The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is a three-year programme of academic and clinical training offered within the School of Psychological Sciences. It is the result of close collaboration between the University and clinical psychologists in North-West England. The programme aims to train practitioners who are able to fulfil the responsibilities and duties of clinical psychologists in a range of settings. It is recognised that the majority of graduates will be employed within the National Health Service. The programme is thus geared to train clinical psychologists who will be able to meet the appropriate client needs and organisational requirements of the NHS and other statutory and voluntary bodies who work in collaboration with the health service. The training covers a wide geographical area, with placements at present available in many health districts and provider units throughout the North West. The structure of the training spans both taught and research elements, with specialist teaching units co-ordinated around intensive clinical placements.
Central to the role of the clinical psychologist is the capacity to understand varied and complex psychological theories and to apply these to formulate cases and plan intervention strategies.
The programme is essentially cognitive-behavioural in orientation and aims to provide trainees with comprehensive, in-depth training in this approach. Training and opportunities for clinical experience are also provided in other methods, particularly family systems and psychodynamic approaches, and trainees are encouraged to critically evaluate all models.
There is a specific focus upon procedures derived from experimental and clinical research, and the model of the scientist-practitioner is encouraged. The approach to case work emphasises full assessment and formulation, followed by the generation and experimental testing of clinical hypotheses.
The programme aims to provide trainees with the skills that will enable them to be reflective practitioners within the changing needs of the NHS.
Academic Requirement - A degree (minimum 2:1) in single honours psychology, or joint honours where psychology constitutes at least fifty per cent of the course, is required.
The degree must already have been awarded at the time of application. Candidates with a 2:2 degree will be considered if they have obtained a further academic qualification such as an MSc or other higher research degree. Applicants who are currently undergraduates are very unlikely to be shortlisted for interview, due to the level of competition. Candidates must establish their eligibility for British Psychological Society graduate registration before commencing the programme.
A minimum of twelve months clinically-relevant experience such as work in a healthcare setting or clinical research is also essential.
Langauage Requirement - Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 8 (with no less than 7 in the writing element).
You are normally required to take an English Proficiency Test.
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