Careers in Clinical Psychology

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Careers in Clinical Psychology

  1. 1. Careers in Clinical Psychology Dr. Kate Cavanagh & Dr. Kathy Greenwood
  2. 2. What is a Clinical Psychologist?• A health professional who aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being.• A wide range of psychological difficulties may be dealt with, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, learning disabilities, child and family problems and serious mental illness.
  3. 3. What kind of work do we do?• Assessment• Formulation – (making sense of what is going on)• Intervention including Psychological Therapies• Supervision• Teaching / Training• Research• Leadership• In the NHS and in the private sector
  4. 4. How to become a Clinical Psychologist?• Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership – This is achieved by completing a British Psychological Society accredited degree or conversion course• Completion of a British Psychological Society accredited Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. – 3 year, full time training program, funded by NHS• Registration with the Health Professional Council (HPC) – NB Continuous professional development
  5. 5. Professional structure in the NHSGBCM andotherexperience
  6. 6. Applying for clinical psychology training• Approximately 580 funded training places per year in the UK offered across 30 University courses• Apply through the Leeds Clearing Househttp://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/
  7. 7. Leeds Clearing House for Clinical Psychology Training
  8. 8. Bangor University - North Wales University of Bath University of Birmingham Coventry and Warwick University of East Anglia University of East London• Course Centres University of Edinburgh - NHS Scotland University of Essex - Tavistock University of Exeter University of Glasgow - NHS Scotland University of Hertfordshire Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London Lancaster University University of Leeds University of Leicester University of Liverpool University of Manchester Newcastle University North Thames - University College London OxfordPlus Plymouth University Royal Holloway, University of London• University of Hull Salomons, Canterbury Christ Church University• Queens University Belfast University of Sheffield University of Southampton South Wales Staffordshire and Keele University of Surrey Teesside University Trent - Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham
  9. 9. Applying for clinical psychology training• You can apply for up to 4 courses through Leeds Clearing house• The deadline for applications is in late November each year (to begin training the following September)• Information for international students:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/BasicInternationalFunding.html
  10. 10. Applying for clinical psychology training• Highly competitive application process – In 2012 there were 3587 applicants for only 586 places (e.g. 1 in 7 success rate, 85% rejection rate)• Average age of trainees at start of course is around 27/28
  11. 11. Applications and offers
  12. 12. What are they looking for• Note – each course is different (see Leeds Clearing House for course details), but…• Common themes across courses in what they are looking for – Evidence of academic ability – Evidence of research experience and ability – A basic understanding of what clinical psychologists do, why and how. – Evidence of experience of working in the kinds of settings that clinical psychologists work – Evidence of working with the kinds of people that clinical psychologists work (both service users and professionals) – Reflection: the ability to learn from your experiences, whatever they are.
  13. 13. Getting the experience you need• Assistant psychologist posts – Sign up to emails on www.jobs.nhs.uk• Research assistant posts on clinical research projects – Sign up to emails on www.jobs.ac.uk• Local jobs in support work etc – Keep an eye on vacancies in the Argus etc• Other opportunities – Charity and Voluntary sector
  14. 14. Useful resources for aspiring clinical psychologists
  15. 15. British Psychological Society
  16. 16. Division of Clinical Psychology
  17. 17. Pre-qualification group
  18. 18. Health Professionals Council
  19. 19. Leeds Clearing House for Clinical Psychology Training• http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/
  20. 20. What are they looking for• Note – each course is different (see Leeds Clearing House for course details), but…• Common themes across courses in what they are looking for – Evidence of academic ability – Evidence of research experience and ability – A basic understanding of what clinical psychologists do, why and how. – Evidence of experience of working in the kinds of settings that clinical psychologists work – Evidence of working with the kinds of people that clinical psychologists work (both service users and professionals) – Reflection: the ability to learn from your experiences, whatever they are.
  21. 21. Alternative Course Handbook
  22. 22. ClinPsy.org.uk – aspiring clinicalpsychologists community website
  23. 23. Keeping other options in mind…• e.g. Increasing access to psychological therapies – primary wellbeing practitioner training• http://www.iapt.nhs.uk/
  24. 24. Other useful resources• MIND – www.mind.org.uk/• RETHINK – http://www.rethink.org/• Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust – http://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/• Jobs in the NHS – www.nhs.uk/ jobs• Research jobs – www.jobs.ac.uk
  25. 25. MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health

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