Academic Curriculum

We are working steadily to develop our teaching so that it contributes to accreditation requirements for other professional qualifications, such as British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) CBT therapist accreditation, Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) foundation level training and The British Psychological Society’s qualification in clinical neuropsychology. Our DBT teaching (and related clinical experience) has been expanded, so that you can have acquired all the knowledge-based competencies and most of the practice-based competencies you require for accreditation as a DBT therapist by the Society for DBT in the UK and Ireland, that implements the International DBT Accreditation standards.

Each placement is preceded by a block of teaching spanning between two and five weeks. Once you are on placement, weekly teaching days continue for most of the year, which enables ongoing contact with the programme and fellow members of your year group. There are also two teaching days each academic year, when all three cohorts come together, where specialist and current topics are presented and discussed. Titles for recent all cohort teaching days have been “Working with people who misuse substances” and “Clinical psychology – power and disadvantage”

Under normal circumstances, teaching is delivered in our dedicated teaching rooms in Bangor University, close to the staff team offices with a roomy shared kitchen and dining area. We’ve been very pleased that under pandemic restrictions, our teaching continued as planned. When learning remotely, each teaching slot includes an online group video session facilitated by the teacher, which is supported by self-directed learning tasks involving academic papers, podcasts, videos and PowerPoint presentations. Subsequent to our online teaching experiences during the pandemic, we intend to continue to blend in-person with online teaching.

While clinical and academic psychologists within North Wales deliver the majority of the teaching, psychologists from outside the area and other professionals are also invited to contribute where appropriate. Members of our People Panel and other service users and carers are actively involved in a number of teaching sessions throughout the three years. Trainees greatly appreciate and value their perspective and feedback is consistently high. You give feedback on all academic sessions, thus enabling the programme to keep improving the standards of its teaching.

There are four academic assignments to be completed across the three years, including one reflective essay. While the format for the assignments is set, you choose your own clinically relevant topics for these. Welsh speakers can submit their work in Welsh.