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Low Intensity Psychological Interventions Graduate and PG Cert

Offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level, our BPS Accredited Programmes in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions (LIPI) provide Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) training, to those who are currently in full-time employment with IAPT compliant services wanting to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP).

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Student-Trainees must secure a full-time trainee PWP position with a local IAPT service provider to enroll on the Programmes. Positions are advertised on the NHS jobs website ( or through other local IAPT compliant provider organisations.

This programme is not to be confused with the MSc in Psychological Well-being

PWP’s work within the NHS and independent IAPT compliant services as part of the IAPT initiative to help increase access to evidence-based psychological therapies for people with depression and anxiety. They are trained to identify common mental health problems and, where appropriate, provide treatment at a low-intensity level. They also case-manage referrals or signposting to other agencies such as social care organisations.

The Low-Intensity Psychological Interventions Programmes are available at both a Graduate and Postgraduate Certificate level of study. If you don’t currently have an undergraduate degree, you will be eligible for the Graduate Certificate qualification upon successful competition on the course. If you do have an undergraduate degree, you will be eligible for the Postgraduate Certificate.

Reasons to study Low Intensity Psychological Interventions at DMU:

  • The Graduate and Postgraduate Programmes in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferrable skills, alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds
  • Students are taught by mental health professionals, such as clinical and counseling psychologists, Senior PWPs and CBT-trained Mental Health Nurses, who work collaboratively with the NHS and other IAPT Service Providers
  • Students are employed by NHS and other IAPT Services for the duration of their education and training on the Programmes

Programme Leader

Dr Joann Griffith



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Entry criteria

Student-Trainees must secure a full-time trainee PWP position with a local IAPT service provider to enroll on the Programmes. Positions are advertised on the NHS jobs website ( or through other local IAPT compliant provider organisations.

All applicants are required to undergo a rigorous selection procedure which includes an individual interview, a reading comprehension and writing test, and tests of clinical and group work skills. An Enhanced DBS is also required.



Structure and assessment


Programme modules

Teaching and assessment




The programme consists of 3 modules at 20 credits

Module 1 – Engagement and Assessment of People with Common Mental Health Problems

Module 2 - Evidence-based Low Intensity Treatments for Common Mental Health Problems

Module 3 - Values, Diversity and Context

The first module, Engagement and Assessment of People with Common Mental Health Problems, equips students with knowledge about the incidence, prevalence and presentation of common mental health problems and evidenced-based treatment choices.

The second module, Evidence Based Low Intensity Psychological Interventions for Common Mental Health Problems, equips students with an overview of how PWPs aid clinical improvement through the provision of information and support for evidence-based low intensity psychological treatments and regularly used pharmacological treatments for common mental health problems. 

The third module, Values, Diversity & Context, exposes students to the concepts of diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism and equips students with the necessary knowledge and competencies to operate  in  an  inclusive  values-driven  service and to apply effective principles of working in a team (e.g. case management & supervision).  


Teaching and assessment

At the heart of the programme is the practice-based learning at the IAPT service that offers the placement. Students are required to complete a minimum of 80 clinical contact hours with patients (face-to-face or on the telephone) within an IAPT service (or equivalent stepped care service) as a requirement of their training and should undertake a minimum of 40 hours of supervision of which at least 20 hours should be case management supervision and at least 20 hours should be clinical skills supervision. Each module has practice based learning outcomes that have to be met during the clinical placement.

The three 20-credit modules consist of 200 hours of learning each. The Programmes run for a total of 45 days, 30 of which are spent in teaching-based activities on-campus. The remaining 15 days are spent in directed, practice-based learning (DPBL) within an IAPT Service or a University-designated context. 

Assessments consist of a variety of activities in which student-trainees demonstrate fundamental acquisition of required knowledge and clinical competencies; these include but are not limited to formative and summative role play videos with actors, videos with service users, review of journal articles, written examinations, clinical case planning presentations, case reports, written reflections, case and supervision logs and portfolios, 



The LIPI Graduate and Postgraduate Certificate Programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Facilities and features

Facilities and features

Student-trainees are offered the resources of the Psychology Division as well as the University, including access to the Library, academic skills support such as CLASS, and mental health and wellbeing support. In addition, the IAPT Team liaises with the IAPT Service to provide clinical practice supervision; the IAPT Team provides teaching, facilitation of learning, observation and supervision in relation to students’ knowledge and skill development within the practice area.

For clinical practice and supervision, the workplace is intended to provide trainees with opportunities to develop the specific knowledge and skills required of low intensity workers in applied settings.

The DMU PWP Link Tutor assigned to the student-trainees supports their clinical work, for example, by visiting them on placement and facilitating the development of their clinical skills. The DMU PWP Link tutor aids the student and the clinical supervisor in their roles, such as, in addition to the above, scheduling regular visits to meet with supervisors and Service Leads. Also students are assigned a Personal Tutor who supports their academic work on the programme, who is a point of contact for pastoral support, and who is involved in placement support. 

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The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers


Opportunities and careers

Recruitment and selection for these Programmes is through an appropriate IAPT Service and the student-trainee is employed by this Service. 

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