Aim and Philosophy of Course
The course aims to promote the development of the core competencies of the profession (assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation) which can be applied to different settings and client groups and at different levels of the health care system.
Competency in two forms of evidence based therapy is mandatory – one of which is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Through exposure to different psychological models, e.g. psychodynamic, systemic, social constructionist, the course aims to train clinical psychologists who are able to be eclectic and provide the best possible service to users.
The course seeks to provide trainees with a broad range of psychological expertise based on academic knowledge, research and clinical skills. The following are core values that underly the training of Clinical Psychologists at QUB:
- Trainees are expected to treat clients and colleagues with respect and to develop a high level of skill in interpersonal relationships
- The course views training as a partnership. The course aims to consult widely with the various users/stakeholders in relation to the ongoing development of and evaluation of the course.
- The course seeks to involve users and stakeholders in a meaningful way
- The course seeks to equip trainees with an awareness of the impact of membership of various communities. “Community’ is taken to mean the population sub-divided by gender, age, race, ethnicity, creed, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, presence or absence of disability, member of traveller or settled community.
- The course aims to promote an awareness of the cultural and socio-political contexts in which mental health is constructed and how these impact on what we as psychologists do.
- The course aims to encourage trainees to act appropriately as advocates for individuals, families and communities of clients.
- The course seeks to facilitate self-awareness and personal development in trainees and an awareness of how personal and interpersonal factors impinge on therapeutic processes. The aim is also to create a safe, supporting, empowering environment for trainees while maintaining boundaries and professional standards.
- The course seeks to promote a coherent, integrative approach to training and to train clinical psychologists who can be flexible, use the most appropriate intervention and work at individual, group, organisational and community levels.
- The course aims to develop in trainees a critical approach to all aspects of their work and the ability to contribute to the development of psychological knowledge.
- The course seeks to promote the integration of theory, clinical work and research. This is facilitated by the involvement of practising clinical psychologists in all aspects of the course and the close relations that exist at many levels between the University and the profession.
- The course aims to give trainees some experience of professional practice elsewhere. The course programme is organised to accord with the high priority given to allowing trainees to go on placement outside Northern Ireland.
- Trainees are expected, in the course of training, to take on increasing responsibility for their own learning and their professional development.
- The course intends its graduates to be the highest calibre practitioners, capable of operationalising psychological principles in clinical practice and functioning competently in any area or specialism. This process is ensured by a range of quality assurance measures.