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The industrialisation of therapy: What is the impact of IAPT on counselling and psychotherapy
After the success of this day long conference in London (June 2019) we are now bringing the event to Manchester.
This conference aims to bring together practitioners, academics, researchers and all those interested in the future of mental health services for a day of discussion and debate.
Since 2008, the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has been rolled out across England. In the ten years of its existence, it claims to have transformed mental health services, bringing therapy to thousands of people experiencing depression and anxiety. But what has been the impact of IAPT’s tightly-regulated, medicalised model of mental health care on services and those who work in them? Can IAPT’s ‘factory’ system of care, driven by psychiatric diagnosis, fast through-put and quick outcomes really address the rising tide of mental distress?