Clinical psychology: A rough guide






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  • Clinical Psychology: A rough guide Fleur-Michelle Coiffait Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Edinburgh & NHS Lothian PsyPAG Division of Clinical Psychology RepresentativeMonday, 14 May 2012
  • Overview • What is it? • What does it involve? • How do I get into it? • How hard is it? • How do I increase my chances? • QuestionsMonday, 14 May 2012
  • Background • Using psychological theory and research findings to understand and work with psychological distress and dysfunction • Promoting psychological wellbeing • Facilitating development of others’ psychological knowledgeMonday, 14 May 2012
  • History • Initial focus on psychological assessment and psychometric testing • Following WWII, increased need for psychological interventions • 1980s and 1990s saw proliferation of psychological therapies • Shift back towards research, consultation leadership and managementMonday, 14 May 2012
  • What do clinical psychologists do? • Therapy and direct work (e.g. CBT, group therapy, psychodynamic therapy, etc) • Systemic working with families and significant others • Consultation for other professionals • Supervision of others, including other professionalsMonday, 14 May 2012
  • What do clinical psychologists do? • Research in a clinical setting • Teaching and training students, other psychologists, other professionals • Involvement in developing guidelines and policy at organisational, local and national level • Court work as an expert witnessMonday, 14 May 2012
  • Where do clinical psychologists work? • Predominantly in the NHS but also in for private healthcare and forensic units • General hospitals, outpatient clinics, inpatient psychiatric wards, rehabilitation wards, residential services, hospices, Department of Health and many more....Monday, 14 May 2012
  • Who do they work with? • All ages, from infants to older adults • People with psychiatric diagnoses, learning disabilities, brain injuries, degenerative diseases, sexual problems, chronic pain, physical health problems, addictions, offenders, people in the armed forces...Monday, 14 May 2012
  • How do you train as a clinical psychologist? • BPS accredited undergraduate degree (BSc/BA) or conversion diploma in Psychology with GBC • Ideally a 2:1 or above • If a 2:2, supplementary postgraduate degree (e.g. MSc, MRes, MA, PhD)Monday, 14 May 2012
  • How do you train as a clinical psychologist? • 12 months+ relevant work experience • BPS accredited Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (3-5 years) • So 7+ years training all together!Monday, 14 May 2012
  • Why would you want to do all that?! • Challenging, rewarding role where you apply your psychological knowledge • Variety of jobs in a range of settings and lots of opportunities to specialise • Flexibility of role and part-time working • Emphasis on CPD and continued learningMonday, 14 May 2012
  • Why would you want to do all that?! • Subsidised doctoral training with fees paid and starting salary of c £24k rising each year of training • Newly qualified psychologist salary c £30k • Earn £60k+ as a Consultant Clinical PsychologistMonday, 14 May 2012
  • What does the training involve? • Rotational placements in core areas: learning disabilities, adult mental health, children and families and older adults • Specialist / elective placement(s) • Exams and coursework, including research projects, case reports and essays • Doctoral thesis - extensive piece of self- directed researchMonday, 14 May 2012
  • How do you get into it? • Focus on getting a good undergraduate degree / conversion diploma whilst maintaining a good work-life balance • Look for volunteering, befriending or support work opportunities • E.g. university research departments, charities, care homes, special schoolsMonday, 14 May 2012
  • How do you get into it? • Volunteering good way to gain experience for paid roles • Graduate psychology roles - research assistant, assistant psychologist, IAPT jobs such as psychological wellbeing practitioner • Ideally supervised by a clinical psychologist and based within the NHSMonday, 14 May 2012
  • How do you get into it? • Postgraduate courses, e.g. MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology, MRes • Think creatively about finding opportunities to work in settings related to clinical psychology or where you may come across clinical or other applied psychologistsMonday, 14 May 2012
  • How hard is it? • People will tell you its extremely difficult and will probably say not to bother • Reality is that it is very competitive due to being a popular career choice • Up to 200+ applications for any one assistant psychologist post • 25% of doctorate applicants gain a place • Not easy, but by no means impossible!Monday, 14 May 2012
  • How do I maximise my chances? • Work hard academically but enjoy your studies and maintain a work-life balance • Look for opportunities to gain relevant experience • Speak to clinical psychologists and network • Attend a local assistant psychologist group (usually open to all, not just graduates)Monday, 14 May 2012
  • Are there any similar careers? • Educational or counselling psychology • Academic psychology / research / teaching • Other therapist roles such as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, High Intensity Therapist, Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (Scotland only) • Psychotherapist • Mental health nursingMonday, 14 May 2012
  • Useful websites, 14 May 2012
  • Questions?Monday, 14 May 2012
  • Further reading Beinart, H., Kennedy, P. & Llewelyn, S. (2009). Clinical psychology in practice. Chichester: BPS Blackwell. Cheshire, K. & Pilgrim, D. (2004). A short introduction to clinical psychology. London: Sage. Hall, J. & Llewelyn, S. (2006). What is clinical psychology? Oxford: Oxford University PressMonday, 14 May 2012