The Programme is intended for graduates with a degree in Psychology (or equivalent) and who are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society. Successful completion of the Programme confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Clinical Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society.
Programme Description The Programme has strong links with Health and Social Care Services across Wales. The Programme also enjoys an excellent relationship with the School of Psychology at Cardiff University where it is based, and receives valued support from its commissioners, the Welsh Government.
The Programme is three years full-time and leads to the award of Doctor of Clinical Psychology validated by Cardiff University. Trainees are full-time employees of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) and registered postgraduate students of Cardiff University.
Programme Structure Emphasis is placed on the development of trainee competence through the implementation of collaborative individualised training plans. The Programme is generic in nature and underpinned by a lifespan developmental approach. About half of the Programme time is spent on clinical placement with the rest divided between academic course work, research and personal study. Building upon a firm foundation of training delivered within core clinical specialties and populations, trainees are able to develop their skills in elective placements.
Progamme Staff The Programme’s staffing comprises of clinical-academic staff and administrators. Clinical-academic staffs undertake clinical work within Health and Social Care Services and hold honorary positions with Cardiff University.
“I came to Cardiff first and foremost for the quality of the research group that I work with. Research is competitive at an international level and the group’s multidisciplinary approach provides a stimulating and fruitful environment. Moreover, Cardiff itself is a pleasant place, allowing for more than just school, school and school. In the future I would like to progress within academia and to eventually be able to lead a research group, while having the opportunity to teach.”
All entrants must have graduate basis for chartered membership of the BPS. Relevant experience of paid or voluntary work in a clinical, community or clinical-academic setting with client groups and service settings directly relevant to clinical psychology is also an essential requirement.
Recipient: Cardiff University
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