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What is the role of a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological well-being.

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They work with children and adults with mental or physical health problems which might include:

Clinical psychologists are also trained to teach and supervise other professionals regarding psychological issues. In addition, a clinical psychologist is trained to conduct research into psychological issues.

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Regulation and Code of Ethics

Clinical Psychologists are registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the HCPC sets out standards which Clinical Psychologists must adhere to, to practice.

The British Psychological Society sets out the ‘Code of Ethics and Conduct’. The Code’s purpose is to set and uphold the highest standards of professionalism and to promote ethical behaviour, attitudes and judgements on the part of psychologists. Some psychologists practice under the Chartered Psychologist status. Chartered Psychologists Status is the benchmark of professional recognition for psychologists and reflects the highest standards of psychological knowledge and expertise.

Dr Jo White, Chartered Clinical Psychologist works at the Beacon Clinic, offering psychological assessments and evidenced-based psychological therapy to adults and young people.

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Clinical Psychologist

Dr Jo White

What is a clinical psychologist?

Training to become a clinical psychologist involves a minimum of six years, full-time study at university. A three year undergraduate degree in Psychology is the first step. Following this, several years of relevant work experience are required as an assistant psychologist or a researcher, prior to the undertaking of the three year, postgraduate doctorate in clinical psychology.

The doctorate in clinical psychology involves a combination of clinical placements in the NHS, academic study, and a research thesis. Clinical placements make up the majority of the doctoral training, where trainee clinical psychologists work with adults and children in the NHS services, under the close supervision of an experience, qualified clinical psychologist.

Following completion of the doctorate, clinical psychologists are required to continually update their knowledge and skills through continuing professional development.

The training that clinical psychologists undergo means that the interventions they offer are based on the most relevant research and literature, to ensure that their services are evidenced-based.

The British Psychological Society provides further detail about the role of a clinical psychologist and how their role compares to other professions in this guide www.clinicalpsychology.org.uk

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