Brad Powell, Senior Assistant Psychologist, PPN South East
The demand for psychological professionals is growing. To meet this need, the Psychological Professions Network (PPN) is taking steps to enable the expansion of the workforce. #PsychologicalProfessionsWeek, *a free conference* running from the 16th-20th November is your chance to hear about the exciting and innovative advancements within the psychological professions.
If you’re interested in becoming one of the 12 Psychological Professions in NHS Funded Healthcare, you will not want to miss the first workshop of the South East Regional Showcase. It is taking place on the 17th November, 13:00-14:30 and will be convened by Adrian Whittington. The workshop “Finding a Career in the Psychological Professions” consists of three sessions and will provide practical insights to inform your next steps to join the workforce, regardless of the stage of your career or current profession.
That’s right, you don’t need a degree in psychology to join the workforce! However, you will need good people skills and may need to demonstrate ability to study at degree level.
Session One: Career map for the Psychological Professions
Alice Plummer and Helen Leigh-Phippard
Whether you are a graduate, non-graduate or a mental health professional, the Career map can provide information on which psychological professions are open to you. The talk will showcase the development of the Career map, an innovative resource compiling useful information for those interested in becoming one of the 12 Psychological Professions working in NHS funded healthcare.
The session will also highlight how you can use and navigate the map to your advantages, while providing you with invaluable information and insights into the similarities and differences between each of the 12 Psychological Professions and their career pathways.
Session Two: Advice from the Aspiring Psychological Professionals Subnetwork Co-Chairs and PPN Senior Assistant Psychologists
Amy Pound, Brad Powell and Rachel Nethercott
This is a valuable and exciting opportunity to hear and learn from the unique experiences from three aspiring psychological professionals.
If you’re looking for practical advice from people currently working towards becoming a psychological professional, then this is an unmissable talk. Whether you are considering, or already on the path to becoming a psychological professional, hearing from these individuals will allow you to use their experiences to inform and advance your own career development.
Session Three: Psychological Professions funded by Health Education England; A Panel Discussion
Catherine Gallop, Daniel Salter, Gavin Lockhart, Kate Robertson, Mary John and Paul Farrand
Getting these highly sought-after leaders in the same (virtual) room is a unique opportunity. They will be discussing and sharing their insights on the differences between the professions, the range of routes onto each course, and how the professions work together! You’ll have the chance to hear from innovators representing the following professions funded by Health Education England: Clinical Psychologists, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and High-Intensity CBT, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners, Educational Mental Health Practitioners and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists.
This is an excellent opportunity to inform which type of profession and client group you would like to work with. If you have any questions for the panel, you simply have to write them in the chat box!
To view the full program and register for the conference (it’s free), please follow this link: https://fsmevents.com/ppn/
You can also check out the Career map for the Psychological Professions here: https://www.ppn.nhs.uk/resources/careers-map
Lastly, we recommend becoming a member to the PPN. It’s also free, and gives you access to the latest updates, events and our bi-monthly newsletter! For more, please see: https://www.ppn.nhs.uk/membership/how-to-become-a-member
We hope to see you on the 17th November and thank you for wanting to make a difference to our society.