Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies


The CYP IAPT programme is a whole service transformation model that seeks to improve the quality of children and young people’s mental health services.  As such, it is different from the adult IAPT model, which is focused on setting up new services.

The principles behind CYP-IAPT underpin the development and delivery of the ‘Local Transformation Plans’ and run throughout ‘Future in Mind’.

The CYP IAPT programme includes  core principles as part of its service transformation:

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  • Value and facilitate authentic participation of young people, parents, carers and communities at all levels of the service
  • Provide evidence-based practice and are flexible and adaptive to changes in evidence
  • Are committed to raising awareness of mental health issues in children and young people, and are active in decreasing stigma around mental ill-health
  • Demonstrate that they are accountable by adopting the rigorous monitoring of the clinical outcomes of the service, and
  • Actively work to improve access and engagement with services


London and South East CYP  IAPT Learning Collaborative, What is CYP IAPT? [on-line], accessed 27/02/2019.


Evidence Based Counselling Practice (EBCP)

for 11-25 year olds

We have a team of fully qualified EBCP therapists who work prodominetly in secondry schools and pupil referral units. EBCP has a specific focus on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for anxiety and Humanistic Counselling for mild to moderate depression.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can be useful for those with anxiety as it helps a person deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. CBT is useful for those with general anxiety as well as specific phobias as it encourages the person to change negative patterns to improve the way they feel. CBT focuses on current problems, rather than focussing on issues from the past.

 Humanistic Counselling for depression provides a supportive environment with a focus on self-development and growth. It seeks to help individuals recognise their strength, creativity and choice in the ‘here and now’.

 The number of sessions offered will usually be between 6 -12 with each session lasting 50 minutes.

Recruit to train

We have recruited 8 practitioners to undertake a 2 year training in CYP IAPT. These practitioners will be based in education settings across North Herts and Stevenage. Please see below for more details on the models of support available from March:

Infant Mental Health   (0-5’s)

The First five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important to their long term health and wellbeing.

We work collaboratively with parents to help under 5’s develop healthy and secure relationships that lead to positive behaviour and the ability to learn and thrive both now and in the long term.

Some of the things we can offer support with include behavioural difficulties, sleep, toileting, feeding issues and emotional concerns (including anxiety).  We also offer parenting support.

We work therapeutically with individual families and are trained to deliver the incredible years parenting programme to groups of parents.

Parent Training for Conduct Disorders

(6-12 year olds)


The aim is to assess and treat children between 6 – 12 years with conduct problems using two main interventions:

  1. Incredible Years (IY) group work involving up to 15 parents over a minimum of 14 sessions
  2. Individual Parent Training Programme (PIPT) for a minimum of 5 families having 6-10 sessions

The IY programme will be for children of school age (6-12). Two therapists will facilitate and co-facilitate session interchangeably over time. The space for the group work and materials form a crucial part in the success of the intervention.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities



ASD/LD trainee therapists are able to provide assessments of children and young people with autistic spectrum disorder and / or a learning difficulty, as well as common associated mental health problems. 

We offer individually tailored therapeutic programmes based on research evidence and the preferences of the child / young person and their family. Such programmes might include adapted cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), independence focused interventions (e.g. around food preparation), and techniques for managing challenging behaviour. We can also offer emotional support, advice and signposting for parents / carers and siblings.

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