Academic Director: Dr Danny TaggartThe University of Essex Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has been training people to become reflective and highly competent clinical psychologists since October 2005. The programme was developed in partnership with commissioners from the Health Education East of England, the University of Essex, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and NHS Trusts based in Essex.
This three year full time doctoral level training programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The programme benefits from the input and support of clinicians based in Essex (within trusts such as Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust) and at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has a national role in providing mental health training with a particular emphasis on multi disciplinary work. These clinicians also contribute to the teaching, research, placements and other operational activities. The programme is housed in the vibrant academic and research community of the School of Health and Human Sciences (SHHS) of the University of Essex. The School has an excellent reputation for research and teaching in health and social care, and it is committed to inter professional learning.
Some of the benefits of studying on our programme include:
Our relatively small trainee cohorts offer trainees the opportunity to work closely with the programme team and with one another. Such close working relationships, combined with robust and holistic support systems for trainees’ personal and professional development, provide an optimal training experience and foundation for trainees’ career long personal and professional development.
The programme is particularly well integrated with local research and clinical networks. Clinicians working in the region contribute directly to the course through teaching, supervision (on placements and as field research supervisors) and other aspects of the programme. This close collaboration provides many opportunities for ensuring strong theory practice integration.
Trainees on this programme benefit from our links with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which contribute to the integrative nature, research opportunities and clinical excellence of the programme.
The programme aims to develop the critical and reflective competencies of trainees. We provide learning opportunities for developing flexibility, leadership skills and reflective practice that are essential to meet the challenges faced by the profession of clinical psychology and by health services.
We place a priority on responding to trainees’ feedback and on reviewing and updating the way in which training is delivered in order to remain responsive to current needs and developments at the forefront of clinical psychology. The programme engages these stakeholders to remain responsive to local mental health needs.
Trainees are adult learners and junior colleagues who contribute to the overall training programme and one another’s training experience. The programme team places a premium on clear communication and consultation in decision making, incorporating the views of trainees,
service users and other stakeholders in the effective delivery of the training programme.
The programme equips trainees to apply psychological knowledge and theory to research and practice in the service of reducing psychological distress and promoting and enhancing psychological wellbeing.
Trainee clinical psychologists on our programme develop all competencies required of clinical psychologists by the HCPC and the BPS. We consider a competent clinical psychologist to be more than the sum of a number of competencies. Our reflective and integrative focus enables trainees to develop meta competencies required for reflective, integrative, ethical, autonomous research and evidence based practice.
The programme does not focus on one model or approach, but instead draws on a number of different models and approaches including behavioural, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, systemic and integrative approaches alongside developmental, socio political, critical and other perspectives. The main therapeutic modalities are CBT, systemic and short term psychodynamic models.
The programme is committed to recognising, accommodating and embracing diversity.
Applicants to the programme should:
Have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.
Demonstrate at least one year’s full time, or equivalent, clinical or research experience relevant to clinical psychology (see the Entry Criteria FAQs on our website for further details). Applicants need to demonstrate that they have a realistic understanding of what the work of clinical psychologists entails and demonstrate experience of applying psychological theory in a clinical setting.
Demonstrate proficiency in English. For instance,
if an applicant’s first language is not English they should obtain at least level 7 (with no component below 7) on the IELTS or equivalent (eg TOEFL score of 100 internet based or 600 paper based). The IELTS test should have been taken within the last two years.
At least a high 2:1 honours degree with a third year average of 65% or above in Psychology. Please ensure you have included your academic transcript with your application.