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. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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