This new two-year programme is specifically being commissioned by NHS England (NHSE) with a view to developing the careers and employability of those trained on Children and Young People’s Mental Health CYP-MH (previously CYP-IAPT) Low Intensity Trainings.

The main aims of the programme are to enable students to extend their clinical skillset and widen the scope of presentations that they are trained to work with. During year one, students will develop knowledge and skills in working with various advanced anxiety presentations as well as evidence-based low intensity interventions for neurodivergent children and young including Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Learning Disabilities, and their families. In year two, students will also develop their skills in supervising in-training and newly qualified low intensity practitioners.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to graduates of one of the following programmes:

  1. PGCert / PGDip CYP Psychological Wellbeing Practice (CWP)
  2. PGDip Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)

Practitioners qualified in either of these programmes, with ideally two-years of post-qualification experience, will be able to apply to do the Postgraduate Diploma. However candidates with a minimum of one year post qualification experience are also encouraged to apply. 

In addition to this, we normally require a minimum of an upper second-class honours, Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject e.g. psychology or other health/social care/youth related undergraduate degree.

Candidates should also have sufficient experience of working with children and young people in clinical settings. They will be competent/ accredited in the clinical models that they are supervising. They will be actively involved in supervising within their clinical sites.

Career Prospects

Students who will attend the programme are applying for places that are commissioned nationally by region, with the specific purpose of enhancing their employability and effectiveness as low intensity practitioners, with the overall aim of improving children and young people and their families’ experiences of inclusive mental health services. It is hoped that following the course they will be retained in these roles for some time, with more developed skills in the interventions they provide and in supervising others who are training after them.

Further Information

For more information about the programme, including content, structure or to make an application, please visit the UCL website.


For all enquiries related to this programme, please contact the Programme Officer. 


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