Applied Clinical Psychology Online Courses

Psychology is the science of mind, brain and behaviour. Clinical Psychology is the application of psychological knowledge within healthcare settings in order to reduce psychological distress and enhance psychological wellbeing. Mental health is perhaps the best recognised area of healthcare where Clinical Psychology has a major role in the provision of clinical services.

This can be through direct provision of psychological care (assessment, formulation, therapy, evaluation), but psychology can also make indirect contributions through the application of psychological concepts and methods within multidisciplinary services. There are many mental health specialisms across the age range, primary, secondary and tertiary services, and in both community and inpatient settings, and psychology has made significant contributions within each of these specialisms.

In addition to mental health, psychological knowledge and skills can contribute to the care of people across other healthcare settings, such as physical health, neurodevelopmental conditions, neuropsychology, addictions & forensic services). Psychological knowledge, methods and skills can contribute to the development and evaluation of evidence based treatments and models of healthcare provision.

To qualify as a Clinical Psychologist within the UK, you need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with an accredited Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Further information about careers in Clinical Psychology are available via the British Psychological Society (BPS) website.

Our Applied Clinical Psychology online course is aimed at healthcare professionals who want to gain new knowledge and skills in the application of psychology within clinical settings. This course will give healthcare professionals a better understanding of how psychological knowledge, principles and methods can be applied within clinical practice.

This course is also suited for psychology graduates wanting to undertake a distance learning masters. This may be of particular interest to aspiring Clinical Psychologists, including those who are seeking positions as Assistant Psychologists, Research Assistants and those who wish to undertake a relevant postgraduate course, prior to applying for a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Is an Applied Clinical Psychology online course for me?

Psychology graduates are eligible to apply for this masters course. Healthcare professionals with a relevant degree qualification would be able to apply but will be subject to individual assessment to ensure they have the requisite experience. All applicants should work in a setting where they can apply their learning to practice.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but with relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite applied clinical/professional knowledge).

Meet the Programme Leader

Dr. Graeme Reid

Dr Graeme S. Reid

Dr Reid is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in adult community mental health services in North West England. After completing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Liverpool University in 2020, he has had over 20 years’ experience of working in mental health services within the NHS. This has included working within Primary Care, Early Intervention for Psychosis, Adult Community Mental Health, Assessment and Home Treatment, Acute Inpatient and Psychiatric Intensive Care settings. He currently leads a psychology team working with people who experience severe and complex mental health difficulties within a Community Mental Health setting, and is clinical lead for psychological therapies for psychosis and bipolar presentations within a specialist NHS mental health trust. In addition to his NHS work, Dr Reid works in independent practice providing training, supervision and therapy.

Dr Reid is currently Joint Chair of the Community Mental Health network within the DCP Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty of the British Psychological Society.

Whilst primarily working as a senior NHS clinician, Dr Reid has retained his academic interests He has held honorary academic appointments at the Universities of Manchester and Lancaster, and regularly supervises doctoral research projects, has co-authored a number of academic publications including original research, theory and systematic reviews. Dr Reid has interests in psychological approaches to understanding and helping people experiencing psychosis and extreme mood states, trauma and psychosis, cognitive behavioural therapies, mental imagery, and family interventions. Dr Reid provides specialist teaching to Clinical Psychology Doctoral programmes in NW England, has spoken at national conferences and has delivered training workshops in the UK and overseas.

Subject Courses

Applied Clinical Psychology MSc*

Year 1, comprising of 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration, is designed to be practical and clinically focused. Year 2 begins with an initial 12-week module to develop your skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies followed by a professional project module that consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

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