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Registration as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

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BABCP promotes the safe and effective delivery of CBT principles and therapy skills. PWPs are specially trained to work with people who have common mental health problems such as anxiety disorders and depression, to support them in managing their recovery.

PWP registration is currently for those applicants who have graduated from a British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited PWP training course or apprenticeship. 

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What is PWP Registration and who is it for?

We hold a register of individual PWPs who commit to maintaining high quality standards in clinical practice, supervision and continuing professional development, and to adhering to our Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

The PWP Register is part of the Wellbeing Practitioner section of the public CBT Register UK. This includes PWP members and accredited BABCP and AREBT members. The aim of the Register is to protect the public, employers and other agencies by helping them find therapists who have met our required standards. The Register will display your name, location, and BABCP membership number.  

We will register Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who have successfully completed a BPS training programme or apprenticeship. The British Psychological Society (BPS) offers and upholds training standards which ensure PWPs have gained assessment and treatment skills under supervision.

Our registrants must also be 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.

 

Why Register with BABCP?

Our Register of PWPs is the first step in a range of new developments to formally recognise practitioners delivering Low Intensity cognitive behavioural interventions.

PWPs are at the forefront of a number of emerging new professional groups who are applying cognitive behavioural principles in exciting and innovative ways.

We have collaborated in supporting the development of IAPT services in England since they began and have played an active role in raising the profile of PWPs. We offer CPD and an active Low Intensity Practice Special Interest Group. In addition to the Register of PWPs, we are committed to representing and supporting this dynamic workforce which has been developing for over ten years.

Our recognition of practitioners delivering Low Intensity cognitive behavioural principles will initially be open to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners only.

Our ambition is to form and develop an active community of groups using cognitive behavioural principles across the United Kingdom. We aim to expand our recognition of these emerging professions, which are revolutionising our approach to the delivery of psychological therapies in a number of specialist areas.

Raising and promoting standards across the workforces currently delivering cognitive behavioural principles protects the public by promoting effective and competent practice. Working in partnership with our members, we are passionate about supporting and representing workforces using cognitive behavioural principles.

Criteria for Registration

  1. Graduation from a British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited PWP training course/apprenticeship
  2. 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.
  3. You must be accountable for your professional practice to a senior member of your service.
  4. Agree to a sustained commitment to the theory and practice of PWP working.
  5. 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.
  6. You must adhere to the BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics

*If you are currently out of practice, please email us at pwp@babcp.com to re-register as a wellbeing practitioner. If you have recently graduated from a PWP training programme and are actively seeking employment, please ask your most recent placement clinical skills supervisor to complete your report. 

How to Apply and Fees

To apply for PWP registration complete the online PWP application form at the top of this page. Please ensure your supervisor has submitted their PWP Supervisor's Report (available to download below) to pwp.reports@babcp.com before you start your application. If you have been with your current supervisor for less than six months, you must also provide a report from your previous supervisor.

If you are not a current BABCP member, the fee to register will be £127. This includes annual BABCP membership. Your ongoing fees will be £97 per annum (this may be subject to change).

If you are a current BABCP member, the registration fee will be £45. The annual renewal fee of £15 per annum will be added to your membership fee at renewal.

If you were previously accredited by BABCP as a PWP before the relaunch in 2021, your registration application review with BABCP is free of charge. Please email pwp@babcp.com to process your registration.

PWP Supervisor's Reports

Clinical Skills Supervision should be provided by a practitioner who is appropriately qualified and experienced in CBT informed approaches. Supervisors must also be currently practicing and utilising CBT informed approaches. In addition, Supervisors will have completed supervision training on an IAPT Accredited PWP Supervision course.

One PWP Supervisor’s Report is required and must be submitted before you apply for PWP Registration. This should be from your current PWP Clinical Skills Supervisor. If your case manager provides clinical skills as part of your ongoing case management supervision, then they can complete the report. If your current Clinical Skills Supervisor has been supervising you for less than six months, you must additionally provide a PWP Supervisor's Report from your previous Clinical Skills Supervisor, your current Case Management Supervisor, or your current Service Clinical Lead.

DownloadPWP Supervisor's Report [Word]

Evidence of good practice will be assessed based on the PWP Supervisor’s Report provided, including:

  • details of the use of live supervision, including illustrative examples of practice. Live supervision completed during PWP training is acceptable evidence for registration
  • an understanding and appropriate practice of the development, maintenance and ending of therapeutic relationship
  • your general competency, skills and attitudes to practice PWP and CBP principles
  • your adherence to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics

Annual Declaration

PWP Registration is for a period of one year. After this, members are registered annually by making an online declaration of fulfilling the required standards for PWP practice, CBT Skills Supervision and PWP CPD. This is verified by random audit.

BABCP PWP Registration is for people working as a PWP working in an IAPT or similar service. For your annual PWP-related CPD you are expected to engage in a minimum of five learning and development activities, including at least six hours of CBT-informed skills development. You must write a CPD Reflective Statement for each of these activities. At least four of the reflective statements must refer directly to CBT-informed principles and approaches.

BABCP PWP Registration also requires you to undertake regular live assessment of your practice as part of your Clinical Skills Supervision arrangements. You must have at least two live assessments of your practice each year, demonstrating two different interventions. You will continue to have at least one hour per week individual Case Management Supervision, and on average one hour per fortnight Clinical Skills Supervision.

You can include live supervision undertaken during your PWP training when you first apply for inclusion on the Register. You must continue to receive live assessment of your practice each year to maintain your Registration.

Variations/exceptions: We recognise that on rare occasions, PWPs are working in settings where a live assessment is not possible. For example, working with clients who are unable to provide informed consent. If this is the case, the supervisor must account for this in the report and explain how good practice is maintained.

Live Supervision

Whilst inclusion of a regular live element is recommended for ongoing clinical supervision, it is not a requirement between completing training and applying for registration

It is recommended for registration purposes, and a requirement for ongoing registration to include regular live sampling of a Supervisee’s practice within the supervision arrangement. his includes live observation, one way screen, video or audio recording (minimum 2 occasions per year, covering at least 2 patients).  

PWP CPD examples suitable for ongoing Registration

Once registered, you will begin to keep a record of your CPD by writing a Reflective Statement. Examples of suitable CPD include:




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