I am a Lecturer in Evidence-Based Low-Intensity Psychological Therapies, working in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies. I currently work as the module 2 organiser for the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training programme, which I have been doing since early 2021. I completed my own PWP training at UEA in 2018 and joined the UEA Academic team as an Associate Tutor in November 2019, becoming a Clinical Lecturer in early 2020. I have worked in a range of different roles within the mental health sector, granting myself an informed understanding of the necessity for an IAPT programme and a strong passion for the PWP role. Alongside my academic work I continue to work clinically as a PWP, and PWP Case Management Supervisor, within an IAPT+ service in Norfolk.
I began my academic career studying film production at an undergraduate level in 2010, before making the move into the field of psychological therapies post-graduation. I completed my PWP training in 2018, gaining the Postgraduate Certificate in Low intensity CBT Practice. I am currently studying towards an MA in Higher Education Practice.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
My current academic interest resides in the use of interpersonal skills in LI-CBT. The relationship between the practitioner, patient and self-help material is a unique one, I am interested in the role a practitioner’s interpersonal skills plays in the ‘coaching’ of this material. I am currently responsible for the development of the teaching of interpersonal skills within the PWP course and am working on a journal article documenting and reflecting upon this development.