Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

11 May 2017

17:15 - 19:15 
Regent's University London

Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections Research Centre

Training and working as a high intensity therapist: is there space for integrative and existential therapists?


Speaker - Dr Michael Worrell

Dr Michael Worrell is a consultant clinical psychologist and cognitive behavioural couple therapist. Additionally he has trained as an existential-phenomenological psychotherapist. Michael has been involved with the national IAPT programme since it began in 2008. He has more recently been a member of the working group responsible for the development of training curricula for interventions for clients with LTCs, with a particular focus on couple-based interventions. Additionally, Michael is a member of the Action for Choice in Psychological Therapies working group, whose aim is to support expanding the range of therapies made available in primary care services, again with a particular responsibility for supporting the expansion of couple-based interventions.


Workshop description

Perhaps one of the most controversial and important developments in the mental health field in the UK has been the development of the IAPT programme. This programme has changed the face of psychological therapies. It has resulted in several thousand new therapists being trained to work in primary care settings and many more people have been offered therapy than may have otherwise been the case. The programme has also been controversial in its insistence on models of therapy adhering to the framework of evidence-based practice. Many integrative, psychoanalytic and existential therapists have been highly critical of these developments. As IAPT has developed, a key agenda has been to increase choice among (evidence-based) therapies offered to clients.


Ticket Information

Regent’s students: FREE (please book
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Regent’s staff: £10

RSPP professional members: £30

External delegates: £35

Non-Regent’s students: £10


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