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Development of a full funded NHS Psychotherapeutic Counselling Pathway into the NHS

Metanoia Institute is pleased to be able to announce that it has been chosen by the NHS to be the education provider of this exciting new development for the NICE approved, IAPT compliant, evidence-based modality, PCE-CfD.

Dr Peter Pearce, Faculty Head for Applied Social and Organisational Science who leads on this development at Metanoia said:

“This is a historic moment for counselling and psychotherapy training in the UK. This development has the potential to open up who can train as a therapist and play a part in the development of a diverse and representative counselling workforce supporting equality, diversity and inclusion both in use of IAPT services and within the counselling profession itself.”

This exciting new training pilot, launched by Health Education England (HEE), is to offer a three-year salaried and funded training pathway for 60 trainee psychotherapeutic counsellors to work in NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services to deliver specified IAPT services for adults with depression. 

Adrian Whittington, National Lead for Psychological Professions, Health Education England said:

“We are committed to all IAPT services offering a choice of therapies and this new pilot helps make this choice a reality for the public. The project will establish a new training path for the psychological professions, providing all of the training needed to work as a psychotherapeutic counsellor in IAPT services, fully funded by the NHS. This adds another fully funded route into work as a psychological professional, making this a more accessible career path.”.

The IAPT High-Intensity Psychotherapeutic Counsellor training pilot will support the NHS to expand access to a range of quality, evidence-based psychological therapies, as part of a wider programme to offer these interventions to an additional 380,000 adults and older people with common mental health problems by 2023/24, as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Fiona Ballantine Dykes, Chief Professional Standards Officer and Deputy Chief Executive - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, said:

“This is a landmark moment in how counselling and psychotherapy is viewed by the NHS and in the plans to expand the adult IAPT workforce.

“The training course is a fantastic pathway and package of training that means counsellors will be able to enter the NHS much earlier in their careers. It really bridges a gap between achieving core counselling qualifications and paid employment for the NHS. It aligns with our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as well as with our campaign for equal status and paid employment.”

Full details on this programme can be found here

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  • 26 May 2022