Newcastle University

Newcastle University

Low Intensity Psychological Therapies

This course provides students with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It is part of the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which trains Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) for NHS employment. The Department of Health's IAPT programme is an innovative approach to address common mental health problems. Through this course students are trained as a practitioner to help those who experience depression and anxiety through use of evidence-based psychological therapies. After completing this course, students are eligible to apply for Band 5 PWP posts in NHS organisations. These posts also exist in the private and voluntary sectors.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. Applicants are also considered on an individual basis with relevant experience, voluntary or paid, of working with individuals who experience mental health difficulties. Applicants should have a high standard of: Written ability; computer literacy; the ability to develop good therapeutic relationships. Applicants also need to meet the trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) national person specification and be able to demonstrate good communication skills and other core requirements. Applicants whose 1st language is not English need an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 8.0 in reading, 7.0 in speaking and listening and 6.0 in writing).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 12 months

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School of Psychology
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0191 208 3915