Changing role within applied psychology?

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Potato
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Changing role within applied psychology?

Post by Potato » Mon May 14, 2018 9:53 am

Hello,

Would anyone know if it's possible to convert from being a counselling psychologist to a clinical/forensic/occupational psychologist?
Is there any scope for movement after the doctorate without completing a second doctorate/masters :?

Any help greatly appreciated.

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latelifechanger
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Re: Changing role within applied psychology?

Post by latelifechanger » Mon May 14, 2018 11:33 am

I don't know the answer, but am intrigued to find out too, as I'm weighing up how I approach my post MSc conversion route (I'm a later changer, loads of experience in another, not health career but a lot of management experience which would make me most eligible for Occ Psych but more attracted by Clinical/Counselling).

What's your path been? What is it you are looking for exactly out of a change?

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Re: Changing role within applied psychology?

Post by Potato » Mon May 14, 2018 11:50 am

Ah good that its not just me :)

I'm just wondering which doctorate to select because I'm not sure if I'm 100% 'sold' on any particular one

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Re: Changing role within applied psychology?

Post by latelifechanger » Mon May 14, 2018 12:42 pm

So my thing is - I am 41 and have kids, really can't move (in London) and have my family to think about. I think that ten years ago, I'd have thrown myself into the clinical route - but though I do have meet the academic criteria, I'm worried about time to get into the doctorate. So my plan is (after spending next year on consolidation of experience ) to go for Counselling Psych unless sometimes prompts me to rethink.

Occ psy is an interesting one. Some bits of it appeal, some not. It seems to me after asking around quite a bit that HR/CIPD have a very wide scope in the UK which puts some limits on occ psy in some settings, and the 'need' to be fully chartered isn't always clear - there are all sorts of business psych routes, management consultancies that work on leadership etc etc WITHOUT the need to occ psy. Then there's the whole coaching thing....confusing in itself.

I suspect that (perhaps less so for clinical) that there is some crossover between work areas if you want it. You didn't mention Health Psych - that's another option :)

Where are you at with it?

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Re: Changing role within applied psychology?

Post by maven » Tue May 15, 2018 3:41 pm

There is some flexibility in role once you are qualified (eg counselling psychologists doing CP like posts) but I'm not aware of any means to change category as a lateral transfer. I believe that there used to be the ability to "top up" to the competencies and experiences of a different practitioner category in the days before the HCPC, but I'm not aware of that now.
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