Online Event - Care in High Volume Session 2: Including social diversity and identity

Presented by Elizabeth Ruth and James Spiers

About the event

This is an online, participative event via the Zoom meeting platform.  This session will not be recorded.

This session considers how we might improve access and engagement to include all identities. There is a primary focus on LGBTQ+ identities and intersectional differences including gender, race, ethnicity, social context and faith that can lead to discrimination.  We will be asking participants to consider potential barriers that people may face who hold difference. Utilising the IAPT BAME positive practice guide as key text in working inclusively and how we might adopt key ideas to improve the current disproportionate LGBT+ access to IAPT services.

This session also considers the broad range of people who access IAPT services in the UK, from social affluence to deprivation and the different challenges around socio economic demographics that can arise in low intensity practice, both practically and interpersonally. Primarily there will be a focus on the systemic challenges of low intensity work in low income demographics. The presentation in this session will focus on a de-identified case study showcasing how LI CBT can be successful for many people despite difficult social circumstances, based on a thorough person-centered assessment of need. This case specifically demonstrates adaptation, whilst maintaining the evidence base for focussed intervention.  Risk and outcome measures are also discussed.

Learning Outcomes
1) Improved interest and delivery of care for people who access low intensity interventions from a diverse range of identities and backgrounds.
2) Increased understanding of therapeutic relationships and skills to manage these effectively.
3) Enhanced awareness of the effect of high volume caseloads on staff wellbeing and shared learning to support supervision.

About the presenter(s)

Elizabeth Ruth has worked as a Low Intensity Therapist (LIT) since 2010, more recently working as a lead practitioner within the Long Term Conditions (LTC) integrated pathway and is now a course tutor on a Low Intensity Psychological Interventions University training course.

James Spiers qualified as a Low Intensity Therapist in 2017 and is currently a second year trainee Counselling Psychologist in a CMHT in the NHS. James also continues to work at step 2 on a part time basis in an IAPT service.


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Registration closes - Wednesday 10 February 2021

13 Feb 2021
20.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
20.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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