What if I don't make it? What careers are similar?

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What if I don't make it? What careers are similar?

Postby Spatch » Sat Apr 21, 2007 4:17 pm

As most of us are aware, clinical psychology doctoral training posts are the "bottle neck", where there are many more applicants than there are places. However, with roughly a 75% yearly rejection rate, it does make sense to have a plan B. So for those of you thinking of how to pack your parachute, listed below are some of the possible options of working in a similar way, if the whole clinical route doesn't work out.

Counselling Psychologist

Health Psychologist

Forensic Psychologist

Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (Scotland only)

Occupational Therapist

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Low Intensity Worker
AKA 'Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner'

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies High Intensity Worker

Applied Behavioural Analyst

Associate Psychologist

Primary Care Mental Health Worker

Graduate Mental Health Worker

Support Worker

Academic/ Research Psychologist

Educational Psychologist

Cognitive Behaviour Therapist


Family Therapist


Mental Health Nurse

Social Worker

Therapeutic Foster Carer

Teacher/Special Needs Coordinator

Support time and recovery worker

Research Assistant/Associate

Group worker

Art Therapist

Drama Therapist

Play Therapist

Family Nurse Partnership Nurse

Health Visitor

Children's Centre staff

Family Support Worker

(Please add to, and expand)

To add to this thread, mungle made some helpful sggestions of other training options where a core profession is not always required:

With the EQL ruling (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/p ... 38/638.pdf), the fees for these might be much higher if you have already completed a Msc (e.g. in research methods).
The links below are only there to give examples and there might be courses running closer to where you live.

Arts therapy (music therapy, drama therapy, art therapy) (accredited programmes can be searched through the HPC website)
http://www.hpc-uk.org/education/program ... mit=Search

Sex and Relationship Psychotherapist: http://www.shsc.nhs.uk/our-services/spe ... ransgender

CBT Psychotherapist: http://www.derby.ac.uk/cognitive-behavi ... accredited

Family therapy: http://www.aft.org.uk/docs/Accreditedco ... ay2011.pdf

Group Analysis: http://www.groupanalysis.org/site/cms/c ... hapter=469

Child Psychotherapy http://www.childpsychotherapy.org.uk/content/how-train

Counselling qualifications: http://w3.yorksj.ac.uk/postgraduate/pos ... py-ma.aspx

Psychoanalytic therapy http://www.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/ps ... ticstudies

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