PGCert in Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Training

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course provides the training needed to qualify as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP).

PWPs assess and delivery low-intensity interventions for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders.

Develop your skills with a mixture of role-play and skills practice teaching, as well as clinical work undertaken in the IAPT setting.

What Can I Expect From the Course?

The course consists of 27 taught University days and 18 study days, alongside a placement in an IAPT service. The course runs over the course of 1 calendar year.

The course consists of three compulsory modules:

  • Engagement and Assessment of Common Mental Health Problems
  • Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments
  • Values, Employment and Context

Whilst the programme heavily focuses on role-plays and skills practice, you will continue to develop skills through clinical work undertaken in the IAPT setting.

Across the course, PWP trainees are expected to undertake 80 clinical contact hours with patients and receive 40 hours of supervision (20 hours of case management supervision and 20 hours of clinical skills supervision).

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of written and clinical assessments. Written assignments include short essays and reflective reports.

Clinical assessments include a role-play, a treatment recording with a patient and a case presentation.

At the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate their learning and development through a Clinical Outcomes Portfolio.

Entry requirements
There are two main routes of entry for the training: graduate and postgraduate. For information on entry requirements, please consult the job specification advertised on NHS jobs.

The training programme is fully funded by the NHS and trainees will receive a salary equivalent to a full-time NHS band 4 over the year.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the agreed salary on offer of interview.


Successful completion of the programme will enable you to work as a qualified PWP in an IAPT service. A qualified PWP salary is equivalent to NHS band 5 pay.

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The Charlie Waller Institute currently offers two intakes per year in April and September. The number of places available per cohort is dependent on NHS service funding.

Potential candidates must apply through the job advertisement on NHS jobs The University of Reading will review the application and a member of our team will be present on the interview panel.

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