The aim of the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT)programme is to improve both the effectiveness of treatment and the experiences of children,young people and parents in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
Evidence Based Practice is one of the five core principles of the CYP IAPT programme. Evidence based practice is the “The integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and patient preferences” (American Psychological Association Task Force on Evidence-based Practice, 2006).
One of the key principles of CYP IAPT is use of evidence to guide clinical and managerial decision making and increasing access to interventions that have been found to be effective (see NICE guidelines). The collaborative can support implementation of evidence based care pathways and practice in services through training and consultancy.
Postgraduate training in evidence based modalities
Postgraduate training for CYP IAPT therapists is currently offered to services in the following evidenced modalities:
- CBT for anxiety and depression
- Systemic Family Practice for eating disorders, depression and self-harm, and conduct disorders
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents for depression
- Parent Training for conduct problems
Enhanced Evidence Based Practice curriculum (EEEP)
The EEBP curriculum is aimed at increasing knowledge of evidence based practices for people who work with CYP and want to improve their skills without undertaking the full postgraduate training.
EEEBP has a focus on core skills, assessment, and brief, low intensity interventions.