Doctor of Clinical Psychology

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The degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy/DClinPsych/ClinPsyD) is a professional doctorate in clinical psychology, awarded mainly in the United Kingdom. The degree has both clinical and research components, and qualifies the holder to practice as a clinical psychologist in Britain's National Health Service and other clinical settings. It is loosely equivalent to the Doctor of Psychology degree in the United States. In Denmark the corresponding degree is called "specialpsykolog" (Special Psychologist), in the Netherlands the corresponding degree is "gezondheidszorgpsycholoog" (Healthcare Psychologist).[1]

In the United Kingdom, doctoral programmes in Clinical Psychology are accredited by the British Psychological Society. The programme normally lasts three years, and funding is provided by the National Health Service.[2] A Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is necessary to register as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

British universities offering professional doctoral programmes in Clinical Psychology include the University of Edinburgh,[3] University of Glasgow,[4] University of Hertfordshire,[5] Teesside University,[6] University of East London,[7] University of Sheffield,[8] University of Liverpool,[9] University College London,[10] Newcastle University,[11] and the University of Oxford.[12] There is a central clearinghouse for applications to Doctor of Clinical Psychology programmes, hosted by the University of Leeds.[13] Information and discussion about the UK system of training in clinical psychology, what it takes to gain a place on doctoral training, and what the qualification allows you to do in practise can be found on the [14]

In Spain, the postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology is carried out as 4 years intern residence within the National Health System and the title obtained is "Especialista en Psicología Clínica [Specialist in Clinical Psychology]", usually abbreviated "EPC".

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