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Helping our therapists be the best they can be

When therapists feel confident, challenged and skilled, it not only facilitates the provision of excellent patient care also but also makes for a happy and motivated therapist community. That’s why we offer tailored support to all of our therapists.

Continuing professional development (CPD) and quality Clinical Supervision are essential tools to build on our therapists’ skills and further their experience. These tools also ensure that clinicians provide high quality interventions and remain up to date with the latest evidence.

All Clinical Affiliate Therapists working for Ieso are required to be accredited by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). This ensures that all of our patients receive evidence-based therapy delivered by well-qualified, experienced professionals. We are passionate about upholding our high standards. We support our community of therapists by providing them with Clinical Supervision and CPD as required by the BABCP.

Therapists can often find it challenging to access good quality CPD, mainly due to the costs, time and travel involved. Often therapists are required to take annual leave in order to attend the events and pay for their own travel, which can add up to several hundred pounds a year.

At Ieso, we approach CPD differently. We want to help our therapists grow professionally in a way that is not only convenient to them, but tailored to their individual needs.

Since 2012 the Ieso CPD programme has been delivered via webinars and face to face workshops. We have found that through these programmes, Ieso therapists quickly start to develop new skills and knowledge, helping them adapt to working online effectively.

Through continual review of our clinical outcome data, we are developing a new and enhanced CPD programme for 2016/17.

We are expanding on the current programmes according to a new set of learning objectives. The content will be delivered using different formats via our new Electronic Learning Platform. This will include podcasts, videos, recorded webinars and virtual classrooms as well as online supervision, presentations, and other online resources.

In addition to e-learning materials, the clinical team will provide interactive question and answer webinars. These are designed to consolidate the learning derived from each learning task. All are flexible, easy to access and free for Ieso therapists.

The new programme consists of 3 modules all of which meet the requirements of BABCP.

Modules 1 and 2 are mandatory, free of charge to all Clinical Affiliates and will be online. These cover an introduction to working online and adapting disorder specific protocols for patients online.

Clinical Affiliate Therapists with larger caseloads will be invited to access learning events in Module 3, which will cover more advanced and specialist topics. These will include events delivered both face to face and online and will also be free of charge.

Advantages of CPD via e-learning

E-learning reaches a wider audience by engaging learners and is especially valuable when used by therapists who are highly motivated and appreciate proceeding at their own pace. Conventional classroom training for some can be a burden because they might be:

  • Geographically dispersed with limited time and/or resources to travel
  • Busy with work or family commitments which do not allow them to attend courses on specific dates with a fixed schedule

Self-Paced Learning Online has a number of additional benefits for Clinical Affiliates:

  • Learners are free to learn at their own pace
  • With your Clinical Supervisor you will be able to discuss and agree personal learning paths based on individual needs and interests
  • Learning materials and tools can be revisited time and time again to enhance and embed learning

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