University of Essex

University of Essex

Psychological Well-Being Practitioner (Low Intensity)

This course enables students to address common mental health problems (anxiety and depression) and the use of evidence-based practices for such issues. Students are provided with training aimed at the implementation of packages of cognitive-behaviour therapy (e.g. supported self-help) and an understanding of common pharmacological approaches to care. The primary aim of this role is to assist in clinical improvement and social inclusion such as people returning to work.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a relevant undergraduate degree, or equivalent, or relevant professional qualification (nursing, clinical psychology, social work, occupational therapy or counselling). Applicants must also have acceptance on an IAPT trainee position through your local primary care trust.

Course modules

Core modules: Engagement and assessment of patients with common mental health problems; evidence-based low-intensity treatment for common mental health disorders; values, policy, culture and diversity; working within a social, work and healthcare context.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are varied, each module is assessed through an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), a reflection on practice OSCE and a written examination. In addition we work with your practice supervisor to ensure you receive adequate and effective support to allow you to develop the necessary skills in order to practise safely. Your employing supervisor will work with you to ensure you are meeting practice outcomes associated with the course and they will assess your progress on a regular basis helping you to develop a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio will be assessed as part of the course


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Health and Human Sciances
Telephone number: 
01206 872719