Main Aims of the Programme

In this programme we aim to help you develop your practice in brief, low intensity, evidence-based psychological intervention for children, young people and their families. You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the CYP IAPT EEBP Programme. Specifically, we will help you develop skills in assessment; delivering brief, low intensity, evidence based interventions and in the core competencies required to work with children and young people.

We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

The programme aims to ensure that all graduates meet recognised minimum clinical competence in their practice, using brief, low intensity evidence-based psychological interventions for children, young people and their families.


Programme Aims

The overall aim of the programme is to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of evidence based practice, specifically low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  The programme will aim to provide an equal balance between theoretical knowledge of CBT and opportunity to integrate theory to clinical practice.

Specific programme aims are:

  • To familiarise students with the core principles of CYP IAPT programmes, and apply these to their work with children, young people and families
  • To develop appropriate competence in engaging the child, young person and their family and in specific interviewing skills
  • To enable students to carry out a comprehensive cognitive behavioural assessment, incorporating assessment of risk and consideration of the child’s development and mental health diagnosis
  • To develop an awareness and knowledge of cognitive behavioural models of specific disorders (anxiety and depression)
  • To encourage the student to seek out and utilise clinical supervision and to base their clinical interventions on evidence based practice
  • To enable students to carry out specific, brief evidence based  interventions for anxiety disorders and depression in children and young people
  • To develop appropriate competence in working with parents
  • To enable students to function independently and reflectively as a learner and practitioner.


Learning methods 

The EEBP curriculum uses a range of teaching methods including e-learning, service based learning days via group PBL and learning sets and supervised clinical practice in the workplace and workshops, skills practice and classroom learning at university. It focuses on the development of core skills and is assessed largely through the assessment of direct clinical work. The clinical skills taught are suitable for delivery in a range of settings including the voluntary sector, social and educational settings and the NHS.


Learning outcomes

At the end of the EEBP programme, successful students will:

  • Understand the core components of a successful CYP IAPT programme
  • Demonstrate how these core components are incorporated into their work with children, young people and their families
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of a child/young person/their family within an evidence based framework, also considering elements of risk, development, and mental health diagnosis
  • Carry out brief evidence based interventions for anxiety disorders and depression with children, young people and their families
  • Use clinical supervision and demonstrate evidence of self-reflection in relation to their clinical work.