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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner job profile

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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners are trained to assess and support people experiencing common mental health problems – principally anxiety disorders and depression – in the self-management of their recovery, via a range of low-intensity, evidence-based interventions, informed by underlying cognitive/behavioural principles.

The PWP role was originally developed to work within Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services in England, providing assessment and low-intensity interventions designed to aid clinical improvement and social inclusion, through the provision of information and support with everything from physical exercise to medication adherence.

PWPs normally operate within a stepped care service delivery model, on the principle of offering the least intrusive most effective treatment in the first instance - after which patients can then be 'stepped up' to a more intensive treatment if required.

You don't have to have a degree in psychology to get onto a PWP training programme, as they are offered at Level 6 and Level 7, however many psychology graduates do pursue this role as a career in itself.

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