The Lancaster programme is approved by the HCPC and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The BPS requires all programmes to teach CBT and at least one other approach over 3 years. At Lancaster, we offer CBT and three other approaches. Trainees choose their 'plus 1' approach (as we call it) from those on offer: neuropsychology, cognitive analytic therapy and systemic practise. They have training in all 4 approaches, plus others over the three years but begin to focus more on their chosen 'plus 1' as the course progresses.
Extra teaching is offered in each approach and clinical experience/placement preferences are shaped so that appropriate opportunities can be offered wherever possible. Trainees record their experiences in a portfolio and can consolidate their relevant experience after the programme ends. They may choose to submit their portfolio to the appropriate professional body (e.g. the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists) for accreditation of their experience at the appropriate level.