The CWP programme is a recruit to train programme. That means that for the first year, you would be funded to work both in your service, and train with the University of Exeter. The programme offers practitioners rigorous training in the CYP IAPT principles and evidence-based practice to equip practitioners to work with children and families with mild to moderate presentations of Anxiety, Depression, and behavioural problems in young children. CWPs will be able to work alongside children, young people and their families in a goal focussed, low intensity way, with an emphasis on early intervention and prevention and the opportunity to reach into the community.

Frequently asked questions

What is Low Intensity?

Low intensity means that children and young people are seen less intensively for support: this could mean less frequently, or it could mean that the tools employed are more structured around supported or guided self-help.

Does it work?

Yes! CWPs are able to improve earlier access to support by working within more community settings. This means that you could be working in schools or seeing young people in the community – from youth groups to cafés to the football field – wherever young people want to be seen. What we know from the research is that young people find low intensity approaches like supported self-help, computer-based CBT (cCBT) and telephone support more acceptable than traditional face to face, weekly therapy sessions. By improving their accessibility through self-referrals and community based work, CWPs are able to support children, young people, and families earlier and help to prevent challenges and distress from worsening.

How do I apply for a place?

If you are interested in applying for the course, you can look out for adverts within the Southwest Collaborative for Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner jobs. To see the latest vacancies check our jobs page, search online or on the NHS jobs homepage.

For a list of services in the SW collaborative please see here.

Am I eligible to apply?

This programme is offered at both postgraduate level (PGDip) and at final year undergraduate degree level (GradDip). If you do not hold an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for enrolment on the GradDip programme. The topics you will study are the same for both programmes. You would be expected to also have experience of working with children and/or young people.

What should I expect from the course?

This is a 12-month training programme where you will be working and studying full time. Teaching will begin with trainees spending five days per week at the University as part of the intensive teaching block. It will then taper down to four days per week, then three days per week, before working in service full time for the remainder of the training year. 

Teaching will enable mental health professionals to gain skills and knowledge in delivering brief, focused low-intensity informed interventions for children and young people experiencing common mental health (low mood and anxiety) and behavioural difficulties.

  • Assessments include:
  • a recorded presentation
  • a written exam
  • formative PPD (Professional Practice Document)
  • recordings
  • reflective commentaries
  • practice outcomes document/Portfolio. 

How is it financed?

The course is funded by Health Education England, who pay the university and your service directly. You will receive a salary while you are studying and training, at NHS Band 4 Agenda for Change or equivalent.

How can I find out more?

For more information about the course and applying, please visit our University of Exeter website. You can also contact the project team or the CWP admin team