Access to psychological therapies
Courses for improving acccess to psychological therapies.
We have commissioned the University of Exeter to train cognitive behavioural high-intensity therapists and psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWP) in the south west. The university previously had the contract to provide PWP, hi intensity and supervision training and the new contract will deliver increased engagement with stakeholders and a new PWP curriculum. In addition, those already trained will be offered additional training which reflects the needs of the local population and which will enable a wider choice of therapies.
The skills and knowledge they will learn will enable them to help people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety who are referred to them or who refer themselves.
The contract, which is initially for three years with the potential for it to be extended for up to two more years, will enable the university to train up to 85 people each year in these skills and also support many supervisors in this field.
There has been considerable interest from health care providers in the south west, who provide support for people experiencing depression and anxiety disorders which has ensured the first year’s training courses will be run at full capacity when they start in the next academic year.
Details about the programmes are available from the University of Exeter.