The Lancaster DClinPsy values and promotes inclusivity because it enhances the effectiveness of training, improves the atmosphere of the workplace, and is an important element of increasing access to psychological therapies. We also welcome diversity among trainees and staff for its own sake. We believe that sharing our varied life experiences and perspectives on society can only enrich our understanding of clinical psychology.
We acknowledge that by embracing diversity tension can be created. We don't seek consensus or even widespread agreement. We hope to be respectful and curious about the cultural influences on others (culture in its widest sense) and remember that we represent diversity to others. This tension can be a positive influence in generating creative and innovative solutions - enriching our understanding of the social and psychological world.
Lancaster DClinPsy graduates are sensitive, skilled and respectful therapists, consultants and leaders working in and influencing the NHS and beyond. We hope that, over time, more people will feel able to ask for access to psychological therapies in the North West knowing that their lifestyle, culture and background will generate interest rather than judgement.
To support our values in the area of inclusivity we have updated our website, worked closely with our teachers to bring inclusivity in teaching to the top of all our agendas, changed our placement documentation to support reflections on inclusivity, held three conferences for trainees and others to showcase the work of our current trainees in the area of inclusivity (a special issue of Clinical Psychology Forum in February 2012 was devoted to the content of the first of these conferences) and implemented a programme of outreach activities, designed to widen participation in the profession. We have invited a consultant to facilitate a staff training day on inclusivity and our entire teaching curriculum has been recently reviewed and improvements made. One of our first innovations was a complete revision of our selection methods, in 2005. The new process was designed to ensure that no one with the ability to complete the Lancaster DClinPsy successfully would be excluded. We had concerns, for example, that those who could afford to take postgraduate qualifications would have an advantage over those who could not afford to do so, if we rated academic postgraduate qualifications as part of the shortlisting process. We now invite anyone who meets our minimum entry requirements to take our written task. We interview all those declaring a disability who score above 60%. Plus approximately 70 people who obtain the highest scores. Extra facilities and/or time are given for the written task if a candidate is disabled by society.