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Publications by the Team

Psychological Interventions & Therapies in Adult Mental Health Publications


Trainging Together Across Specialties: Adapting an Adult Mental Health CBT Training Programme for Older People's, Substance Misuse and Forensic Services

Training Together Across Specialties Poster 2019

The aim of the project was to pilot a series of adapted versions of the established NES training course “An introduction to CBT for Anxiety.” This was to meet the specific needs of staff working in three specialist areas (Older Peoples, Forensic and Substance Misuse Services) and to assess the acceptability of the new training.

A PDF copy is available here. 


The impact of training Occupational Therapy staff to implement Behavioural Activation for Depression

BA Poster 2019

The COBRA study (Richards et al, 2016) demonstrated that the provision of a simpler therapy, Behavioural Activation (BA), was as effective and cheaper than Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in meeting the needs of people with depression. Working as part of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy to increase access to psychological therapies and interventions, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) trained a group of Scottish
experts to provide training in Behavioural Activation for Depression (Martell, Dimidjian & Herman-Dunn 2010) within the NHS boards.

A PDF copy is available here. 



The Delivery of Psychological Interventions in Substance Misuse Services in Scotland Report

LPASS Report June 2018

'The Delivery of Psychological Interventions in Substance Misuse Services in Scotland Report’ was published by the Scottish Government in June 2018.  The paper was developed by the Lead Psychologists in Addiction Services Scotland (LPASS) in partnership with the NES PI&TAMH Substance Misuse workstream.  This guidance has been introduced as a framework to help local areas assess their own training needs and plan for the development of the workforce. Following the publication, a series of events looked at how to maximise the use of current education and training resources to support this report and highlight current training opportunities offered by NES to support workforce development.

A PDF copy is available here



Training Across the Gap: Collaborative Training between NES and Third Sector in Evidence Based Psychological Interventions

Training Across The Gap Poster 2017

The aim of this project was to evaluate partnership working between NHS Education for Scotland and Penumbra to train third sector staff in Cognitive Behavioural Approaches, a psychological intervention used to support people with mental health problems.

A PDF copy is available here.



An evaluation of the implementation of evidence based psychological approach in the third sector

Psychology Directorate Poster 2015

Evidence based psychological approaches (EBPA) help people make positive changes in
their lives. Health Boards, Social Services and the Third Sector are increasingly working
together in an integrated system to implement effective, evidence based psychological
approaches for people with mental health problems. We know from Implementation
Science that effective evidence based approaches are delivered successfully when effective
implementation methods are used within an enabling context, resulting in positive
outcomes for people1. This pilot project aimed to investigate:

1. The supporting infrastructure required for the effective implementation of psychological
approaches within the Third Sector.
2. The acceptability and impact of an evidence based psychological approach model
within the third sector

A PDF copy is available here. 



A review and discussion of psychological therapies and interventions delivered within stepped care service models 2010

To support the delivery of the HEAT access target for psychological therapy, in 2010 the Psychological Interventions Team carried out a review of the literature and services delivering psychological therapies and interventions. The review provides information on effective service organisational structures, clinical assessments and skills within the workforce. This information is designed to guide the development of efficient and effective stepped care psychological therapies and interventions. 

A PDF copy is available here:

Section 1 'Service Delivery systems and Organisation' is available here.

Section 2 'Matching and Assessment of Need' is available here.

Further sections will be uploaded as they are finalised.