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1 The British Psychological Society Promoting excellence in psychology Standards for the accreditation of educational psychology training in England, Northern Ireland & Wales October 2014

2 Contact us If you have any questions about Accreditation through Partnership, or the process that applies to you please feel free to contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team: Tel: +44 (0) Our address is: Partnership and Accreditation Team The British Psychological Society St Andrews House 48 Princess Road East Leicester LE1 7DR If you have problems reading this handbook and would like it in a different format, please contact us with your specific requirements. Tel: +44 (0) ; Printed and published by the British Psychological Society. The British Psychological Society 2014 Incorporated by Royal Charter Registered Charity No

3 Contents 5 Introduction 5 Benefits of Society membership 9 What is accreditation? 10 Benefits of accreditation 11 Our standards: An introduction 13 Our standards for Doctoral programmes in educational psychology in England, Northern Ireland and Wales 15 Programme standard 1: Learning, research and practice 15 A. Required competencies for Doctoral programmes in educational psychology 20 B. Teaching and learning 21 C. Supervised practice 22 D. Assessment 24 Programme standard 2: Working ethically 25 Programme standard 3: Selection and entry 27 Programme standard 4: Society membership 28 Programme standard 5: Personal and professional development 30 Programme standard 6: Staffing 32 Programme standard 7: Leadership and co-ordination 33 Programme standard 8: Physical resources 34 Programme standard 9: Quality management 37 Additional information 38 Information for trainees 38 Establishing eligibility for the GBC 38 Studying abroad as part of an accredited programme 38 Accreditation of programmes offered outside of the UK 39 Governance 39 Complaints about accredited programmes accreditation through partnership 3

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5 Introduction The British Psychological Society ( the Society ) is the learned and professional body, incorporated by Royal Charter, for psychologists in the United Kingdom. The Society has a total membership of approximately 48,000 and is a registered charity. Under its Royal Charter, the key objective of the Society is to promote the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of psychology pure and applied and especially to promote the efficiency and usefulness of members by setting up a high standard of professional education and knowledge. The Society has been involved in the accreditation of programmes of education and training in psychology since the early 1970 s. The Society currently accredits programmes at both undergraduate (and equivalent) and postgraduate levels. Undergraduate, conversion, and integrated Masters programmes are accredited against the requirements for the Society s Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC), the curriculum requirements for which are derived from the Quality Assurance Agency s subject benchmark statement for psychology (which is due to be reviewed in 2015). Postgraduate programmes are accredited against the knowledge, practice and research requirements for Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) status in a range of domains of practice. A number of the postgraduate programmes that are accredited by the Society are also approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulator of practitioner psychologists in the UK. Benefits of Society membership Our standards include an expectation that education providers offering accredited programmes provide their students and trainees with information on Society membership and its benefits. In view of our partnership approach, we are working to provide a toolkit for education providers and as part of this we encourage you to reproduce the following pages within your Student Handbooks or share them on your virtual learning environment. accreditation through partnership 5

6 The British Psychological Society Promoting excellence in psychology Your professional body The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the United Kingdom. We promote excellence and ethical practice in the science, education and practical applications of psychology. As a postgraduate student on an accredited programme, Graduate membership of The British Psychological Society will broaden your appreciation and understanding of psychology, and open up a network of like-minded students, academics and professionals, not to mention future opportunities. Membership of the Society also reflects your aspiration to represent the highest possible professional standards. Completing an accredited programme gives you a route for progressing to Chartered Psychologist status, the gold standard within the discipline. Only Chartered members of the Society can use the designation CPsychol after their name and the Chartered Psychologist logo. Download the flyer from our website 6

7 Our membership has a powerful voice in raising the profile of psychology, developing standards and advancing the discipline. We champion the work of our members and the contribution psychology can make to society. We support our members by providing guidance, career development and networking opportunities. Our members matter to us and Graduate members have access to opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and experience, which can offer a competitive advantage in the jobs market. Benefits include: MBPsS, your designation as a Graduate Member in recognition of your academic achievement and professional status our monthly flagship publication, The Psychologist, keeping you up-to-date with the very latest research, news and views our Member Networks: providing a rich web of personal and professional contacts that enable you to stay informed with, and contribute to, your areas of interest and expertise preferential rates on professional development opportunities, conferences and events, designed to inspire and guide you throughout your studies and career opportunities to influence the profession by contributing to Society Committees, working groups and consultations PsychSource, a single access point to our 11 journals and 32 other titles published by Wiley. This facility also includes full-text journal articles, journal abstracts, BPS Blackwell books and multimedia content. PsychSource is fully searchable and personalisable according to Member interests A wide range of guidelines, guidance documents and support in professional practice and ethical decision-making Opportunities to join specialist registers and promote your expertise. To hear what benefits of belonging to the Society our members enjoy most, watch our videos on More information is available at and our membership team is available at or +44 (0) accreditation through partnership 7

8 PsyPAG is a national organisation for all psychology postgraduates based at UK institutions. It is run on a voluntary basis by postgraduates for postgraduates. Committee PsyPAG is run by an elected committee, open to any postgraduate student. Elections are held at the PsyPAG Annual Conference. Membership PsyPAG has no official membership scheme; anyone registered as a psychology postgraduate student at a UK institution is automatically a member. This also includes Practitioners-in-Training (e.g. trainee clinical/educational/ occupational/sport psychologists). Conferences and Workshops PsyPAG runs an annual conference and supports several workshops throughout the year. Publication PsyPAG Quarterly is published four times a year and is delivered free of charge to all postgraduate psychology departments in the UK. It is also available electronically on our website. To contribute to the publication, contact the editorial team at Bursaries Bursaries are available to support attendance at workshops, events, international and domestic conferences, and the PsyPAG Annual conference. Awards PsyPAG runs several award schemes, including an MSc Researcher Award, Rising Research Award and an Outstanding Supervisor Award. Mailing list PsyPAG maintains a JISCmail list open to all psychology postgraduate students. This is a fantastic resource for support and advice regarding your research, statistical advice or postgraduate issues. You can sign up for free via our facebook.com/psypag Download the flyer from our website 8

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10 What is accreditation? Accreditation through Partnership is the process by which the British Psychological Society works with education providers to ensure that quality standards in psychology education and training are met by all programmes on an ongoing basis. Our approach to accreditation is based on partnership rather than policing, and we emphasise working collaboratively with programme providers through open, constructive dialogue that allows space for exploration, development and quality enhancement. This document sets out our accreditation standards for masters and doctoral programmes in health psychology. If you are submitting a new programme for accreditation, or are preparing for an accreditation visit or review, you should read these standards in conjunction with the relevant process handbook. All handbooks can be downloaded from Benefits of accreditation Delivering a programme that meets the high quality standards required for accreditation is a significant commitment, and there are lots of reasons why Society accreditation is worth your investment of time and money: It is a highly regarded marker of quality that prospective students and employers understand and value. It enhances the marketability of your programmes in a competitive market place. It gives your graduates a route to Society membership. Belonging to the Society is an integral part of students development as psychologists, as it recognises their qualifications and reflects their aspiration to achieve the highest possible professional standards. It is a high quality benchmarking process that is defined by psychologists, and delivered and developed in partnership with psychologists. It is aimed at getting the best out of programmes, through promoting psychology as a science, facilitating quality enhancement and providing solution-focused support. It provides a direct opportunity for you and your students to influence the Society, its support for education providers and students, and its policies for the future. Together we have a powerful voice in raising the profile of psychology in the UK and internationally, developing standards and advancing the discipline. 10

11 Our standards: An introduction accreditation through partnership 11

12 Our standards: An introduction The Society publishes standards for the accreditation of undergraduate, conversion and integrated Masters programmes in psychology, and for postgraduate programmes of professional training. Our standards for undergraduate, conversion and integrated Masters programmes represent the requirements for Graduate membership of the Society and the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). Our postgraduate standards span eight domains of practice, seven of which relate to pre-qualification training leading to Chartered membership of the Society, and full membership of one or more of the Society s Divisions (the Division of Clinical Psychology, the Division of Counselling Psychology, the Division of Educational and Child Psychology or the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology, the Division of Forensic Psychology, the Division of Health Psychology, the Division of Occupational Psychology and the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology). These correspond to the seven protected titles regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. We also accredit specialist post-qualification training programmes in Clinical Neuropsychology. In addition, we also publish standards for the accreditation of Psychological Well-being Practitioner training programmes. These programmes are typically offered at level 6 and/or level 7. In 2012, the Society s Partnership and Accreditation Committee (PAC) commenced a process of review in collaboration with its postgraduate Training Committees, Divisions, providers of accredited programmes and other relevant stakeholders. The purpose of the review was twofold: 1. To inform and influence a review of the Standards of Proficiency for practitioner psychologists being undertaken by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which is due to be completed in 2014/15. The Standards of Proficiency represent the minimum threshold for safe and effective practice, and individuals need to have achieved the standards of proficiency in order to register to practice. 2. To ensure that the Society s own standards reflect contemporary theory and practice, enabling accredited programmes and the Society s own qualifications to develop psychologists who will be fit for purpose for the future. As such, these reflect the optimal professional standards at both a theoretical/ academic level (Stage 1) and an applied / practice level (Stage 2), promoted by the Society through the award of Chartered psychologist status. In reviewing our standards for accreditation, the Partnership and Accreditation Committee was keen to create flexibility for programmes to develop distinctive identities, by making the most of particular strengths around research and practice shared by their staff team, or those that are reflected in the strategic priorities of their department or university. The standards for educational psychology training will remain under review during the 2014/15 academic year, and we expect revised standards to be published in September

13 Our standards for Doctoral programmes in educational psychology accreditation through partnership 13

14 Our standards for Doctoral programmes in educational psychology Our standards are organised around nine overarching areas, and have been derived following extensive consultation between the Society and education providers; these comprise our programme standards, and must be achieved by all accredited programmes. Each overarching standard is followed by a rationale for its inclusion, together with an outline of the factors that education providers might wish to consider in confirming their achievement of each standard. The information provided is not intended to prescribe a particular approach to meeting our standards; rather it is intended to reflect the likely areas of interest for visiting teams or reviewers when exploring achievement of the standards with education providers, students / trainees, employers, and other stakeholders. During partnership visits, the questions that visiting teams will ask will be designed specifically to give education providers every opportunity to confirm their achievement of the standards. Some of our nine overarching standards are complemented by a series of further standards that are of specific relevance to Doctoral programmes in educational psychology. These represent the benchmark level of quality that the Society expects all accredited programmes of this kind to attain. However, we recognise that different programmes will aim to meet these standards in different ways and our overall approach is to encourage flexibility in the methods used in meeting the standards. Overall, our standards are designed to support education providers offering programmes of training leading to eligibility for Chartered membership of the Society (CPsychol) and full membership of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology. Such programmes will seek to prepare trainees for professional practice as an educational psychologist. Practitioner psychologists are statutorily regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and it is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practise using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 (e.g. educational psychologist) is on the HCPC s Register. As such, programmes will need to seek approval from the Health and Care Professions Council. The information contained within this document is also intended to inform that process. Our standards framework is organised as follows: Psychology 1. Learning, research and practice 2. Working ethically Quality management 9. Periodic review Access to education & training 3. Selection and entry 4. Society membership Resourcing psychology 6. Staffing 7. Leadership and co-ordination 8. Physical resources Developing psychologists 5. Personal and professional development 14

15 Programme standard 1: Learning, research and practice The programme must reflect contemporary learning, research and practice in psychology The programme must be able to document its intended learning outcomes, the ways in which these reflect the relevant domain-specific requirements, the learning and teaching strategies that will be used to support students achievement of the learning outcomes, and the assessment strategies that will enable students to demonstrate those achievements. Students successful fulfilment of the programme s requirements must be marked by the conferment of a named HE award at the appropriate level. Education providers will normally demonstrate their achievement of this standard through production of a programme specification. Whilst programme specifications are a standard feature of quality monitoring for education providers, inclusion of this standard here offers an opportunity for the Society to identify innovative and creative practice in relation to teaching, learning and assessment. A Required competencies for Doctoral programmes in educational psychology The HCPC s Standard of Education and Training (SET) 1 specifies the threshold level of qualification for entry to their Register as: Professional doctorate for educational psychologists, or equivalent. Doctoral programmes that are able to demonstrate that their graduates achieve the relevant Standards of Proficiency can demonstrate their fulfilment of SET1. 1. REQUIRED LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR ACCREDITED DOCTORATES IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 1.1 Programmes must enable trainee educational psychologists to apply their psychological understanding and knowledge in partnership with a diverse population of children, young people, their families/carers and services specified below in a range of contexts and settings, to promote their psychological well-being. Their work will be based upon a fundamental acknowledgement of the importance of promoting equal opportunities practice. Thus, on successful completion of an accredited programme of study in educational psychology, trainee educational psychologists will have knowledge and understanding of a range of psychological theory evidence, method, research and practice and the ability to apply psychological methods, insights and interventions in work with a diversity of clients, problems and contexts. accreditation through partnership 15

16 Thus by the end of their programme, trainees will: 1. apply appropriate psychological assessment, intervention and evaluation: identifying needs and promoting change with individuals and groups through the application of psychological knowledge of child and adolescent development and specialist knowledge including those related to special educational needs and disability; 2. develop partnerships and effective collaboration with the interacting systems of families, schools, communities and other agencies, to bring about positive change; 3. understand the influence of community and institutional ethos and culture, educational curricula, communication systems, management and leadership styles, on psychological well-being and learning; 4. develop and apply effective interventions to promote psychological wellbeing, to raise educational standards and social, emotional and behavioural development generally, and specifically for gender, minority and low socioeconomic status groups, tackling the underachievement of vulnerable groups, promoting inclusion and reducing social exclusion, supporting policy development and managing organisational change; 5. develop and apply appropriate psychological assessments and interventions based on an appraisal of the influence of the ecology of the learning environment on the experiences of thinking, learning and behaving in a range of educational and other settings for both individuals and groups; 6. conduct research and evaluation to identify practice that maximises impact and enables the profession to develop its knowledge base; 7. manage a personal learning agenda and self-care, and engage in monitoring of professional effectiveness and impact; and 8. be critically reflective, self-aware, and able to transfer knowledge and skills to new settings and situations. 1.2 In order to achieve these goals, programmes will have the learning outcomes identified below. 1. Knowledge and understanding encompassing the historical and current legislative context of the profession; ethical practice, knowledge and understanding of structures and systems within wide range of settings, including: educational settings and services, early years provision, social care, health and other public service settings. 2. A professional and ethical value base including reference to the British Psychological Society s Code of Ethics and Conduct and the Division of Educational and Child Psychology s Professional Practice Guidelines and other relevant codes of practice. 3. Knowledge, awareness, skills and values that enable effective work with diverse client populations through a clear understanding of the demographic characteristics of communities including the influence of: culture, gender, ethnicity, poverty, and other factors influencing social exclusion. 4. Skills, knowledge and awareness of effective communication strategies and the ability to promote constructive interpersonal relationships with all role partners. 16

17 1.3 In meeting the requirements of a professional training in educational psychology, programmes should be sufficiently flexible in content and structure to adapt readily to current and future needs and to the emergence of new knowledge in educational psychology and related fields. They should also play a major part in the identification of such needs and the development of innovative practices. The following are minimum standards, and are derived from the Occupational Standards for psychology. The following statements are intended as broad, high-level summaries of the required objectives that provide guidance for demonstrating professional competence Core professional skills 1. Decide, using a broad evidence and knowledge base, how to assess, formulate, and intervene psychologically, from a range of possible models and modes of intervention. 2. Generalise and synthesise prior knowledge and experience in order to apply them in different settings and novel situations. 3. Demonstrate self-awareness and work as a reflective psychological practitioner. 4. Think critically, reflectively and evaluatively. 5. Exercise duty of care with regard to safeguarding children. 6. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key role partners including: children, young people, their carers, teachers and other professionals. Work collaboratively, when appropriate, with the above role partners to promote effective outcomes for clients. 7. Engage children, young people and their carers as active participants in assessment and decision-making processes, and in the evaluation of interventions and service delivery. 8. Identify, critically appraise and apply research evidence relevant to practice. 9. Demonstrate effective professional management and organisational skills. 10. Effectively communicate psychological knowledge and insights. 11. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills across a range of settings and activities. 12. Demonstrate effective reporting and recording skills across a range of settings and activities. accreditation through partnership 17

18 1.3.2 Practice of applied educational psychologists 5 1. Demonstrate practice that evolves from robust psychological models, theories and frameworks with due ethical consideration. 2. Formulate interventions that focus on applying knowledge, skills and expertise to support identified local and national initiatives. 3. Bring about change for individuals, children, young people and their families by working at different levels (e.g. individuals, families, groups, communities, organisations, local authorities and national priorities). 4. Select, use and interpret a broad range of assessment instruments with due consideration to their relevance to the client, their needs and likely interventions. 5. Apply, review and evaluate a range of professionally appropriate counselling and therapeutic skills in work with children, their families and other professionals. 6. Develop and apply practice based on evidence-based approaches, incorporating evaluation, monitoring and review of outcomes. 7. Adopt a proactive and preventative approach in order to promote the psychological well-being of clients. 8. Apply and adapt personal professional practice skills within differing service contexts, and to service standards. 9. Understand and apply consultancy models of service delivery. 10. Contribute a distinct psychological perspective within multi-disciplinary teams Personal and professional standards and values 1. Demonstrate professional and ethical practice which adheres to the British Psychological Society s Code of Ethics and Conduct. 2. Apply knowledge of, and demonstrate the ability to operate effectively within, the legal, national and local frameworks for educational psychology practice. 3. Apply educational psychology across a variety of different contexts that draws creatively and flexibly from a range of theoretical models, frameworks and psychological paradigms. 4. Take account of the impact and implications of differences and diversity on life opportunities. 5 The Society s core requirements for all accredited Doctoral programmes are that graduates: understand organisational and systemic issues of relevance to the practice of applied psychologists, including: understanding the organisational context for their practice; understanding the structures and functions of service providers applicable to the work of their profession; and understanding current legislation applicable to their work. recognise the role of other professionals and stakeholders of relevance to their work, including the role of service users, carers, and / or community groups; are able to adapt their practice to different organisational contexts for service delivery, as appropriate; are able to bring psychological influence to bear; for example, through consultancy, training, and working effectively in multidisciplinary and / or cross-professional teams. 18

19 5. Engage in a dynamic, responsive and evolving process to maintain and develop professional practice through the process of appropriate professional reflection and CPD. 6. Work effectively at an appropriate level of autonomy, with awareness of the limits of own competence, and accepting accountability to relevant professional, academic and service managers. 7. Develop strategies to deal with the emotional and physical impact of practice and seek appropriate support where necessary, with due consideration for boundaries. 8. Engage in and learn from supervision Application of evaluation, research and enquiry 6 1. Plan and conduct rigorous research i.e. identify research questions, demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues, choose and implement appropriate methods and analysis, report outcomes and identify appropriate pathways for dissemination including publication. 2. Develop a critical understanding of the philosophy of research, including alternative epistemological positions to provide a context for theory construction [ESRC Guidelines for Professional Doctorates]. 3. Develop a critical understanding of research design, including the choice of alternative techniques, the formulation of researchable questions and appropriate alternative approaches to research [ESRC Guidelines for Professional Doctorates]. 4. Develop a critical understanding of methods of data collection and analysis, including quantitative and qualitative methods and appropriate skills [ESRC Guidelines for Professional Doctorates]. 5. Develop a critical understanding of specialist/advanced methods relevant to the individual s own research [ESRC Guidelines for Professional Doctorates]. 6. Select, design and implement approaches to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of interventions, to inform evidence-based practice. 7. Work with key role partners to support the design, implementation, conduct, evaluation and dissemination of research activities, and to support local authorities in conducting robust evidence-based research. 6 The Society s core requirement for all accredited Doctoral programmes is that trainees demonstrate the ability to conceptualise, design and conduct independent, original research of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication. This should include the ability to: identify appropriate research questions; understand and reflect on ethical issues; choose appropriate research methods and approaches to analysis; report outcomes; and identify appropriate pathways for dissemination. accreditation through partnership 19

20 2 THE STRUCTURE OF TRAINING 2.1 It is essential that programmes provide a broad, balanced, and integrated experience in training that enables trainee educational psychologists to achieve the required learning outcomes. 2.2 Programmes must provide a broad, balanced, and developmental set of academic, research and practice experiences throughout the three years of training. The academic component needs to provide an integrated curriculum supporting the practice and research training. The research training needs to be carefully planned and have sufficient time devoted to it to enable trainee educational psychologists to conduct research at a postgraduate level and to be in a position to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession and education practitioners. 2.3 The following sections provide a framework for training; however, it should be noted that the role of the educational psychologist encompasses work with a broad and diverse group of clients and role partners and takes place in a variety of contexts. Initial training provides foundation skills and knowledge across a broad range of learning experiences appropriate for entry to the profession. 2.4 Teaching and learning experiences and professional experience activities should provide broad and balanced coverage of the working contexts of educational psychologists (e.g. different phases of education, a wide range of pre-school education providers, health and social services provisions, voluntary and independent provisions), the full age range of clients, and experience of working with culturally diverse populations. Training should provide experiences of different styles of working including direct, indirect and multidisciplinary approaches. B Teaching and learning This part of our standards relates to Section 4 of the HCPC s Standards of Education and Training, which focuses on the ways in which those completing a programme develop the required professional skills and knowledge, and are fit to practise. In addition to HCPC s requirements, accredited programmes must meet the standards outlined below: 1. Programmes must have a statement of orientation and values that underlie their programme specification. In addition to articulating learning outcomes and an assessment strategy that reflect the competencies outlined in this handbook, programmes must be able to show how their orientation and values inform their teaching and learning strategy. 2. Trainees are entitled to expect a learning experience which meets their needs, and which is underpinned by research-led teaching, and a supportive and enabling learning environment. 3. Accredited programmes should be conducted within a demonstrable research culture, evidenced by the active current publication record of members of the programme team and other staff allied to the delivery of the programme. Research 4. Clear learning objectives should be provided for postgraduate research activity, which indicates the place of the research project in the overall curriculum and provides a basis for evaluation of learning. 5. During the programme trainees should undertake substantial empirical research projects and report them formally. All research should be based on ethical considerations, be relevant to professional educational psychology and conform to appropriate ethical codes of conduct. 20

21 6. Programmes should include teaching of research design and a range of different research methodologies. 7. Regular and scheduled supervision of research projects should be available to each trainee. The programme should outline the arrangements for supervising trainees research projects including time entitlement, the type and nature of support available and the respective roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and supervisee. C Supervised practice This part of our standards relates to Section 5 of the HCPC s Standards of Education and Training, which focuses on programmes practice placements. For Society-accredited Doctoral programmes in Educational Psychology, supervision is defined as a personal interaction between the trainee educational psychologist and their supervisor for the purpose of addressing the trainee s needs and performance in relation to the requirements of the accredited programme. In addition to HCPC s requirements, accredited programmes must meet the standards outlined below: 1. Programmes of three years duration should provide all trainee educational psychologists with practical work in a range of appropriate settings. It is expected that professional experience within Local Authorities will take place in all three years of the programme, and 300 days of the three years must be spent on placement. Work undertaken should reflect the generic role of the educational psychologist. Associated training activities should be additional to this professional placement work. 2. Members of the training Local Authority who act as supervisors of professional experience should, where possible, hold honorary appointments within the university department in recognition of their contribution to the teaching and learning process. Programmes will demonstrate that they offer supervisors resource facilities within the university. 3. TThere should be an effective system for ensuring the quality of supervision and learning experiences, achieved through a contract between the education provider and training Local Authorities. The Programme Director should be assured that the learning outcomes can be achieved through the provisions made by the training Local Authority. 4. Programmes must have access to an adequate number of appropriately qualified and experienced placement supervisors 7. A process should be in place that: i) identifies psychologists within the Service who meet the criteria for supervising trainee educational psychologists; ii) ensures that the learning opportunities provided to trainee educational psychologists are adequate to support them in achieving the learning outcomes of the programme; iii) ensures that the work which is allocated to trainee educational psychologists is appropriate; and iv) allows for all who have worked with an individual trainee educational psychologist to contribute to the ongoing evaluation of progress. 7 This sentence and the statements included at paragraphs 6 and 7 below reflect the Society s core requirements for the provision of supervision to trainees on accredited Doctoral programmes. They are intended to reflect that trainees will sometimes benefit from supervision from more than one person, and dependent on the work they are doing, that person may not always be an educational psychologist. accreditation through partnership 21

22 5. Procedures for the assessment of professional competence should be consistent across the education provider and the training Local Authority. Ultimate responsibility for the summative assessment of trainee educational psychologists competence must lie with the education provider. 6. Trainees will have a co-ordinating placement tutor or supervisor who is a qualified educational psychologist. The identification of a co-ordinating tutor or supervisor is intended to ensure that the trainee participates in supervision with an appropriately qualified psychologist for the majority of their training. The co-ordinating supervisor may be a member of the programme team. 7. In addition, trainees will have clinical or practice supervisors. These supervisors must be appropriately qualified, but may be registered in a different domain of psychology, or be a member of another profession: a) Psychologists providing supervision to trainees on accredited programmes must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. b) Members of other professions who are providing supervision to trainees on accredited programmes should normally be registered with an appropriate professional or statutory body. The nature of supervision provided will depend on the organisational context in which the placement takes place and may range from supervision of specific case work to supervision of the whole placement experience. It is for programmes to ensure that all supervisors, based on their training, experience and CPD, have the appropriate competencies to be offering the particular services in which they are supervising the trainee. 8. All supervisors are expected to have completed training in supervision as recognised by the Society or provided by the education provider. 9. Supervision can take many different forms. The lead placement supervisor should provide regular, formally protected supervision time. The equivalent of 30 minutes per day on placement should be provided as a minimum. Where the supervisor meets the trainee educational psychologist on a one-to-one basis, formal notes of the meeting should be kept. 10. There should be regular monitoring of the professional progress of individual trainee educational psychologists, who should be allocated to a specific programme tutor for this purpose. Arrangements for the monitoring of the practical experience and supervision provided to trainee educational psychologists should be clear. Contact between the programme and training Local Authority staff should be sufficiently frequent and flexible to allow for planning objectives, evaluating progress and dealing with problems as they arise. D Assessment This part of our standards relates to Section 6 of the HCPC s Standards of Education and Training, which outlines the standards that programmes need to meet in relation to assessment. In addition to HCPC s requirements, accredited programmes must meet the standards outlined below: 1. Assessment rules, regulations and criteria should be published in a full and accessible form and made freely available to students, staff and external examiners. 2. Assessment practices should be fair, valid, reliable and appropriate to the level of award being offered. Assessment should be undertaken only by appropriately qualified staff, who have been adequately trained and briefed, and given regular opportunities to update and enhance their expertise as assessors. 22

23 3. Education providers should have in place policies and procedures to deal thoroughly, fairly and expeditiously with problems which arise in the programme of assessment of students. These should include the grounds for student appeals against assessment outcomes, and the process that students should follow if they wish to pursue an appeal. accreditation through partnership 23

24 Programme standard 2: Working ethically The programme must include teaching on the Society s Code of Ethics and Conduct, and evaluation of students understanding of working ethically, as appropriate to the level of study. 8 The inclusion of this standard reflects the particular importance of ethics and ethical practice to psychologists. The Society s Code of Ethics and Conduct and supplementary ethical guidelines provide clear ethical principles, values and standards to guide and support psychologists decisions in the difficult and challenging situations they may face. Further information can be found at In addition to providing teaching on the Society s Code of Ethics and Conduct and relevant supplementary ethical guidelines, Masters and Doctoral programmes are also expected to make students aware of the Health and Care Professions Council s Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students. All accredited programmes are expected to include formal teaching on ethics, and should be able to demonstrate how working ethically is integral to all aspects of their provision, including research (as outlined below), and placement activities (where applicable). Students need to understand the ethical frameworks that apply to their research, and how to engage with these, as well as understanding the ethical implications of the research that they encounter and working with people more generally. Programmes should also seek to foster appropriate understanding of and competencies in ethical decision-making and practice, both at the general level and specific to the sorts of situations and contexts that applied psychologists face in their work, at the appropriate level. In evaluating students understanding of working ethically, education providers should have in place mechanisms for identifying and dealing with academic and professional misconduct, as appropriate to the programme(s) offered. The programme should consider the ways in which these mechanisms are publicised to students. 7 The Society s Ethics Committee is undertaking work on the development of a framework for the specification of ethical competencies, and how these may be taught and assessed at different levels of study. Its aim will be to provide guidance for psychology educators and professional psychology programmes in due course, and, once available, programmes will be encouraged to adopt that framework as appropriate to their provision. 24

25 Programme standard 3: Selection and entry The programme must apply appropriate selection and entry criteria that are consistent with promoting equality of opportunity and access to psychology to as diverse a range of applicants as possible. Education providers have certain obligations in relation to equality of opportunity and access in relation to UK legislation and the requirements of the Office for Fair Access (www.offa.org.uk), or equivalent. The Society is interested in the ways in which education providers implement their equality and diversity policies for the benefit of prospective and current psychology students / trainees. This standard is included because it is particularly important that those progressing to undertake professional training in psychology, and therefore those moving into employment as psychologists, reflect the demographics of the populations with whom they will be working. Similarly, the Society is keen to promote diversity in psychology students progressing towards careers as academics or researchers. Overall, it is important that psychological knowledge and expertise is reflected across a diverse range of people, and that this diversity is ultimately reflected throughout the Society s membership. This part of our standards relates to section 2 of the HCPC s Standards of Education and Training, which outlines the standards that programmes need to meet in relation to their selection and admission procedures. In addition to HCPC s requirements, accredited programmes must meet the standards outlined below: 1. The Society normally expects entrants to accredited stage two Doctoral programmes to be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) and have completed a Society accredited Masters programme in the relevant domain of psychology (unless the requirements of the latter are integrated into the Doctoral award). Programmes may also accept applicants who do not hold these qualifications, provided they have a clear rationale for doing so, and are able to put in place any additional support required by such applicants. This may include support to get up to speed on relevant aspects of psychological theory and research. Programmes may choose to retain eligibility for the GBC and completion of an accredited Masters as a minimum entry requirement should they so wish. 2. Programmes must provide clear information to students indicating that, in order to be eligible for Chartered membership of the Society and full Division membership, they will need to have completed both a programme granting eligibility for the GBC and an accredited Masters programme prior to commencing stage two training. Whilst students will normally undertake their training in this order, the reverse is also permissible. accreditation through partnership 25

26 3. Programmes may operate procedures for the accreditation of prior learning (APL) or existing competence (AEC) against the learning outcomes of the accredited award. The APL procedure should ensure that any exemptions against the taught content of the programme are granted on the basis of learning undertaken at Masters level. The AEC procedure should ensure that any exemptions against practice requirements are granted on the basis of competence gained following the trainee s achievement of eligibility for the GBC. 26

27 Programme standard 4: Society membership The programme must provide students with information on gaining membership of the Society at the appropriate level. This standard is included because it is important that education providers communicate the benefits of completing an accredited programme to their students. Programmes should familiarise students with the distinct role of the Society as the professional body and the Health and Care Professions Council as the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK. The Society s role is to develop and support the discipline of psychology, and to disseminate psychological knowledge to the public and policy makers. Belonging to the Society is an integral part of being a psychologist. It recognises graduates qualifications and reflects their aspiration to represent the highest possible professional standards. Programmes are encouraged to share the benefits of belonging to the Society with their students and trainees, for example by including the information provided on pages 6 8 in student handbooks. Completion of an accredited programme offers graduates a clear route to Society membership at the appropriate level, and therefore access to the full range of membership benefits, including a variety of services, publications, conferences, training and networking opportunities. Society membership also presents graduates with opportunities for developing and influencing the profession as leaders in their field in the future. For more information on the benefits of Society membership, see accreditation through partnership 27

28 Programme standard 5: Personal and professional development The programme must be able to articulate a strategy for supporting students development as psychologists, in a way that is appropriate to their level of study. The programme must have in place mechanisms for the support of students personal and / or professional development, as appropriate. This standard is included because close attention to students personal and professional development is key to their employability. Education providers may link with local and / or national employers in a variety of ways, and the Society is keen to develop its understanding of these approaches through partnership visits. Psychology graduates should explicitly understand how their training equips them with transferrable skills that are of value to employers. In particular, providers of postgraduate professional training programmes should consider the ways in which their students are supported in developing an identity as practitioner psychologists of the future, and be able to outline the resources that are allocated to leading and co-ordinating this aspect of their provision. Postgraduate programmes should also pay particular attention to professional development where students on accredited programmes are taught alongside other student groups (for example, those that do not hold eligibility for the GBC, or other professional groups). Opportunities for interdisciplinary working can enrich the learning experience, however, and where these exist education providers should clearly outline their availability for the benefit of students. The Society does not advocate a particular approach to programme delivery, and interdisciplinary or inter-professional learning may be more or less appropriate depending upon the organisational context within which the programme is operating. However, the Society is keen to collate clearer information on the range of approaches that are taken to learning and teaching through exploration and enquiry with education providers at partnership visits. This part of our standards does not relate directly to the HCPC s Standards of Education and Training. However, the steps outlined below will have a positive impact on the learning experience of trainee health psychologists. 1. The programme must have in place a personal tutor system, and trainee educational psychologists must have access to advice on their career development. Within the university each trainee should have, at all stages throughout the programme, a designated tutor who should take lead responsibility for monitoring and supporting the development of each trainee. Regular and scheduled tutorials should be held. 2. Programme directors, tutors and supervisors will be responsive to personal issues which bear on trainees professional performance and academic achievement. The programme should make provision so that such matters may be discussed with trainees in the normal course of events. 3. Programme staff should assist trainees who experience severe stress or emotional upset and should be given assistance in obtaining appropriate help. 28

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