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DClinPsy Programme of Study

Our Clinical Psychology programme was re-accredited by the BPS and HCPC in 2018. The programme has received several commendations; notably for its design, described as being ‘at the leading edge in relation to NHS priorities’ and (most recently) for service user involvement, which was seen as an example of national best practice. The flexibility of the new programme is a particular strength, particularly providing a greater focus on in-depth clinical skills, developing opportunities relating to leadership, considering dual service-user/professional identities and providing specialist teaching options in the final year of study. The programme continues to evolve within a changing NHS context. Key developments include:

  • Introducing the option of pursuing joint accreditations (initially with the Association of Family Therapists and access to the first module of a new Neuropsychology MSC).
  • New teaching on psychodynamic observation of organisations.
  • A specialist placement in public health.
  • Extending service user and care involvement into all aspects of the course including teaching, selection, research and, most recently, assessment of trainee work.

“I really enjoy being on this course and feel lucky to be learning with the other trainees in my cohort. I have had great placement opportunities so far, and am researching something I am passionate about for my thesis” 

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2021 

 

“I enjoy the range of teaching and value the quality of the teaching.” 

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2021 

Competence framework

The programme is underpinned by a fundamental commitment to a broad understanding of human development, and its challenges, across the lifespan. This is seen as a helpful framework for understanding psychological difficulties and their relationship to biological, social, cultural and spiritual factors. This perspective is seen as complementary to traditional diagnostic classification frameworks and is viewed as an important aspect of person-centred psychological formulation.

“The course appears to be working hard to increase diversity and think about how this is addressed in teaching.” 

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2021 

 

” I feel really grateful to be on this course as I think that the planning and structure of the course is really well thought through.” 

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2021 

 

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