As you’ll know if you’ve done any research into clinical psychology as a career, or read anything I’ve written about getting into clinical psychology, it’s important to Think Ahead, to gain the Clinical psychology work experience Sept 2015 before applying for the Clinical Doctorate course.
And now there’s another way to Think Ahead if you’re keen to work in the area of mental health, whether that be towards Clinical Psychology or more generally in mental health.
NB PPLS students – you don’t have to be a psychology student to apply for Think Ahead – it’s open to grads of any discipline (except social work).
Think Ahead is the new route into mental health social work for graduates keen to make a real difference to people with mental health problems. The scheme (a bit like Teach First, but for mental health social work, instead of teaching), offers:
- Paid fast-track scheme
- Master’s degree & leadership training
Not only will Think Ahead lead to a career in mental health in its own right, it will also give you excellent experience to draw on if you then wanted to go on to the clinical doctorate. You’d gain:
- experience with the client group
- research skills
- experience of working with other professionals, including psychologists
…and much more.
Check out the programme, and see whether it’s something you could see yourself doing, as a career in its own right, or a (big) step on the way to Clinical Psychology, and a variety of other careers.
NB you don’t have to be a psychology student to apply for Think Ahead – it’s open to grads of any discipline (except social work).