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Health Psychology


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Dr Lisa Graham-Wisener at the PSI & NIBPS Careers Day 2019

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Health Psychology

  1. 1. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY Lisa Graham-Wisener @lgrahamwisener
  2. 2. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY . . . Is the application of psychological theory, methods and research to: - the enhancement of health - The prevention and treatment of disease - The identification of health risk factors - Improvement of the health care system - The shaping of public opinion with regard to health 2
  3. 3. WHO DEFINITION OF HEALTH World Health Organization (WHO) Definition of Health “A complete state of physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” 3
  4. 4. WHY IS HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT?  Changing Patterns of Disease and Death  Escalating Costs of Health Care  EvolvingView of Health 4
  5. 5. AN EXAMPLE- OBESITY  Ireland is set to become the most obese country in Europe, with the UK, within a decade 5
  6. 6. 6 The default option
  8. 8. 8 Altruistic Indulgence
  9. 9. WHAT DO HEALTH PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?  One-to-one and group client work with physically unwell patients in clinical settings  Development of healthcare policy at local, regional, national, and international levels  Health promotion in the community and in organisations  Training in psychology for health professionals and the education of trainee health psychologists  Development of health-management interventions through research 9
  10. 10. BECOMING A HEALTH PSYCHOLOGIST 1. It is necessary to have an accredited degree (or equivalent) in psychology (recognised by BPS/PSI) 2. Must complete a period of postgraduate training of at least 3 years Health Psychologists in the UK are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council Professional representation via Division of Health Psychology, BPS/PSI 10
  11. 11. ROUTETO CHARTERED PSYCHOLOGIST / REGISTERED HEALTH PSYCHOLOGIST  Stage 1 - MSc - certifies academic knowledge base.  Stage 2 - at least 2 years supervised practice - professional competence, research, consultancy, teaching and training and delivery of psychological interventions. 11
  12. 12. MSC COURSES – LEADINGTO STAGE 1  Various accredited courses in England, Scotland and Wales: training/accredited-courses-training- programmes/accredited-courses-training-progra  Ireland Ulster University – distance learning NUI Galway 12
  13. 13. DOCTORAL LEVEL COURSES – LEADINGTO STAGE 2 Southampton, Glasgow (Caledonian), Liverpool John Moores, Staffordshire University, University of Surrey, University of theWest of England NUI Galway  Independent Route BPS - training/society-qualifications/health-psychology/health- psychology Funded trainee positions (Scotland) 13
  14. 14. SUMMARY 14 Undergraduate Psychology Qualification Accredited MSc Health Psychology (Stage 1) Accredited Doctoral Programme (Stage 2) Health Psychologist BPS Independent Route (Stage 2)
  15. 15. USEFUL LINKS  BPS Health Psychology: and-communities/member- microsite/division-health-psychology  PSI Division of Health Psychology health-psychology