The small size of trainee cohorts enables the programme to have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Upon arrival, you will be allocated a ‘buddy’ from one of the other cohorts, who can help to familiarize yourself with North Wales and the programme, and any questions you may have.
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. The Training Co-ordinator can advise you on draft assignments and will be your first port of call for any queries.
Each trainee is funded to receive 16 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 Professional Mentor (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.