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University of Dublin

Trinity College

Doctoral Programme in

Clinical Psychology

(D. Clin. Psych.)

why choose tcd
Why Choose TCD?
  • Integration of Academic/Clinical/Reflective practice
  • Promotion of active involvement of trainee
    • Development of own interests
  • Acceptance of different models
  • Partnership with HSE and others
course staff
Course Staff

Head of School: Dr. Howard Smith

Course Director: Dr. Kevin Tierney

Lecturers: Dr.Charlotte Wilson

Dr. John O’Connor

Lecturer in Statistics & Methodology: Dr. David Hevey

Director of Clinical Coordination: Sinead Fitzgerald

Clinical Co-ordinator: Mary Fell

John Davenport

Course Administrator: Ann Matthews

Course Secretary: Sheila McCormack

course to date
Course to-date
  • The course or its predecessors (the BPS Diploma course & the M.Sc in clinical psychology) have been in existence on a continuous basis since 1979.
  • The course is responsible for the training of more than 30% of the clinical psychologists in Ireland who hold formal qualifications.
  • Graduates of the course work throughout all of the health boards, the voluntary sector, the prison service, the education sector and university sector.
course objectives
Course Objectives
  • To train clinical psychologists who will possess the following qualities:
    • A broad based approach
    • Ability to work with a wide range of client groups
    • High quality research skills & ability to apply them to clinical practice.
    • Good understanding the context in which clinical psychologists operate
    • Highly developed interpersonal skills
    • Effective communication skills
    • Ability to contribute to psychological knowledge
    • Effective ambassadors for the profession
    • Cultural sensitivity
    • Ethical approach to work
course structure
Course Structure
  • The course comprises three major components:
    • Academic training
    • Research training
    • Clinical placements
  • Students spend approximately 59% of course time on clinical placement
  • Remainder is divided between the taught academic programme and research activity.
the training model
The Training Model
  • Reflective Scientist-Practitioner
    • Practitioner: Interpersonal skills
    • Scientist:
      • Evidence based approaches
      • Applying scientific rigour to clinical work
      • Contributing to body of scientific knowledge
    • Reflective: Personal awareness & learning through structured reflection on practice
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Placement

Academic

Research

Year

1

Placement

1

Adult

Placement

2

Adult

Advanced

Topics

in Adult

psychology

Adult

Clinical

psychology

Small Scale R

Research Methods & Statistics

Year

2

Placement

3

Child

Placement

4

Intellectual Disability

Clinical Psychology & Intellectual Disability

Child &

Adolescent

Clinical

psychology

Personal & Professional Development

Therapeutic Skills and Practice

Psy 821 Thesis

Year

3

Placement 5

Lifespan Elective

Placement 6

Elective

Research

Block

Specialist

Topics in

Clinical

Psychology

research methodology statistics
Research Methodology & Statistics
  • Lectures & seminars present students with the relevant knowledge & conceptual background to design, conduct, analyse and report research findings
  • Qualitative and Quantitative methodologies
  • Computer-based exercises provide students with the necessary skills to enter, analyse and interpret data
  • Small Scale Research Project(Year 1)
    • Service-led research
  • D. Clin Psych Thesis(Year 3)
    • Literature review
    • Research dissertation (of publishable quality)
clinical placements
Clinical Placements
  • Adult/Older Adult Services
  • Primary Care
  • Community Services
  • Psychiatric Hospitals
  • General Hospitals

Child and Adolescent Services

  • Primary Care
  • Community Services
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Specialist
  • Placements
  • Older Adult
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Services for Children with Autism
  • Health Psychology – Child and Adult
  • Forensic Settings
  • Specialist Psychotherapy Settings
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Services
  • Community Services for Children & Adults
  • Residential Services for Children & Adults
role of clinical psychologist
Role of Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychological assessment and formulation of individual, system or service problems
  • Treatment using psychologically based techniques
  • Evaluation of the outcomes of clinical intervention
  • Consultation with other health professional to support them in their client work.
  • Teaching and training of (i) psychologists and (ii) other health professionals
  • Research including service evaluation
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Role of Clinical Psychologist
  • Contributing to policy development and service planning
  • Participation in the design and implementation of health promotion / prevention strategies
  • Management of services both directly and through participation in supervisory boards / committees
  • Supervision of both psychologists and other health professionals
  • Participation in investigation / inquiry processes
  • Provision of expert opinion for the courts and other quasi-judicial processes
range of care groups
Range of care groups
  • Infants, children and their families with developmental, emotional, intellectual & physical disabilities and problems
  • Adolescents with a wide range of difficulties from adjustment problems to serious mental health difficulties
  • Adults with mental health problems ranging from less complex presentations through to severe and enduring mental health difficulties
  • Families and couples with significant relationship difficulties
  • Adults with intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities
  • Older adults and their carers
  • Victims of sexual and other abuse- both child and adult
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Emergency response to people exposed to traumatic events
minimum requirements
Minimum Requirements
  • 2.1 PSI accredited psychology degree
  • 6 months relevant post-graduate clinical experience (supervised)
  • Eligibility for employment in EU
  • English Language competency
  • Garda clearance
  • Satisfactory references
application evaluation
Application evaluation

1) Academic Qualifications

  • Degree grade/classification
  • Taught PG courses

2) Research Qualifications

  • Undergraduate research
  • Research assistant (either whole-time or part-time)
  • Presentations and publications
  • Research degree

3) Clinical Experience

  • Postgraduate experience with relevant client groups in care-giving context
  • Supervised experience (supervised by a psychologist)
  • Psychology assistant (supervised by a clinical psychologist)

4) References

  • Academic
  • Clinical
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Application Evaluation
  • To qualify for next round
    • Minimum in each of 4 areas
    • Minimum overall score
stage ii
Stage II

Selection centre

  • Academic tasks
    • Essay
    • Research task
    • Others
  • Group discussion
  • Minimum standard in each task
  • Minimum overall score
stage iii
Stage III
  • Interview (course team & employers)
  • Clinical knowledge
  • Clinical Suitability
  • Interpersonal qualities
  • Readiness for training
what next
What next….
  • Offer
  • Shortlist
  • Feedback
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Why Choose TCD?
  • Integration of Academic/Clinical/Reflective practice
  • Promotion of active involvement of trainee
    • Development of own interests
  • Acceptance of different models
  • Partnership with HSE and others