TRAINING IN GUIDED SELF-HELP FOR LOW INTENSITY PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS
Students in Training in Guided Self-Help for Low Intensity Psychological Interventions can get in touch with: Application of evidence-based psychological principles in the treatment of common mental disorders and the promotion of mental health using the guided self-help approach.
It aims to train undergraduate students in psychology to provide structured assessments and guided self-help of low intensity psychological interventions to individuals with milder levels of mental conditions under the supervision of clinical psychologists.
Courses in this concentration area make use of role-plays and other experiential learning modes, along with procedural and reflective practice to prepare students to enter into the workforce as Psychological Wellbeing Officers. The concentration area aims to narrow the huge gap between supply and societal demand for psychological services.
The training and practice in this concentration area is modeled after the nation-wide Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in the United Kingdom, which serves over 1 million people each year with a recovery rate close to 50%.
Stepped Care Model
The stepped care model may be able to alleviate this burden and increase efficiency by providing interventions to individuals based on their level of mental health needs and by training non-professionals to provide low intensity psychological interventions for those with milder levels of mental health conditions.
Compared to the long waiting time of public psychological services and expensive costs of private services, the stepped care model characterised by guided self-help for low intensity psychological interventions is highly accessible and can be delivered at a lower cost.