The UEA teaching programme is designed in line with the HCPC Standards of Proficiency and the BPS Standards for Accreditation. We are currently in the process of reviewing the curriculum to maximise the opportunities for learning and integration of therapy and practice.
The current curriculum has four units:
- Unit 1: Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology: Theoretical approaches in clinical psychology; core competencies; professional issues.
- Unit 2: Problems, Populations and Disorders: Children and young people; adult mental health; older adults; intellectual disabilities; forensic psychology; neuropsychology; clinical health psychology and disadvantaged groups.
- Unit 3: Therapeutic Approaches: Cognitive behaviour therapy; cognitive analytical therapy; systemic practice; other therapeutic models.
- Unit 4: Research: Issues related to applied clinical research including research methods; ethics in research; data analysis and interpretation
These modules provide an integrated approach to psychological problems across the life-span and to working with groups having special needs. Teaching is organised in order to prepare trainees for clinical placements and research assignments. A wide range of assessment, formulation and therapeutic approaches are taught with substantive teaching focussing on the development of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Systemic and Neuropsychological competencies, with CBT being led by BABCP accredited therapists. Introductions to Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches are provided.
Whilst developing core therapy skills is an important aspect of training, the role of the psychologist involves more than this. To reflect core psychological skills, and to encompass the broad role of the clinical psychologist within the evolving the NHS, the Programme includes teaching on leadership, consultation, supervision and service development skills.
The teaching programme includes a mixture of didactic lectures and practice-based workshops that draw heavily on trainees' clinical and research experience. It also makes extensive use of teaching in small groups that meet together on a regular basis for clinical case conceptualisation and formulation skills, organisational, contextual and ethical issues. Teaching is carried out by Programme staff and local experts, primarily clinical psychologists working in the NHS.