Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology (M4)
This course is uniquely positioned in an NHS Mental Health Trust to deliver three year doctoral training in educational psychology with a clinical/therapeutic emphasis. We provide a comprehensive programme towards work as an educational psychologist in a rigorous and reflective capacity.
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This course is for psychology graduates with a minimum of two years of paid employment working with children.
The course consists of the following elements:
- Experiential learning
- Seminars and lectures
- Practical placement experience in CAHMS teams and Educational Psychology Services
- Drawing largely on psychodynamic and systemic psychological frameworks
- Group learning
- Individual and group supervision
All trainees follow the British Psychological Society (BPS) core curriculum which is in addition supplemented by two distinctive “clinical” modules (*). The course modules are as follows:
- Assessment and intervention/child development (CHAI)
- Professional in context *
- Psychological frameworks *
Year one focuses on the individual child/family with a one day a week placement in a CAHMS team working alongside experienced multidisciplinary practitioners, and a placement in an educational psychology service supervised by Tavistock Fieldwork Tutors.
Years two and three
In years two and three trainees are required to secure professional placements in educational psychology services where they will spend 130 days per year. There is also two days a week spent at the Tavistock where the course modules continue.
The focus of year two is on groups, and trainees are required to facilitate either an adult or a children’s group as part of their learning under supervision.
In year three the practice placement continues and trainees spend one day a week at the Tavistock.
The focus of year three is on organisations and trainees are required to do a piece of organisational development work in their placement supervised by Tavistock staff.
Over this two year period, trainees are required to complete a piece of action research of relevance to educational psychology practice in their placement. This is supervised by Tavistock staff and will be submitted as a 40,000 word thesis in May of the third year.
Upon successful competition of this course you will receive a Doctorate, accredited by the University of Essex.
The clinical and therapeutic emphasis of the programme enables graduates to make a successful transition to the role of applied psychologist working in schools, local communities and multi-agency contexts.
Written assignments, clinical assessments and a doctoral dissertation.
Attendance is required five full days a week. You are also required to undertake some additional work outside these hours such as your observations and to make time for private student completely assignments. You will also attend an intensive 3-5 day Group Relations Event as part of the programme.
Three years, full-time.
- Applicants are required to hold Graduate Basis for Certification (GBC)
- A first or upper second class degree, or equivalent
- At least two years’ paid experience of working with children (e.g. teaching, learning mentor, teaching assistant, social worker, speech and language therapy)
Applications are encouraged from those with a strong CPD record in the field.
11 January 2013
The course is delivered by a team of experienced educational psychologists working across a variety of settings. On top of this, trainees will have access to teaching and supervision from other disciplines.
Applications are now open. Please click here to begin your application.