If you are interested in the workings of the mind and helping people with mental health problems, then a career in the psychological therapies could be for you.
One in four people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives. Here you can find out more about the range of career opportunities help people to overcome a variety of different mental health problems from depression to bi-polar.
Working in the psychological therapies
Acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional in psychological therapies, involves training and study at degree level and in many cases additional post-graduate study.
Psychological therapies are provided by a range of professionals including Applied Psychologists e.g. Clinical Psychologists, Nursing staff, Medical staff and AHP’s. Applied Psychologists are trained to doctoral level in a range of Psychological therapeutic modalities.
Other professions are usually trained in just one type of therapy for example cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Psychological therapies are provided by a wide range of staff in all types of health care settings by NHS trusts, third sector, independent sector and voluntary services. Psychological therapies are provided in primary care, (IAPT services), secondary care, specialist centres and in acute provision
Many people working in the psychological therapies carry their own caseloads and work as autonomous professionals, for example, they may work directly with a patient to develop some interactive therapies to aid recovery. However, health and social care today is about teamwork, so they will also be part of a team and may even lead one. They may work with allied health professionals, such as art therapists, as well as doctors, teachers and social workers.
Due to the level of responsibility, the academic requirements and training demands are high, but so are the rewards, both in terms of job satisfaction and career prospects.
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