Welcome to this section about service user and carer involvement in the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme.
The aims of service user and carer involvement in the Psychology Doctorate programme are;
To enhance the learning and future practice of clinical psychology trainees by drawing on knowledge and insight gained from the experience of one or more of the following:
Living with physical, neurological or psychological difficulties
Caring for someone who lives with these difficulties
Using services relevant to the field of clinical psychology theory and practice
To collaborate in ensuring that the work of clinical psychologists graduating from the programme is underpinned by values and practices centred on the goals, needs, and strengths of service users and their families.
“Service user involvement in the programme is innovative and exemplary, particularly in relation to the efforts being made to break down the them /us, staff/trainee/service user barrier towards a concept of all of us potentially or actually being service users. This has been and continues to be a process-based, systemic intervention into the whole programme that is an example of national best practice”.
The British Psychological Society 2011
Trainees say service user and carer involvement:
"Helped me to listen"
"Changed the way I work"
“One of the reasons I chose to train at Salomons was the values it holds, in particular the value of the service user and using their voices as experts through experience”
“I really appreciated the interview session – made me consider the complexities of different agendas and perspectives”
People who use services say:
"In the beginning we were seen as potential clients now we are seen as potential a resource. This has changed—"
"Trainees seem to have got a lot out of it, it's really worth while"
"I've learnt a lot about trainees"
Members of SAGE (Salomons Advisory Group of Experts) 2009 - 2011
A Guide to Involving Service Users and Carers in Teaching
Sample Group Agreement