Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT): A Solution to a Worldwide Problem
calendar_month 29 Iul 2015, 00:00
IAPT is a mental health programme that has developed and implemented a new approach to delivering psychological therapies to those suffering from mental health disorders. Traditional methods of treatment have not met the demand for psychological therapies and meant that patients experienced long waiting times to access therapy and also that the number of patients receiving treatment was low. Within the IAPT programme psychological therapies are delivered as part of a %E2%80%98stepped care%E2%80%99 model with different intensities of therapy provided at different steps, depending upon the severity of the psychological difficulty and the evidence based interventions available.This module will enable you to understand these demands, the different ways in which psychological therapies can be delivered as well as critically evaluate service delivery models and their effectiveness. This will involve assessing whether these models can meet the increasing demands placed upon them, not just in terms of improving access to more people but also by considering the range of differences with which people can present including age, physical health problems or cultural background.You will gain an understanding of the relevant theoretical literature and how this is applied around the globe from our international collaborators in this field, from mental health professionals (including the University Wellbeing Service), researchers in this area, organisations providing psychological therapies services to different groups, and people who have experienced mental health difficulties from our %E2%80%98lived experience%E2%80%99 group.Working as part of a team you will apply this knowledge through authentic assessment by producing a patient information booklet. The module therefore does not solely aim to increase your understanding of this area but shows how this will be applied in practice and develops your skills in team working and project management. Key textJames Bennett-Levy, David Richards, Paul Farrand, et al, Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Course leader
Dr Paul Farrand

Target group
Undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or above; postgraduate students with an interest in the subject are also welcome.

Course aim
The course aims to examine this new approach to psychological therapy. It will enable you to understand the different ways in which psychological therapies can be delivered and evaluate their effectiveness.

Fee info
GBP 2445: Programme fees include tuition, accommodation, meals and a social programme including a weekend in London, events on campus and day trips to Bath and St Ives.

We have a number of partial scholarships available.

University of Exeter
Address: International Office, Laver Building, North Park Road Exeter
Postal code: EX4 4QE
City: Exeter
Country: United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1392 722148