Eugene Mullan

Welcome to the University of Exeter College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Psychology and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

 We are very excited to bring you the CYP Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) G/PG Certificate in Enhanced Evidence Based Practice. This training complements our already highly successful and expanding portfolio of IAPT programmes and contributes to our wider clinical training portfolio which includes the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and the MSc Psychological Therapies. We also have a firm commitment to evidence based clinical practice and as such we endeavour to ensure all of our training programmes are firmly embedded within current research. This commitment is in no small way aided through the Mood Disorders Unit which is involved in undertaking clinical research which has national and international significance.

These are exciting and challenging times for us all. The team of highly experienced clinical trainers will endeavour to deliver the highest quality IAPT training to support you in transforming mental health services for children, young people and families.

It is likely that you will find the training intensive and challenging, but hopefully enjoyable and especially practice enhancing. 

Professor Eugene Mullan, Director of Clinical Professional Training

Catherine Gallop

Welcome to the G/PG Certificate in Enhanced Evidence Based Practice

Welcome to the University of Exeter’s Graduate/Postgraduate Certificate programme in Enhanced Evidence Based Practice (EEBP) for Children and Young People. This programme is part of the national Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) initiative. 

The overall aims of the CYP IAPT Programme are to transform mental health services for young people and their families/carers; to maximise their effectiveness and efficiency and thus improve access to evidence-based and outcome-monitored interventions.

The EEBP programme complements the existing CYP IAPT programme in specialist psychological therapies (CBT, Systemic Family Practice, and Parenting Training for Conduct Problems.) It focuses on enhancing skills in assessment; delivering brief, low intensity, evidence based interventions and in the core competencies required to work with children and young people. The programme is heavily rooted within the development of clinical skills associated with a patient-centred approach and on the skills required to support brief evidence based therapies with CYP who are experiencing mild difficulties with anxiety and depression.  The continued development of these skills is embedded within a strong focus on practice-based supervision, which is a fundamental component of the training.  As such your training should not just be seen as being the time you spend being taught within the University, but full time, based also around your clinical work undertaken within your work setting supplemented by your practice based supervision.

Successful completion of clinical and academic assignments and appropriate participation in tutorials and workshops (both within the University and within your workplace) will lead to the awarding of a G/ PG Certificate.  We hope that you will be able to act as ‘product champions’ for brief, low intensity, evidence based interventions and to be available as teachers and consultants in the various CYP IAPT settings in which you work. A major contributing resource to the programme is the knowledge and experiences that you as programme members bring.  We intend to draw upon and honour this knowledge and experience in order to develop clinical skills and increase awareness and theoretical understanding.  It is important, however, that understanding and use of theory is integrated with clinical application in a rigorous and constructively critical manner.

We hope you enjoy the training and look forward to meeting you over the coming months.

Dr Catherine Gallop, Director of CYP IAPT Programmes