Is an applied clinical psychology degree worth it?

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Emski
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Is an applied clinical psychology degree worth it?

Post by Emski » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:53 pm

I'm looking at which degree to take and I'm torn between Exeter which offers a dual accredited degree which is in applied clinical psychology and by the end of 3 years provides the basic training requirements towards employment as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. With additional relevant clinical experience, this programme could lead to accreditation as a PWP with the British Psychological Society or British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies soon after graduation. Alternatively I am looking at doing a conventional psychology degree which obviously doesn't have the clinical training but it doesn't make me specialise as early.
I'm not sure which is more beneficial because I have an interest in clinical psychology but it feels as though it's very focussed on the one career instead of being broad like the typical degree.
Any ideas?

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Re: Is an applied clinical psychology degree worth it?

Post by bluegoat » Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:14 am

I don't know anything about this course, however, having looked at the website, my understanding is that you wouldn't automatically qualify as a PWP. It is recognised by the BABCP though, so I'm not really sure.
The Clinical Placement provides you with the opportunity to work with a caseload of patients delivering Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions in a clinical setting, to build up clinical hours towards becoming a qualified PWP after the training by completing more clinical hours under supervision.
Regardless, being an accredited PWP doesn't really add anything. As a matter of fact, I have yet to meet a PWP who decided to become accredited, as it is not a requirement.

Overall, it sounds like a great course, as you will be able to work as PWP without having to spend another year of training whilst being paid at band 4.

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Re: Is an applied clinical psychology degree worth it?

Post by Emski » Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:03 pm

Ok, thank you.
I guess I will just keeping looking and keep the Exeter course in mind, I've got until Christmas to decide anyway :)

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Re: Is an applied clinical psychology degree worth it?

Post by miriam » Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:24 pm

For the record, I think it is a bit weird to call an undergraduate psychology degree with some PWP stuff in it an "applied clinical psychology degree".
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