Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)* Realizing the mass public benefit of psychological therapies: The English IAPT experience

Author/s David M. Clark
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/1
Language Italian Pages 14 P. 93-106 File size 325 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2023-001011
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The transcription of a paper given at the meeting "Psychological therapies for anxiety and depression: New forms of clinical and organizational integration" (Island of San Servolo, Venice, Italy, October 26, 2022) is published. After the description of the main characteristics of the English program Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), the importance of some aspects of the IAPT program are discussed, such as the following, among others: the reliability of guidelines; a national training program in evidence-based psychological therapies where also the therapists’ competence is carefully evaluated; the collection and publication of all outcome data, that allowed the understanding and the solution of many problems (e.g., the differences in outcome among ethnic groups, the improvement of services located in socially deprived areas, etc.); the wellbeing and the level of motivation of the psychological therapists (about 10,000) employed in the IAPT services, where there should be leadership figures who do not give importance solely to treatments outcomes but are also able to create a stimulating and innovative environment characterized by the pleasure of working together, improving and learning new things.

Keywords: Psychotherapy in the public sector; Efficacy of psychological therapies; Cost/effectiveness of psychotherapy; Common mental disorders; Psychotherapy research

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David M. Clark, Riuscire a ottenere un beneficio di massa tramite l’offerta di terapie psicologiche: l’esperienza del programma inglese in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 1/2023, pp 93-106, DOI: 10.3280/PU2023-001011