Trainee Development and Support
The small size of trainee cohorts enables the programme to have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
In order to address individual training needs, the programme has a system of allocating a training co-ordinator to each trainee. The training co-ordinator is a member of the programme team who oversees and monitors trainees’ development over the three years of the programme. Each training co-ordinator works with between four and six trainees.
Each trainee is funded to receive 24 personal and professional development sessions from recognised counsellors, therapists or clinical psychologists, who are independent of the programme. These sessions are voluntary and confidential to the trainee and counsellor, and the programme has no knowledge of which trainees take up the sessions.
Trainees can select a personal tutor (a local NHS clinical psychologist) to discuss matters to do with training.
An annual study leave budget is also available for external conferences and workshops.
In addition, each cohort of trainees has two meetings per year with the programme director and programme manager, to discuss any issues arising during their training. The trainees are responsible for setting the agenda for these meetings.