Joel Owen


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I am a Lecturer in Evidence-Based Low-Intensity Psychological Therapies, working on the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training programme. I joined the UEA academic staff in early 2017 having worked previously as a PWP in Hertfordshire. I am the Academic Lead on the training, meaning that I lead on academic matters across the programme. I contribute widely to many aspects of the training including teaching, designing course materials, acting as a Personal Advisor to students and liaising with our partner IAPT services. I also contribute occasionally to other work within the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies. I am currently supporting research on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate for example, and am working as a second supervisor on a doctoral thesis. I have also contributed to teaching on the PWP Long-Term Conditions training.

My academic background before training in IAPT is in philosophy, and I have an interest in bringing together my passions for philosophy and psychology in practical ways. It was through my studies in philosophy that I originally developed an interest in early ideas regarding psychological wellbeing, human flourishing and resilience, as well as the philosophical origins of CBT. 

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Academic Background

PGDip in Higher Education Practice - University of East Anglia (Sep 2020)

PGCert in Evidence-Based Low-Intensity CBT - University of East Anglia (Feb 2017)

Masters in Philosophy - University of Warwick (July 2011) 

BAHons in Philosophy - London Metropolitan University (July 2010)

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My current research interests focus on wellbeing and resilience, particularly in relation to psychological therapy practitioners and trainees. I am currently involved in several projects exploring wellbeing, stress and resilience in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) therapists and trainees. 

Education/Academic qualification

University of East Anglia

Award Date: 17 Feb 2020

University of East Anglia

Award Date: 5 Jan 2017

Master of Arts, University of Warwick

Award Date: 18 Aug 2011

Bachelor of Arts, London Metropolitan University

Award Date: 15 Jul 2010