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This programme has graduate and postgraduate diploma routes and focuses on evidence based interventions for children aged 0-5 and their parents/carers.

Though not currently accredited by BABCP, the course has been designed to meet the predicted assessment and clinical practice requirements, should these courses be accredited in future. The course has also been designed to support AVIGuk accreditation to a minimum of practitioner level. Individual trainees will be able to go on to apply for VIG accreditation if they successfully meet these VIG requirements during the course.

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for practitioners who have experience of working with under-fives and their parents/carers by providing education and training on evidence-based developmental, infant and child mental health interventions.

What is the time commitment for staff?

The course will run from January 2020 to December 2020 and the time commitment will be 0.8 Full time equivalent (FTE) protected time for trainees.

How is the course assessed?

As part of the programme trainees will receive two and a half hours of university-based group supervision of your Incredible Years and Video Interaction Guidance practice a week, including group and individual work. There will be a minimum of 70 hours of combined workplace and university supervision over the course year, which includes the weekly supervision of your individual parent work and VIG work from your workplace supervisor over the year. You will be expected to bring video clips to both University and your service setting for supervision.

Staff will run one Incredible Years Group, with children aged 3-5 years and they are experiencing difficulties with their behaviour.

For the VIG work, trainees will need to have seen at least six, closely supervised, completed individual parent cases. There must be a total of 18 cycles completed across the families and will receive a minimum of 20 hours of workplace VIG supervision across the course of the year.

For the individual, behaviour and regulatory work, three cases must be seen. These cases will be where the child experiences difficulties with feeding, toileting, sleeping or persistent crying. The child must be 18 months to 3 years of age. The individual parent work will be closely supervised through bringing therapy tapes to the university and by bringing clips to workplace supervision.

Further assessment is completed via essays, videotaped assessment and sessions, case reports, case presentation, supervision reports and reflective logs.

How do I find out more?

Please see the University of Exeter’s CEDAR CYP IAPT 0-5 handbook for further details about the content and structure of the programme and how to apply.

For more information please email us directly or contact the programme lead Ann Hockaday at this link.