Applying to the Clinical Psychology Doctorate – Answering assumptions
**Prepared for the Aspiring Psychologists’ webinar** Video 2
Applying to the Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) – Answering your questions and assumptions!
Hello!! I’m a (very very nearly) second year trainee clinical psychologist and today I am responding to assumptions about applying to the Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy).
After completing my degree in psychology I knew that I wanted to pursue Clinical Psychology, but I had noooo idea what was needed. Now having gone through the dclinpsy application and started training – I finally feel like I have a clearer idea of what it’s all about, so hopefully this video will help to dispel some common myths and assumptions!
I address questions around NHS experience, being a mature applicant, needing publications and discrimination within the application process (among others). Here are the timestamps so you can orient yourself to the section you’re after if you ceebs to listen to the whole thing:
0:00 Introduction – truth or “baloney”
0:30 You need a masters to get on
1:57 You need NHS experience
3:49 The process discriminates against minority groups
7:21 You need 3+ years experience to get on
9:35 It’s a young person’s game (mature applicants)
11:49 You need publications to get on
13:04 You need lots of research/RA experience
14:39 Closing comments and outtakes (lol)
In this video I touched on the subject of discrimination in applying to the doctorate. This subject is incredibly important and VAST, and merits much more time than what I was able to give. For those of you wanting to read more about the subject, here are some resources that I found really useful:
The Clinical Psychology Workforce Report (2015)
Experiences of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Clinical Psychology Doctorate Applicants within the UK (Ragaven, 2018)
Clinical Psychology and Diversity (Turpin & Coleman, 2010)
Clearing House Data (thanks to Jason White, for sharing)
I also referenced the groups that are out there for people who identify as being from a minority group. Here are some links (though this is not at all exhaustive):
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