Accreditation for PWPs

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Accreditation for PWPs

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It is expected that eventually PWPs will be able to choose whether to be accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), the BPS (British Psychological Society) or the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Currently only the BABCP has announced its process for accrediting individual PWPs.

Criteria for individual PWP Accreditation by the BABCP
The following eight criteria must be met in order to gain PWP Accreditation:
  • 1. Be a Standard Rate BABCP member. If you are not currently a Standard Rate BABCP member, your registration fee will include Standard Rate BABCP membership.
    2. Graduation from a British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited PWP training course/apprenticeship
    3. Six months’ experience of working within a specified system of care that ensures the right pathways of referral on/stepping up and good clinical governance; such as an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. The six months can include time spent working as a PWP trainee once you have commenced direct patient contact.
    4. You must be accountable for your professional practice to a senior member of your service.*
    5. Agree to a sustained commitment to the theory and practice of PWP working
    6. Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic relationship and competence in the development, maintenance and ending of such relationships, via a Supervisor’s Report, which is submitted in advance of your Register application.
    7. You must adhere to the BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
    8. As part of your clinical work, you must currently be providing a minimum of two hours per week step 2 practice with patients aged 16+ within an adult service. This clinical practice must include both assessment and 1:1 treatment, groups or cCBT. Delivery must be via live interventions e.g. telephone, video or face to face. If cCBT activity is email support only, the two hours would need to include one other form of Step 2 practice listed.
Source: BABCP

Therefore you must currently be working as a PWP and have been doing so continuously for the past six months. Currently the only route available for individual accreditation is for those who have completed an IAPT accredited course (route A). This includes cohorts who studied / graduated before the course was accredited. The BABCP website has links to the forms you need to submit and more detailed information about the requirements.

Further routes to PWP accreditation are planned for those with previous training who then complete IAPT top-up training (route B), or who were already working in a similar role with similar training (e.g. GMHW) before September 2009 (route C).

Course accreditation
Courses will not be accredited by the BABCP, but rather by a joint IAPT/BPS committee that are conducting visits to all PWP courses between April and September 2010. It is expected that courses will be accredited in October 2010 - the outcomes will be announced once a decision has been made about every course visited over the year.

This is different to the accreditation for High Intensity, where both individuals and courses are accredited by the BABCP.

For more information on the course accreditation process see the BABCP website, or the BPS site, which gives details on the committee's work.


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Last modified on 07/10/2022
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