Psychological wellbeing practitioners (previously termed low intensity therapy workers)
People from a wide range of backgrounds with a special interest in therapy are eligible to train in delivering low Intensity therapy (AfC Band 4) as a psychological wellbeing practitioner
For the psychological wellbeing practitioner (Low Intensity) trainees, we would be looking for people, who have preferably worked in local mental health services or local communities, who can demonstrate that they can meet the academic levels in the training programme and are interested to work with this client group. These can be graduates or non graduates.
Qualified psychological wellbeing practitioner provide high volume, low intensity cognitive behaviourally-based interventions at Step 2 including guided self help.
Trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner, will attend a one year low intensity training programme including one day a week training. They will provide supervised IAPT services four days a week. When they graduate at post graduate certificate level, they will be eligible to apply for qualified posts above
One of the underlying principles of this role is that there should be a diversity of backgrounds to match local communities, included in the guidance on access to PWP KSA Access for Non Graduates. (Briefing for training commissioners and providers on access to Low Intensity Training for Non Graduates)
At present there is no system to accredit LI courses in the same way HI courses will be accredited by BABCP. A group of experts are meeting in an Oversight Group Accreditation for IAPT training (OGAIT) to decide the best way forward for monitoring and accredit high and low intensity courses and other evidence based training as they are agreed. Recommendations will be forthcoming from this group