Despite a common perception that individual appointments with a practitioner are the most acceptable and effective way to deliver a psychological intervention, Low Intensity group interventions that are in-line with NICE guidance as to content and duration can be both exciting and effective. Teaching the theory and stages of Low Intensity psychological interventions (psychoeducation) is a foundational skill in Low Intensity practice. Low Intensity group-based psychoeducation, both in large group didactic formats and smaller workshop-style interactive group settings, is familiar to most Low Intensity practitioners in the IAPT programme. The group education format can support both single and multi-strand interventions comfortably and appropriately, while the benefits of the group environment in normalising the experience of common mental health disorders can enhance the clinical effectiveness of the interventions. At the same time the efficiency of delivering evidence-based information to larger groups of patients make group-based psychoeducation both time and cost efficient. A number of factors can affect the success of a Low Intensity psychoeducation course, from practitioner effects to group composition. As the Low Intensity Professions expand, this is a timely moment to revisit key skills and guidance for delivery of effective Low Intensity psychoeducation courses.
The event will be equivalent to 1.1/2hrs of CPD.
This webinar will:
Provide a reminder of the NICE guidelines and IAPT Manual recommendations about Low Intensity group-based interventions.
Consider the benefits of pre-group preparation and assessment.
‘Top tips’ to affirm your skill in managing the delivery of a Low Intensity psychoeducation course, including co-facilitation.
Illustrate factors that might affect patient engagement, retention and outcomes.
Managing the caseload element of group facilitation and delivery: drop-out and risk management.
You will learn:
How to deliver a robust and inviting rationale or invitation for participation in a group-based intervention
How to prepare for group delivery, including competencies and practicalities
Key skills for addressing difficulties that might arise in a group setting
Didactic content, Q&A, and polls.
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About the presenter
Elizabeth Ruth is an Assistant Professor and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner course leader at the University of Bradford. She trained as a Low Intensity Psychological Practitioner at the University of Sheffield in 2010 and practiced as a PWP, Senior and Lead PWP in IAPT for more than a decade before transitioning into education. Elizabeth is the author of notaguru.blog and the current Chair of the Low Intensity Special Interest Group in the BABCP.
Who should attend
This webinar is suitable for any Low Intensity Practitioner who is involved in designing and delivering psychoeducation group-based interventions. Although this webinar draws on learning from work in an adult IAPT service, other adult Low Intensity CBT practitioners, CYP and EMHP practitioners may also benefit from participation.