Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Critique Of IAPT On BBC TV

On CBT Watch (an Independent Mental Health Watchdog & Discussion Forum), Dr. Mike Scott writes concerning IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), which has now been renamed ‘NHS Talking Therapies’): “here is my 5 minute interview with BBC TV, the…
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The IAPT Service Is an Abject Failure

This article by Michael Scott has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “In 2012, an  editorial in the prestigious journal Nature  claimed that the UK’s IAPT Service is ‘world-beating’—meaning that the service is the world’s best for treating mental health concerns. Now that 10…
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CBT: The Cognitive Behavioural Tsunami

This book has been written by Farhad Dalal. The publishers say: “Is CBT all it claims to be? The Cognitive Behavioural Tsunami: Managerialism, Politics, and the Corruptions of Science provides a powerful critique of CBT’s understanding of human suffering, as well as the…
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‘I feel imprisoned’: why loneliness won’t be solved by national planners

“As lockdown eases, the government’s fixation on top-down strategy is risking the mental health of the loneliest citizens” A centralised approach characterises many government schemes in relation to mental health and wellbeing (the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, for…
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The Industrialisation of Care: counselling, psychotherapy and the impact of IAPT

This book has been edited by Catherine Jackson and Rosemary Rizq. The publishers say: “The UK government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has transformed the landscape of counselling and psychotherapy across England. Local IAPT services provide therapy to thousands…
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Third Wave CBT Integration for Individuals and Teams: Comprehend, Cope and Connect

The publishers say : “This book [published December 2017] introduces a therapy that starts from the perspective of the immediate experience of the individual -‘what it feels like to be me, now’. Developed by the authors, this new, transdiagnostic approach to mental…
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NICE under scrutiny

Although several years old, this paper – “NICE Under Scrutiny” still has great relevance. It looks at the impact of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on the provision of counselling/psychotherapy in the UK. Produced by…
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Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy & Mental Health

The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health (Theory, Research and Practice), edited by Prof. Stephen Joseph, challenges the use of psychiatric diagnoses and makes a powerful case for the effectiveness of person-centred approaches as the alternative way to work with people who would otherwise be diagnosed with…
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