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Psychological therapies. If you interested in using psychological techniques to help people with mental health problems, then a career in the psychological therapies could be for you.

Psychological therapies

One in four people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives and there are a range of roles that help and support people with different mental health problems from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder. Download transcript Many people working in the psychological therapies carry their own caseloads and work as autonomous professionals. You may also work with a team of professionals, such as art therapists, dramatherapists, music therapists, occupational therapists, teachers and social workers.

Acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional in psychological therapies involves training at either degree or post-graduate level. Increases in funding to tackle mental health also mean opportunities are increasing, especially through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative. 404 - Page Not Found. The secret trainee social worker's diary: 'My experiences as a carer help me' Monday I get a call from the Think Ahead team, checking some details before I start my role with them in July.

The secret trainee social worker's diary: 'My experiences as a carer help me'

I’ve been accepted on to their fast-track graduate programme, which means I’ll be joining an NHS mental health team to train as a social worker. My dad had bipolar disorder and I was his carer for many years. The experience helped me understand the barriers people with mental health problems face to participating fully in society. I applied to Think Ahead because I want to help other sufferers and their families. Tuesday I meet a young woman as part of the volunteering I do with Carers Federation, mentoring young people who look after parents with mental health problems. Today’s mentee is applying to university, and I help her draft her personal statement. Wednesday Today is devoted entirely to study; I’m a final-year music student at the University of Nottingham and can’t afford to slack off. Thursday Friday I’m still on a high from yesterday. Psychological%20therapies%20infographic 0.

Want to work as a mental health professional? Our top tips. How long does it take to qualify as a psychologist?

Want to work as a mental health professional? Our top tips

As a minimum, would-be clinical psychologists need to undertake an undergraduate degree [which can take three to four years] followed by three years’ clinical training, says clinical psychologist Dr Tim Smith. He warns that securing a clinical training place often takes two years’ work experience in a related job. What hours can I expect to work in the mental health sector? Don’t expect a 9-to-5 job. “The hours are a definite negative,” says clinical psychologist Dr John Duffy, who worked weekends at the start of his career and still tends to work evenings. I’m interested in changing careers to train as a psychotherapist. While assistant psychologist jobs are seen as the traditional route into training they’re not the only way, says Smith. Dr Kevin Morgan, a psychology lecturer for the University of Westminster, believes age is no barrier to changing career.

Expert advice on getting a job in mental health – live chat. Britons no longer find therapy taboo.

Expert advice on getting a job in mental health – live chat

We now spend more than £385m a year on mental health – with the demand for therapy tripling in the last 10 years. And the benefits aren’t just for patients: working in the industry can be highly rewarding too. “I can’t think of a more fulfilling career, one that is designed solely to decrease suffering. There’s nothing I’d rather do with my life,” says Dr John Duffy, clinical psychologist and author.

“It’s an honour to do this work,” agrees Ryan Howes, therapist and author of Psychology Today’s In Therapy blog. So, how are roles in mental health diversifying with the UK’s growing need for counselling? So, if you’re looking for a fulfilling career in mental health, join us on Thursday 13 August from 1-3pm BST for a live chat with the experts. Mental health charities can help people where the NHS cannot. With one in four people suffering from mental health problems each year, and one in 10 young people, the challenges facing services are significant.

Mental health charities can help people where the NHS cannot

This is a sizeable population and a range of responses is needed for their treatment, including community-based options. The role of the voluntary and community organisations in supporting mental health conditions is well established. These organisations are rooted in their communities, are trusted by the people they work with, have a long history of social action and user-led interventions, sit outside of clinical settings, and are able to offer significant and effective levels of support. The NHS Five Year Forward View explicitly refers to the voluntary and charitable sector as having an important role in helping to meet key challenges facing the health and social care system, and it argues for a new relationship with patients and communities.

CoolTan Arts, based in Southwark, is run by and for people with mental distress.