The University of Exeter’s CEDAR department runs a number of CYP IAPT training courses in collaboration with services that are members of the South West Community of Practice. A number of these courses are available both for staff who already work in children’s mental health services, or for those who are ‘Recruit to Train’ – meaning they are employed by services to train and work for them at the same time.

Find out more about the different courses we offer below, grouped by qualifications: (a) postgraduate/graduate diplomas, (b) postgraduate/graduate certificates, and (c) courses for qualified practitioners. Courses with an asterisk (*) don’t currently have an active cohort, but may run again in future.

Remember to visit our Forum to ask any questions you might have or discuss a variety of topics with fellow applicants.

Postgraduate/graduate diplomas

CBT for Depression and Anxiety
This programme equips practitioners to practice CBT at a high-intensity level. It is aimed at staff who work with a range of presentations in their daily practice, and would equip you with a BABCP-accredited Postgraduate Diploma. 

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Systemic Family Practice (for Conduct or Eating Disorders)
This programme will enable practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and competency in SFP for adolescents with self-harm / depression and their families, young people with conduct problems, or for adolescents with eating disorders and their families.

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0-5s (Infant Mental Health)
This course aims to improve the capabilities of staff working with under-fives and their parents/carers. It would provide you with education and training on evidence-based mental health interventions for parents and infants.

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Parent Training for Conduct Problems
The parent training for conduct problems is a BABCP accredited programme and qualifies staff with a graduate or postgraduate diploma in evidence-based practice to support parents with children aged 3-10 experiencing conduct problems. 

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Postgraduate/graduate certificates

CYP with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or a Learning Disability *
This programme aims to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children and young people with autism and/or a learning disability, their families/carers, and other professionals supporting them.

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Enhanced Evidence-Based Practice *
This course aims to provide all existing staff with skills to embed the CYP IAPT five core principles around improving access, increasing awareness and reducing stigma, authentic participation, improved accountability, and evidence-based practice. 

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Courses for qualified practitioners

The University of Exeter CEDAR department provides a number of CYP IAPT courses for existing staff already working within children’s mental health services. Funding will vary for these courses and at times may need to be supplemented by your service, so always talk to your manager before putting yourself forward for one of these courses. As well as the CYP IAPT postgraduate diplomas and certificates which are available to both existing staff and recruit to train candidates, courses on the following are also offered. (Please note that viability of these courses each year depends on funding so do get in touch with us to check whether the course will be running.)

Management and Leadership *
This programme provides you with the latest research knowledge and skills in clinical leadership and evidence-based practice together with individualised coaching to support you in service transformation. It will also offer you an opportunity to reflect on your own leadership skills alongside the latest thinking.

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Inpatient CAMHS CPD Training
In 2016 the University of Exeter successfully bid for funding to scope development of a training programme for CYP Inpatient Units. These units provide treatment and residential care for children and young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. Through this funding our programme lead Hannah Sherbersky helped to develop the national curriculum for CYP Inpatient Training, and we led a pilot programme of training in 2018.

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Supervision across the Therapeutic Modalities
The PG Cert in supervising evidence-based psychological therapies will help experienced staff in supervisory positions to incorporate CYP IAPT principles and practices into their clinical supervision, and provide a depth of understanding for supervision within the CYP IAPT interventions.

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Continuing Professional Development
Our Continuing Professional Development workshops are designed by the staff in the department of Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR) at the University of Exeter. The CPD workshops are funded by Health Education England. We aim to provide workshops which will support services in embedding the five CYP IAPT principles, as well as helping qualified CYP IAPT practitioners to maintain their knowledge and skills.

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