UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology


Working in a range of service contexts

Clinical Psychologists need to understand and apply psychological models across a variety of settings, including:

  • primary care
  • community care
  • secondary health care
  • in-patient or other residential facilities for people with high-dependency needs

The rationale for working across this range is twofold: partly to gain experience of different sorts of service organisation, and also to become familiar with working with the range of presentations typically seen in each setting.

Competence in working across a range of settings reflects an ability to use and adapt transferable skills in engagement, assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and research across these different service settings

There are other skills specific to each setting; these are detailed in other hyperlinks to the log. In general, in settings that are not uni-disciplinary psychology you may need to demonstrate:

An ability to work with other disciplines, (detailed further in the section on work with multidisciplinary teams)
An ability to work indirectly with carers and families (detailed further in the section on indirect working)
An ability to work with clients of different severity and chronicity (detailed further in the section on severity and chronicity)
An ability to work with challenging behaviour (detailed further in the section on challenging behaviour)
An ability to work with clients who have difficulties with communication or an intellectual impairment (detailed further in relevant sections)

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