Welcome to the University of Exeter’s Postgraduate/Graduate Diploma programme in EvidenceBased Psychological Therapies 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 and has a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Parenting (PT), 0-5, Systemic Family Practice (SFP) and ASD/LD pathway.

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 programme is heavily rooted within the development of clinical skills associated with a patientcentred approach and on the skills required to support CBT, PT, 0-5, ASD/LD and SFP evidence based therapies.

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 written assignments and appropriate participation in tutorials and workshops will lead to the awarding of a PG/Grad Diploma. We hope that you will be able to act as ‘product champions’ for CBT, parenting, 0-5s, ASD/LD and systemic practice 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 Alex Boyd, Co-Director of CYP Programmes