How we help
IAPT mental health interventions
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a nationwide programme of talking therapies designed to treat adults with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Our IAPT therapies are delivered by fully trained and accredited practitioners and tailored in intensity, duration and disorder-focus according to service user need.
Our wide range of IAPT interventions and services are based on a stepped care model. Our team of Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and High Intensity Therapists deliver Step 1 to 3 interventions. Where possible, these mirror interventions available in the community, and are adapted to fit the prison environment where required.
Step 2 interventions include:
- Psycho-educational workshops on various topics e.g. depression, sleep, anxiety management
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions with a trained Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
- Guided self-help in-cell packs based on CBT principles e.g. exercise, sleep, mindfulness
- Self-help books on prescription
- Signposting to other services
Step 3 interventions include
Structured one-to-one counselling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a trained High Intensity Practitioner.
Group interventions and workshops are regularly added and adapted in response to service user feedback.
Employment services (IAG)
During the induction process, our information, advice and guidance (IAG) advisors help residents to identify career types and roles best matched to their interests and skills. Based on this information, as well as their prior education, work experience, strengths and areas for development, we then devise an action plan tailored to each resident. We work through the action plan with them in a follow up one-to-one, either face-to-face or using the in-cell phone system.
Working alongside the New Futures Network and other partners, we support residents or learners with their job or apprenticeship search, CV preparation and applications. We also provide disclosure advice and interview practice for residents leaving prison.
Our IAG advisors work closely with other prison teams and our partners in the community to identify the right education courses, distance learning and workshops for our learners.
- New Futures Network
- Genuis Within
- Beating the Blues
- Fellowships: Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous (AA, NA, CA)
How to refer
We accept referrals to our IAPT and substance misuse services. Prison residents can complete an application or speak to a member of the team. We also accept referrals from other agencies, prison officers, healthcare, and probation. Our IAG advisors see all residents as part of their induction.
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