Introduction to reflection and support
The Lancaster DClinPsy Programme offers many opportunities to develop a strong individual identity as a practitioner clinical psychologist. There are a number of personal development and reflection activities during training and teaching covers a wide variety of therapeutic models. Here is a quote from a recently qualified trainee:
The active encouragement and value placed on discovering your own values and shaping your identity as a psychologist has been an important part of the course for me. I feel that the Lancaster DClinPsy has supported me to be the person I want to be, rather than me trying to fit into a mould
A clinical tutor and a research tutor pair support each trainee over the three years of training. Between them they visit each practice placement, review the trainee's progress twice per year, support their academic and research activities including reading drafts of written work and offer pastoral support where needed. Student support services, based at the university, also work with trainees where needed.
Many trainees would describe life as a trainee clinical psychologist on the Lancaster DClinPsy as rewarding and exciting with a firm focus on skill development and reflection. They would also say it is very demanding. Trainees with a conscientious attitude and strong personal organisation skills get the most out of their three years on the Lancaster DClinPsy.