Content:

  • Key mental health conditions
  • Relationships between mental health, society and lifestyle
  • Legislation and government policy relating to mental health
  • The roles of national organisations relating to mental health
  • Evaluation of the usefulness of a range of sources of information on mental health and its relationship to physical activity
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of a range of mental health interventions
  • Roles and boundaries of the people involved in programming physical activity for individuals with mental health conditions
  • Collect and analyse information about individuals with mental health conditions in relation to programming physical activity
  • The benefits of physical activity for mental and physical health
  • Appraise individuals with mental health conditions prior to programming physical activity
  • Programme physical activity for individuals with mental health conditions
  • Prepare for the delivery of physical activity programmes for individuals with mental health conditions
  • Monitor physical activity programmes for individuals with mental health conditions
  • Adapt physical activity programmes for individuals with mental health conditions
  • Motivate and support individuals with mental health conditions
  • Evaluate physical activity programmes for clients with mental health conditions

Prerequisite:

  • Registration status of full level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
  • 150 hours of relevant professional practice at level 3 in designing, delivering, monitoring, adapting and tailoring exercise programmes for individuals gained within the previous 2 years and at least 6 months’ experience since qualification (this should be reflected in a CV and reference letter)

Assessment:

  • Theory test
  • Research worksheet
  • Analysis test
  • Knowledge questions
  • Programme design
  • Programme delivery evidence
  • Professional discussion
  • Evaluation of programme delivery