UKCP placements

We offer placements exploring the use of different clinical models in health settings.

 

Our growing research culture provides a learning context for aspirational students developing their career focus, and to support this we offer the following:

Psychiatric placements for psychotherapists working with adults (ref UKCP1)

We offer 20-day psychiatric placements to psychotherapy trainees from various educational organisations designed specifically to meet UKCP requirements.

The aims of the placements are to enable trainees to become familiar with treatment options for service users with a range of psychiatric diagnoses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dementia, personality disorders and psychosis. The trainee will familiarise themselves with the systems and culture of a psychiatric environment as well as theory and clinical methods used within the NHS.

Trainees will learn about:

  • Current approaches to the management and treatment of mental disorders including the role of mental health nurses, occupational therapists and arts psychotherapists and psychiatrists
  • Medical and psychodynamic approaches to treatment
  • The basics of the legislative and organisational framework, including the Mental Health Act, the Care Programme Approach and the various agencies involved

Course details

  • Placement length: 20 days
  • Placement cost: £495 (from 1 July 2015)

 Applications are now closed and will reopen October 2017.

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Psychiatric placements for psychotherapists working with older adults and healthy ageing (ref UKCP2)

We offer placements in older people’s service tailored to the needs of the individual; including psychiatric placements for artists, health care workers, arts psychotherapists and psychotherapy trainees from various organisations wanting to gain experience in working with older adults who have mental health needs (including dementia).

The aims of this placement are to enable people to become familiar with service users who have mental and physical health issues associated with ageing. The trainee will learn about using the arts as a method of engagement and get to know the system and culture of psychiatric environments as well as the theory and clinical methods used in this environment to rigorous NHS standards.

The OPHA Arts Psychotherapy Team (drama, art, music), have many years of clinical experience in working with older people who have mental health needs. They work in the community and continuing care and placements can involve observation and interaction in a range of settings with different arts interventions.

On your placement you will learn about:

  • Aetiology and diagnosis
  • Psychiatric and psychodynamic formulation of mental health diagnosis
  • NICE guidance for the treatment of mental health issues
  • Experience of arts therapies context of practice
  • Familiarity with psychiatric assessment and treatment practice
  • Practice guidance in working clinically and in using arts media with people who have dementia
  • Current approaches to the management and treatment of mental disorders
  • Basic evaluation of outcomes of practice
  • Understanding working with safe levels of risk
  • An overview of the roles of psychiatric professionals, psychiatric nurses, care coordinators, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists
  • Record-keeping, data collection and issues of confidentiality

Course details

  • Placement length: 20 days
  • Placement cost: £495 (from 1 July 2015)

 Applications are now closed and will reopen October 2017.

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