Clinical Training Programmes

Since 2008, the Charlie Waller Institute has expanded its training offer to 8 credit bearing programmes, the majority of which are funded by Health Education England (HEE), informed by national mental health workforce curricula and accredited by relevant professional governing bodies.

All our clinical training programmes are of a high quality with teaching from a range of national and international experts on mental health interventions. Where programme accreditation exists, all of our programmes have been early adopters and have maintained our accreditation status since.

Where do these programmes fit?
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme began in October 2007 when the Government announced annual investment rising to £173m by 2010/11 to fund the roll-out of evidence-based psychological therapy services across England. The IAPT programme has one principal aim; to support Primary Care Trusts in implementing the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.

In 2011, Children and Young People’s IAPT (CYP IAPT) was launched seeking to improve the quality and access of services that provide mental health support for children and young people. As the agenda was developed to improve existing services, rather than to create new NHS provision, the term IAPT is less commonly utilised across Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The children and young people’s mental health agenda refers to the same service transformation project and perhaps better captures that this sits across various stakeholders (e.g. voluntary sector, NHS and schools and colleges).

Each HEE funded programme detailed below consists of a year-long training course as well as experience within a partnering service (e.g. NHS and voluntary sector). Applications for these programmes can be made through the NHS Jobs website.

Adult Training

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Training; Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment (IAPT Pathway)

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course provides the training needed to qualify as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. Our PWP graduates are eligible for registration with both the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the BPS.

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High Intensity (HI) Training; Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment (IAPT Pathway)

Our HI training is aimed at experienced mental health practitioners/professionals who wish to become accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapists. This programme is accredited at level 2.

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Children and Young People Training

Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) Training; Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma in Brief Evidence-Based Interventions for Children and Young People with Common Mental Health Problems

The CWP programme has been designed specifically for practitioners whose role will routinely include brief therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents with mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, and parents of children experiencing anxiety disorders or behavioural difficulties.

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Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) Training; Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma in Brief Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions for the Education Setting

The role of EMHPs will routinely include brief therapeutic and whole school interventions in the education setting (e.g. schools and colleges).

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CYP CBT Training; Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment for Children and Young People

The CBT route of this programme has been designed specifically for staff whose role routinely includes working with children and young people presenting with emotional disorders such as: generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, social anxiety, specific phobias, separation anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision for Children and Young People’s Mental Health

The supervisor training offers an exciting opportunity to develop your supervisory skills and to learn about evidence-based supervisory approaches for working with staff delivering evidence-based psychological treatments for children, young people and their families.

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