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Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsychol)

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Programme description

First taught in 1959, this advanced practitioner programme is one of the longest established of its kind in the UK.

The standard qualification for a career in clinical psychology, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology will entitle you to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council and chartered status with the British Psychological Society.

You'll be trained to an advanced level in the use of psychological interventions across a variety of settings, and gain competencies in the application of a range of therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy and interpersonal therapy, and other approaches.

In addition to compulsory competencies in psychological therapies and clinical case management, you will also achieve advanced competencies in consultation and supervision, service development and governance and applied psychology research and evaluation.

The programme is constantly updated to ensure it reflects current practice, and you’ll be taught by lecturers who, as practitioners, are able to convey the most up-to-date methods and theories.

Thanks to our partnership with NHS Education for Scotland and a number of Scottish NHS boards, you’ll be employed throughout your training as a trainee clinical psychologist. Half of your training will be clinical practice-based and you will complete a number of clinical practice placements, usually within your employing NHS Health Board area, covering different specialties and service areas.

Programme structure

Your learning will be spread across six blocks, spaced throughout your years of training, and interspersed with supervised NHS placements in linked areas.

Placements cover a wide range of work in psychiatric, general, learning disability and rehabilitation hospitals, both in primary care settings and in the community.

Year 1 courses:

Clinical Psychology I
Adult Mental Health
Intellectual Disabilities
Research 1

Year 2 courses:

Clinical Psychology II
Children, Adolescents and Families
Neuropsychology and Older Adults
Research 2

Year 3 courses:

Advanced Practice (seminars covering different specialist populations, e.g. psychosis, trauma, eating disorders, and therapies, such as ACT, IPT, CAT, Mentalization, Schema Therapy)

Learning outcomes

The core purpose of the clinical psychology training programme is to train clinical psychologists to doctorate level, which allows trainees to impart the range of competences necessary to become eligible to apply for chartered status within the British Psychological Society and to apply for Health Professions Council registration as a Practitioner/Clinical Psychologist.

The programme provides sufficient experiences to equip trainees with the skills, knowledge and core values of the profession to work effectively within the NHS with a range of clients and in different settings using various psychological interventions.

Competent trainees will:

-be able to apply psychological skills, knowledge and values to clinical problems; that is, trainees will be able to assess, formulate, evaluate and solve problems using a range of psychological theories and knowledge
-be able to apply knowledge of the different areas of clinical psychology to form a basis for working in any of the current applied fields of clinical psychology
-have practical, clinical and research skills, knowledge and values that will enable them to pursue a career in any area of clinical psychology and with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds and in academic, health or community settings
-be skilled at communicating effectively with clients, and with staff from other disciplines and to work within multi-disciplinary teams as a clinician, supervisor or consultant
-be skilled in the knowledge and values required to work effectively with clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds
-understand the social context within which psychological problems may develop, and how environments may be modified in an attempt to ameliorate problems
-understand the need for regular evaluation of their work, be skilled in self-reflection and self-awareness, understanding the need for continuing professional development after qualification

Career opportunities

Once registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Psychological Society, you will be eligible to apply for employment as a clinical psychologist in the NHS or with other organisations, and commence a rewarding career in this stimulating field.

Visit the Clinical Psychology (DClinPsychol) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have: at least a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology and eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) at the time of applying. Relevant experience which allows the applicant to apply psychological principles in practice is essential. Applicants who have taken conversion courses that confer GBC must have received a 2:1 in their first undergraduate degree and will then be viewed as equivalent to applicants whose original degree confers GBC. Applications cannot be accepted from candidates who do not have the right to work in the UK without restriction.

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