Teaching takes place mostly during one full 'teaching day' per week during the first two years of study, followed by further teaching days during the third year. Most teaching takes place on the main campus. Nearly all teaching happens together with your cohort, so the teaching group sizes are not large (less than 25 trainees). Normally you would be taught together with the same cohort throughout the three years of the programme.
Most of the teaching to do with clinical work is taught by practising clinical psychologists who are experts in their field. Other teaching is done by programme tutors, and the research teaching is taught by university lecturers who work mainly for the programme. Teaching is usually very interactive and includes role-play, videoing and reviewing practice, and other discussion activities and small-group exercises as well as more traditional lecture-format sessions.
With the sole exception of mandatory NHS trust training, all of the teaching on the programme is designed specifically for clinical psychology trainees. The programme does not include any inter-professional teaching sessions. However, as Lancaster University has pre-registration training programmes for both Medics and Social Workers, this is something we may consider in the future.
Unlike some other training programmes, we aim as much as possible to provide teaching that fits with what trainees are doing as regards the other activities on the programme (such as placements and assessed work) at any point in time. First year trainees start by attending a whole month of full-day teaching to introduce them to the programme and prepare them for their first placement. Clinical teaching on working with children, adults with mental health problems, older adults and health psychology issues and people with learning disabilities then follows, in line with the clinical placements in these areas. Research teaching is also ordered to help trainees build skills to work on each of the three research assignments, and trainee-led lunchtime discussion groups are also arranged at times when peer support is helpful. A map of training over the three years can be found here
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that trainees completing the programme will meet the Health Professions Council’s Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Psychologists. To make sure that the teaching is co-ordinated so that it is pitched at the right level as trainees develop their competencies, we also organise the teaching content using thematic ‘strands’, which ranging from more theoretical areas such as critical psychology, knowledge to practice areas such as aspects of physical health, to highly practical themes such as clinical skills development. A full list of the strands and more detailed on the curriculum can be found on the staff and stakeholders' teaching and curriculum page.