiosity, why are you committing to a doctorate in Health Psych if you feel you would enjoy the work of a PWP more?

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