Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Supervision Training
This curriculum has been developed as part of CYP IAPT and the National Implementation Plan to provide high quality low intensity case management and clinical skills supervision to therapists delivering low-intensity interventions.
You can contact a member of the IAPT team if you require more information.
- Equips supervisor trainees with knowledge to guide low-intensity practitioners in their clinical practice, ethical and legal frameworks, and multi-agency working.
- Enables supervisor trainees to broaden their underpinning knowledge of psychological theories and practices of supervising low-intensity supervisees and the importance of case management supervision
- Enables supervisor trainees to reflect on their skills, with an emphasis on demonstrating a number of key characteristics central to delivering effective supervision
The Certificate is taught by our IAPT team of staff which includes Psychological Well-being Practitioner lecturers, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist lecturers and associate lecturers. The programme is designed to equip students with the skills to deliver effective low-intensity case management supervision to support the structured, evidence-based CYP IAPT way of working with children, young people and families. Specifically where there are common mental health problems of low mood, anxiety, and behavioural challenges. The Certificate consists of 2 compulsory 30 credit modules, assessed at Level 7.
The programme uses lectures, skills workshops, seminars, work-based learning, and supervision of supervision to support trainees in developing knowledge and critical understanding of case management supervision for evidence-based low intensity working in CAMH and MHST (Mental Health School Teams). All students must have access to at least one supervisee who is currently a student CWP or student EMHP or qualified CWP, or qualified EMHP working as a low-intensity clinician.
The programme is suitable for staff whose role includes supervising practitioners who deliver brief evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents and families.
During the period of training, students are required to have supervisees. They will be required to be delivering regular clinical case management supervision, to be able to video record their sessions with supervisees, and to use the range of Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Routine Outcome Measures.
The Certificate places a strong emphasis on work-based learning, and students will develop and assess the knowledge and skills developed in workshops, individual and online learning contexts, supported by academic staff. Students’ participation in the Certificate is with the full support of their employer, who will nominate students to be considered for the programme. It is therefore assumed that the employer will provide students with sufficient support and time to complete their assessed work and to participate fully in all elements of their learning.
Students must have been recruited to a relevant organisation. They should be working in services that have access to colleagues in specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services or Mental Health School Teams for consultation and where they can refer children and young people for specialist multidisciplinary care as necessary.
Applicants suitability for the low-level intervention supervision training programme for either WPCYPs or EMHPs requires them to have:
A core professional qualification, for example; accredited CBT Therapist, professions aligned to a professional body; or have qualified as a WPCYP/EMHP. PWPs with additional knowledge and experience of working with children, young people and families. Applicants without a core qualification with a professional body should be able to evidence to their manager they are working towards accreditation with a suitably recognised professional body (e.g. BABCP; UKCP).
- Essential: 1-year post qualification experience
- Desirable: 2-years post qualification experience
All practitioners with core professional qualifications should have experience in working with children, young people and family’s mental health services; be receiving regular supervision from a CBT therapist/supervisor. Knowledge and skills in using evidence-based informed CBT approaches are desirable; alongside a working knowledge of low intensity guided self-help principles.
The applicant will need to evidence to the manager on-going supervision, alongside a commitment to continue accessing this supervision. This evidence needs to be explicit in the evidence provided by managers in the application.
Applicants also need to have access to the following resources to complete the course successfully:
- Trainees available to supervise as part of the training process
- The supervisor trainee needs to have sufficient supervision for themselves. As a guideline this should be a minimum of monthly supervision.
- Have sufficient competence from the managers perspective to be able to train and offer this type of clinical skills and case management supervision to trainees in their services.
Alongside clinical experience, it is recognised that applicants require certain competencies in order to provide effective supervision. The list below aims to provide managers supporting the applications with a reminder of the competencies. These are considered key for effective case management supervision and clinical skills supervisors for applicants to successfully meet the requirements for course completion.
- Interpersonal skills – ability to build constructive an engaging relationship with supervisees
- An awareness of power dynamics that impact on engagement in a supervisory relationship
- An understanding of the operational principles of the environment the supervisors’ practice in, such as; referral criteria; thresholds; risk assessment.
- Ability to be able to develop and write up competencies for supervision reports.
- Assessment of supervisees including; submission of formal reports in the trainee’s progress for submission to the university.
- An ability to effectively communicate with university lecturers regarding the progress of the trainee.
- Ability to engage with a range of professionals within a multi-agency system.
- Sufficient knowledge and experience within their post qualification practice to assess and manage risk relating to mental health and also safeguarding of children and young people.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 overall (or equivalent)
with a score no lower than 6.0 for writing and no remaining band/component below 5.5 for study at postgraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Careers and Employability
Working in CAMH’s or MHST as a trained low-intensity supervisor to supervise Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) roles and Wellbeing Practitioner (WP) roles.
Progression from EMHP and WP to become qualified low-intensity supervisors once suitably experienced with the required competencies and experience to train as a supervisor.