Trainee Development and Support
This section provides information about a range of areas relevant to trainees' personal and professional development during their time on the course.
- Downloadable list of all trainees' tutors and MPR visitors (restricted access- UCL login and password required).
Support systems for trainees
While training is usually an exciting and stimulating experience, it can also be challenging and sometimes stressful. It is not at all unusual for trainees to go through periods when they feel overwhelmed or upset. Making a judgment about when to seek support is not always easy; especially because these periods of stress can be fairly transient, and in some ways learning to manage them is part of the learning process. Equally, even mental health professionals can be reluctant to seek help because they somehow feel that they should be able to cope by themselves, even when they know that they are finding this a challenge.
Course Tutors: Every trainee has an assigned Course Tutor whose role is to provide support and aid with personal professional development. The trainee should always contact their tutor in the first instance if they have any support needs.
Support schemes: In addition to the tutor, who should generally be trainees' first point of call when in need of support, there are support systems for trainees. These include a general personal advisor scheme that all trainees are encouraged to use, plus these more specific support schemes:
· Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Support Scheme
· Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) Support Scheme
· Parents and Carers support Scheme
Full information about trainee support can be found in Section 32 of the Handbook: Sources of Personal and Professional Support.
Every trainee at UCL has an annual developmental review with their course tutor. The Review should be seen as the culmination of other tutor meetings throughout the year.
The Developmental Review is an opportunity for trainee and tutor to review the previous 12 months to identify what has gone well and any areas that have been more difficult. The review should aim to identify the opportunities for the forthcoming year and anticipated challenges. The review is also an opportunity to identify any problems for that trainee that might interfere with their clinical training and to see what might be done to relieve these.
Follow this link for guidance on the Developmental Review and a form to be completed by the trainee and tutor prior to each review.
The course aims in all its activities to create conditions that support
personal development, and offer support systems designed to ameliorate
stress. This page provides information about the course's policy in relation to trainee's personal and professional development.
Support for trainees raising concerns about professional practice: Raising concerns about professional practice can be challenging, even where the concerns are serious and substantiated. The programme is committed to supporting trainees who find themselves in this position: Course policy and procedure can be read here.
If you have any queries about support for trainees, please contact your Course Tutor.
Trainees need to ensure that their written communication skills in English are commensurate with Doctoral Level training. While many seem to assume that academic writing is something we should all simply know how to do, we know from experience that writing for academic purposes is a skill that needs to and can be learnt. We advise all trainees new to the course to familiarise themselves with some straightforward guidelines on academic/scientific writing for psychology, and to check early assignments against these. Useful guidelines are available at this weblink and in Rob Kail's (2015) excellent, concise book "Scientific writing for psychology: lessons in clarity and style" (available as an e-book from the UCL library).
Should trainees have concerns about their writing, or concerns are raised by course staff or supervisors, they should take action to improve their skills. This document identifies resources that trainees can access in order to develop their writing skills.
Sometimes trainees will have been asked to develop an action plan that specifies how they will improve their writing skills; the template can be accessed here.
This document sets out difference and diversity learning outcomes trainees are expected to acquire over the course of their training so that they can work effectively with clients from a range of backgrounds, and mechanisms for doing so.
UCL's graduate school offers a wide range of courses designed to help graduate students develop their academic, research and vocational skills. Information about courses is emailed to all students on a regular basis. You can also look at the full course list at: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/. All courses listed are free to all our trainees as post-graduate students.
In view of teaching and placement demands attendance may need to be negotiated- trainees are not permitted to absent themselves from DClinPsy teaching to attend any training courses external to the DClinPsy.
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