Our Summer School offers a unique opportunity to explore the field of mental health and therapy. Participants will gain insights into the role of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs), who specialize in supporting individuals with common mental health issues like anxiety disorders and depression on their journey to recovery.


Through interactive sessions, attendees will meet mental health experts in various roles, gaining valuable insights into potential career paths and practicalities of entering the field. Networking opportunities will abound, allowing participants to connect with like-minded peers and professionals, fostering connections beneficial for future endeavours.


By attending, participants will not only deepen their understanding of therapy but also gain a head start on their career aspirations, with the added bonus of receiving a certificate of attendance to enhance their CVs.

Who this Summer School is for

Undergraduate Psychology students in their 2nd and 3rd/final year, and recent graduates from the following universities:
  • UCL
  • UEL
  • City
  • South Bank
  • Kings College London
  • Queen Mary

School leavers/college students (16+) from Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest in the following courses:

  • Health and social care
  • Counselling
  • Adult social care
  • Any other care/counselling/social work/psychology related courses

NELFT staff considering careers in mental health, more specifically the PWP career pathway

Benefits of attending the Summer School

  • Consider potential career paths
  • Understanding of what therapy may entail
  • Meet mental health experts in different roles
  • Discover the practicalities of how to get into this role and get a head start on the next round of applications
  • Build skills by networking with likeminded people and foster connections for future, which will be beneficial for the working world
  • Great addition for your CVs and you also get a certificate of attendance! 

Overview of the 3 days

  • Overview of NHS Talking Therapies and the stepped care model
  • What therapy looks like across the different steps in talking therapies
  • Career pathways, skills needed and how to get into this role
  • Role of service users
  • Partnership working with other services and UCL course representative to discuss the academic side of training

Key details:

Dates: Wednesday 12th June – Friday 14th June 2024, 10-4pm

Location: City Gates, Ilford. 25-29 Clements Rd, Ilford IG1 1BH. Nearest tube station: Ilford station.

Cost: Free

How to apply

Please use the link below to fill in the application form on our website and you will be contacted by email with further details.

The deadline for applications is May 17th, 5pm!


Please note that due to a limited number of spaces available and our commitment to serving individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, participants will be randomly selected from eligible applicants.

If you have any specific questions, contact us directly at: TalkingTherapiesSummerSchool@nelft.nhs.uk

Barking & Dagenham

0300 300 1554—option 3

9am–5pm, Monday–Friday


0300 300 1554—option 2

9am–5pm, Monday–Friday


0300 300 1554—option 1

9am–5pm, Monday–Friday

Waltham Forest

0300 300 1554—option 4

9am–5pm, Monday–Friday