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Working In Clinical Psychology
Working In Clinical Psychology
Working In Clinical Psychology
Working In Clinical Psychology
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Working In Clinical Psychology
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Working In Clinical Psychology

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Presentation by Nick Tarrier, part of the Careers in Psychology event at The University of Manchester, March 2010.

Presentation by Nick Tarrier, part of the Careers in Psychology event at The University of Manchester, March 2010.

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  • 1. Being A Clinical Psychologist Slides from Psychology Careers Event March 2010 All of our handouts are copyright MLP, Careers and Employability Division
  • 2. Stereotypes
  • 3. What is a Clinical Psychologist?
    • Clinical Psychologists work to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being.
    • A Scientist-Practitioner.
    • Clinical Psychologists NOT Psychiatrists.
    • Other type of Psychologists.
  • 4. What do Clinical Psychologists Do?
    • We work with a range of psychological difficulties. A few examples:
      • Anxiety
      • Depression
      • Severe and enduring mental illness (psychoses)
      • Psychological trauma (PTSD)
      • Psychological effects of medical conditions
      • Relationship difficulties
      • Behaviour problems
      • Dementia
      • Acquired brain injury
  • 5. What do Clinical Psychologists Do?
    • Assessments
    • Individual and group therapy
    • Work with other people to bring about change.
    • Research and audit
    • Service development
    • Teaching and training
    • Consultation
    • Report writing (eg medico-legal)
  • 6. Areas within Clinical Psychology
    • Adult mental health
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Older adults
    • Children and adolescents
    • Forensic
    • Neuropsychology/acquired brain injury
    • Addictions
    • General medicine (eg pain clinics, burns unit)
    • + Others
  • 7. Who do we work for and where?
    • Mostly NHS but some people work privately.
    • Hospitals
    • Health centres
    • Community teams and
      • outreach services
    • Often work as part of a
      • multi disciplinary team.
  • 8. Lets be honest we need to know this!
    • Based on 2009 Agenda for change figures
    • Trainee CP £24,800-£26,100
    • Newly Qualified, start at £29,789
    • Experienced CP £37,996-54,258
    • Senior CP £53,256-95,333+
    • Potentially earn more doing private work! (£70-£200/hour)
  • 9. How do I become a Clinical Psychologist? ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION WITH GBC (accredited undergraduate degree, conversion course). WORK EXPERIENCE (eg Assistant Psychologist, Research Assistant, Care assistant). DOCTORATE IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY. Funded by the NHS
  • 10. Doctoral Training Programmes
    • 3 Year Course
    • Year 1 & 2 = Core training
      • Adult Mental Health
      • Older adult
      • Learning Disabilities
      • Children and Adolescents
    • Year 3 – Choose 1 or 2 placements
    • Doctoral level research and dissertation also required.
    • Different courses operate slightly differently.
    • Look at the Clearing House’s prospectus for courses.
  • 11. Keep this in mind
    • Becoming a CP is not impossible - 25% success rate for applicants in 2008
    • Plan ahead for work experience. Start gaining experience as early as possible as an undergraduate.
    • If you apply for a DClin course do your research and sell yourself well.
    • + It’s a great job with great opportunities
    • - It can be stressful. You need some resilience!
  • 12. Further information
    • www.prospects.ac.uk
    • British Psychological Society
    • www.bps.org.uk
    • http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/
  • 13. Questions and answers

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