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Promoting Excellence In Psychological Health & Wellbeing

Career map for the Psychological Professions

This map is all about career opportunities in the NHS psychological professions. Choose the character that best describes you or the qualification you are working towards. You can see what careers might be open to you. Find out more about any of the careers by clicking on the psychological professions.

Psychological Practitioners
Psychological Therapists
Psychologists
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)
Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)
Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP)
Counsellor
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT Therapist)
Adult Psychotherapist
Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
Health Psychologist
Counselling Psychologist
Forensic Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
Psychology Graduate
Other Graduate
Other Mental Health Professional
Non-Graduate
Psychology Graduate
Other Graduate
Other Mental Health Professional
Non-Graduate

An Overview

The psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) role is pioneering a brand-new way of delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression. PWPs undertake patient-centred assessments of mental health difficulties and then support the patient to engage with a range of different CBT ‘health technologies’ available as written interventions, computerised packages or most recently mobile phone apps. This role allows you to combine competency based psychological practice with the very latest in CBT innovation.

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Do you want to work with children, young people and their parents / carers in educations settings? Education mental health practitioners (EMHPs) are trained to assess and support children and young people with common mental health difficulties, particularly mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety, depression and behavioural difficulties. They offer a range of low intensity interventions and support whole school approaches to wellbeing in education settings, that are based on cognitive behavioural therapy and guided self-help.

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Do you want to work in early intervention settings with children and young people (CYP) and their parents/ carers? Children's wellbeing practitioners are trained to assess and support CYP with common mental health difficulties, particularly mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety, depression and behavioural difficulties. They offer a range of low intensity interventions that are based on cognitive behavioural therapy and guided self-help.

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Counsellors help people to cope with issues such as anxiety, bereavement, relationship difficulties, sexual issues, diversity issues, child abuse and trauma, or personal problem solving. A career in counselling can be varied but deeply satisfying, and would appeal to those passionate about working in a role that requires empathy and compassion. Counsellors offer their clients a safe, confidential place to talk about their feelings and concerns. Some might have negative thoughts and behaviours that they want to change. Counsellors can work with people of all ages to help them reach their life goals or make changes that ultimately improves their mental health and/or build resilience. Counselling isn’t about telling people what to do, or about making judgements, it’s about working things out together in a respectful and helpful way. Counsellors listen and draw on a body of knowledge and skills to help people to understand themselves better and make positive changes in their life.

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A child and adolescent psychotherapist (CAPT) is trained to help children and young people aged 0 to 25 with severe mental health problems. As a CAPT you will work at a senior level in NHS teams in the community and hospitals, and with all types of psychological difficulties. You will use your specialist skills and a focus on underlying difficulties to assess and treat children and families with problems that may be complex to understand. You will also lead and supervise colleagues.

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Do you want to train to be able to offer adults or children, who are experiencing difficulties with anxiety and depression, access to evidence-based interventions? Cognitive behavioural therapists are trained to assess and support children and young people (CYP), or adults with common mental health difficulties. They offer interventions that are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is a talking therapy which aims to help people manage their difficulites by changing the way they think and behave.

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As an adult psychotherapist, you will work with adults to help tackle a wide range of emotional, social or mental health issues. These could include behavioural issues, common challenges, such as anxiety and depression, or more complex or severe issues, such as psychosis or a personality disorder diagnosis. You may work with individuals, couples or groups.

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Family and systemic psychotherapists use specialist training to work across the life span from birth to old age with a wide range of psychological and relationship difficulties in emotional, mental and physical health; they work with individuals, couples, families, groups and larger systems.

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As a health psychologist you will help to make the population healthier. You’ll guide people through the psychological aspects of health and illness, and support people with chronic conditions to cope with the emotional effects. Health psychologists promote healthy lifestyles to people, and encourage people to improve their health through things like losing weight or stopping smoking. They also use their skills to improve the healthcare system, such as by enabling doctors to find the best ways to communicate with their patients.

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Counselling psychologists work with people who have a wide range of mental health challenges. This includes common diagnoses like depression and anxiety, but also the negative impacts of life events, relationship issues, and trauma. As a counselling psychologist you’ll think about how people relate to each other, their experiences of the world, and how this affects their functioning in everyday life. You’ll work to reduce people’s psychological distress, and promote the wellbeing of individuals, groups and families. The collaborative relationship between a counselling psychologist and their client is crucial, and helps to inform the understanding of the issue that they’re working through together. As part of their training, counselling psychologists take part in personal therapy as a client and take aspects of that experience back into their work.

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As a forensic psychologist you will apply your psychological knowledge to criminal investigation. You’ll work to understand why psychological challenges can be associated with criminal behaviour, and offer treatment to people in the justice system to encourage rehabilitation. This can include working with offenders in areas like sexual offending, violence and aggression, and drug or alcohol abuse. Forensic psychologists have made significant contributions to international research, and helped to show how psychological approaches in the criminal justice system can make a difference.

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A clinical psychologist is an expert in psychological approaches and interventions for psychological problems. They work with clients, families, systems, communities, teams and institutions to formulate unique solutions tailor-made to the client and their situation which are evidence-based. They are reflective scientist-practitioners who are client-centred and adapt approaches to specific needs in a holistic way. Clinical psychologists often provide supervision, training and support to other professionals and teams, and undertake research to develop, evaluate and improve psychological interventions and services. They also offer other areas of expertise including, leadership and healthcare service evaluation and redesign.

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