An applied training programme which entitles graduates to apply for registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council and as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.
|Name||University of Edinburgh/NHS Scotland Clinical Psychology Training Course (D. Clin. Psychol.)|
|Start date||September/October 2013|
|Length of study||3 years full-time (4-5 years specialist training route)|
|Programme leader||Dr Matthias Schwannauer|
The closing date for applying is 1.00pm (UK time) on the 4 December 2012. The Clearing House does not accept late applications.
The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Edinburgh is offered 3 years full time or as a 4-5 years specialist training programme covering advanced academic work, clinical skills training, a research thesis and supervised clinical practice placements.
The Programme is a partnership between the University, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and a number of NHS Boards in Scotland. Trainees are all employed by NHS Boards as Trainee Clinical Psychologists on full-time contracts for the duration of their training as well as being registered as postgraduate students with the University.
The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the longest established programmes in the UK, having first started in 1959. It offers a wide range of teaching and clinical placements with trainees being attached to one of nine possible health boards throughout Scotland.
The Core Philosophy of the Programme is that trainees should be highly competent practitioners using psychological interventions across a variety of settings. Teaching and supervision is provided in a range of approaches with a range of client groups.
The psychological therapies programme includes training to a high standard in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy; we also include and encourage the use of a range of other approaches including behavioural, systemic, client-centred, and psychodynamic approaches.
"A real strength of the academic teaching is that most lecturers are practising NHS clinical psychologists so there is a practical, real-life basis to what they’re saying."
3rd year trainee
Priority is given to developing an awareness of professional, ethical and service issues in the delivery of clinical psychology interventions. The Programme is committed to keeping up-to-date with recent advances and incorporating these within both academic teaching and clinical placements.
The clinical practice element consists of placements undertaken under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist, almost always in NHS settings, although occasionally within social services.
An additional programme format was developed some years ago. In the specialist training route, the same programme components are spread over four or five years with the additional time being spent in employment within the host NHS board or department.
Trainees on this training route are also employed on full-time contracts for the duration of their training and are registered as postgraduate students with the University.
This article was published on Dec 19, 2012