University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Evidence-Based Psychological Practice (low intensity)

This programme provides a thorough grounding in the theory, evidence base and practice of low intensity psychological therapy for anxiety and depression. It is heavily rooted within the development of clinical skills associated with a patient-centred approach; promoting recovery and recognising and respecting diversity. It develops competencies in core patient centred interviewing and assessment skills, case management, and the delivery of a range of low intensity interventions including behavioural activation, exposure, cognitive restructuring, sleep management, problem solving alongside support for medication taking. Particular innovations in the low intensity model of working is the way in which the approach is embedded within a model of collaborative care and supported through the use of case management supervision.

Entry requirements

The programme is offered at both final year undergraduate degree level for those who can demonstrate having at least studied at the 2nd year of a degree or equivalent, or at postgraduate level for those already holding a degree; the subject of previous study does not matter, however demonstrating previous experience in mental health is a requirement (see below); demonstrate in the region of 1 year of substantive related experience within a mental health setting or working extensively with patients with mental health difficulties; must be working within an IAPT Service or one in which the trainee has a caseload of patients with mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression; must receive supervision as per the National IAPT requirements, specifically 1 hour per week individual case management supervision for which training is provided free by the University prior to the start of the programme, and 1 hour per fortnight clinical skills supervision for low intensity CBT which can be individual or group based; ability to commit to the attendance (minimum 100%) and study requirements of the programme.

Course modules

The programme contains 4 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 an employment, social and healthcare context.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time - 6 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
01392 723044